Compassionate Communities Network


Compassionate Communities Network

Compassionate Communities Network aims to promote and integrate social approaches to dying, death and bereavement in the everyday life of individuals and communities. 

Our objective is to do this by:

  • identifying and promoting leading practices in the field of public health and social approaches to dying, death and bereavement and embed these in public policy
  • leading and advocating for and contributing to, palliative care and end-of-life social policy
  • encouraging, establishing and strengthening partnerships that support community capacity building and resilience in issues surrounding dying, death and bereavement
  • furthering research in the field of public health/social approaches to dying, death and bereavement in culturally diverse communities.


About us


About us


The Compassionate Communities Network began after the 1st International Public Health Palliative Care Conference in Kerala, India in 2009. A number of like-minded people came together and began collaborating to develop a network here in Australia.

The Compassionate Communities Network is open to everyone who is interested in social approaches to end of life.

Our founding members include:

Dr Bruce Rumbold (La Trobe University School of Public Health, VIC)

Deborah Morris (La Trobe University School of Public Health, VIC)

Dr John Rosenberg (ACU & Calvery Hospice, ACT)

Kerrie Noonan (The GroundSwell Project, NSW)

Shyla Mills (Glass Half Full Projects & South East Palliative Care, VIC)

Odette Waanders (Palliative Care Victoria, VIC)

Barbara Young (Hume Region Palliative Care, VIC)

Jason Mills (Glass Half Full Projects & Eastern Health, VIC)

Caroline Short (Cessnock/Kurri Kurri and Singleton Palliative Care, NSW)


Molly Carlile (Death Talker, VIC)

Mary Tehan (Ultimacy, VIC)

Sue Salau (VIC)

Will Hallahan (Palliative Care Western Australia, WA)

Kate Stuart (Hunter New England Health, NSW)

Rachel Coghlan (VIC)

Fiona Gardner (La Trobe University, School of Social Work, VIC)

Helen Corbett (North & West Metropolitan Region Palliative Care Consortium, VIC)

Jan Obery (Western Adelaide Palliative Care, SA)

Gretchen Irvine (Palliative Care Australia, ACT)




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