DöBra research program at the 6th Public Health Palliative Care International Conference, Australia
Three researchers from the Division of Innovative Care Research travelled to Australia along with Professor Rebecca Hilton, choreographer at the Stockholm University of the Arts, to present their work in the DöBra research program at the 6th Public Health Palliative Care International conference in the Blue Mountains, Australia.
The conference, which took place between 13-16 October 2019, included several presentations by the DöBra research group. One of the highlights of the four day conference was the workshop entitled “Knowledge exchange, sustainability and innovation: Examples from the DöBra research program”, facilitated by the four participants.
Max Kleijberg, PhD student at the Division of Innovative Care Research at the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics, presented work from his recently published article Navigating power dynamics in engaging communities in end-of-life issues - Lessons learned from developing community-based intergenerational arts initiatives about death and loss.
Carol Tishelman, who initiated and leads DöBra, a national research program, presented research on Sámi death systems conducted within Lena Kroik’s doctoral project. Lena is a PhD student at Umeå University and the Centre for Rural Medicine in Storuman, conducting research on the Sámi and end-of-life care. She also works at the Glesbygdsmedicinsk Center in Storuman as a district nurse.
The DöBra team was instrumental in a pre-conference workshop to further the state of the art of research in the field of public health and palliative care. Carol was also co-arranger of a workshop presenting early results from an international comparative study.
After the conference, Carol Tishelman and Max Kleijberg continued to Melbourne, invited to work with a collaboration – inspired by DöBra – between RMIT University and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. They also presented their research at the RMIT Health Transformation Lab for the public and met with colleagues working in the field at LaTrobe University. Furthermore, Carol was invited to hold the annual Trevor Anderson Oration address at Peter Mac.