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PCA Connect - Communication in Perinatal Palliative Care

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) is proud to present ‘Communication in Perinatal Palliative Care’.

When expectant or new parents are navigating the news that their child’s life may not be a long one, words matter. Join us as we discuss communication in the complex world of perinatal palliative care.

Staff in maternity and neonatal care will leave the session with practical tips on communication with families around prognosis and the death of their infant, as well as better knowledge of the health and community services that can support health staff and families.

Key topics include:

  • Holding space for hard emotions
  • Communication strategies with families
  • Specialist palliative care and hospice services
  • What consumers want you to know
  • Applying palliative care principles in the birthing hospital


  • Pieta Shakes (MC) – Executive Director of ‘Through the Unexpected’, lecturer and researcher at James Cook University, and clinical work in mental health nursing. Pieta’s work is inspired by her lived experience of a perinatal diagnosis.
  • Dr Deborah Gilmour – Neonatologist, Clinical Co-lead Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (cardiac & surgical), Mater Mothers’ Hospital, Brisbane
  • Dr Freya Nicholas – Paediatric Palliative Care Specialist and General Paediatrician, Queensland Paediatric Palliative Care Service.
  • Rebecca May – Advanced Nurse Consultant, Nurse Manager, South Australia Paediatric Palliative Care Service
  • Tara Corder is a compassionate advocate for perinatal palliative care. As a bereaved mother herself, she recognises the importance of providing families with support and guidance during such a difficult time. Tara's collaboration with the University of Canberra has allowed her to share her personal experiences with midwifery students, empowering them to better support families navigating the loss of their child.

This webinar is produced in collaboration with the Paediatric Palliative Care National Action Plan Project.

As part of the Paediatric Palliative Care National Action Plan Project,  PCA will be releasing an education module on communication in paediatric palliative care, which may be of interest to attendees of this webinar. PCA is also launching an updated version o what’s affectionately called the ‘Green Book’- A Practical Guide to Palliative Care in Paediatrics. Stay up to date with these resources via PCA’s eNews and The Paediatric Newsletter.

“Thank-you for all your professionalism and knowledge/wisdom and helping me to better understand Paediatric Palliative Care.”

“Thank you one and all. A great session with some wonderful information and tools in which to utilise in practice”

“Thank you all for the fantastic webinar. It has been very rewarding to learn from all of your perspectives.”