While our eventual mortality is the one thing we all have in common, proper conversation about death is rare. We don’t often discuss it, we avoid planning for it, and we can be tragically caught out when illness takes our loved ones from us. Our understanding and expectations of death are powerfully shaped by the dramatised experiences we see on screens instead of the normal processes of dying that play out regularly in hospitals, hospices, and other places we rarely care to look.
Join us for an evening where international best-selling author and pioneer of palliative care Dr Kathryn Mannix will draw from her decades of experience with thousands of dying people to discuss how accessible, quality palliative care can improve our society’s relationship with the process of death and dying. She will deliver a short presentation and join a panel with New Zealand experts Professor Rod MacLeod and Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell to discuss what might need to change societally and culturally to improve the way we support dying New Zealanders and those who care for them, finishing with a time of audience Q+A.
Dr Kathryn Mannix is on a mission to revolutionise the way we think and talk about the process of death and dying. A pioneer of palliative medicine in the UK for over 30 years, her best-selling book With The End In Mind (shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize) sends a vital message to the living and answers the most urgent, intimate, and fascinating questions about the end-of-life process with touching honesty and humility.
Professor Rod MacLeod
An honoured member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to hospice and palliative care, Professor MacLeod has worked in countries across the globe, researching, teaching, and advising medical professionals on end of life care. Previously an Associate Professor at University of Auckland, and a Conjoint Professor of Palliative Care at the University of Sydney, Professor MacLeod is now an honorary Professor in the Northern Clinical School, and continues as an Honorary Academic in Palliative Care at the University of Auckland.
Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell
Dr Moeke-Maxwell (Ngāi Tai ki Tamaki & Ngāti Porou) is a Research Fellow and member of the Te Arāi Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group, School of Nursing, University of Auckland. Her interests include palliative care research with an emphasis on Māori whānau perspectives of end of life care. Tess is a member of Hospice New Zealand’s Governance Board and has contributed to the development of the Foundations of Spiritual Care Training Programme. She also sits on the Advance Care Planning Advisory Group and is currently the lead researcher on HRC funded Pae Herenga study; this project investigates tikanga and kawa Māori whānau draw from at end of life.