On behalf of the organising committee I am delighted to invite you to attend the 2017 NSW Palliative Care Volunteer Conference to held at Maitland in the Hunter Valley.
You might know of Maitland as the place for heritage buildings, music festivals and weekends away. You might even know that Maitland was once the second biggest town in Australia, and that actors John Bell and Abbie Cornish, as well as national treasure Margaret Olley, were born there.
Maitland is also home for the historic Monte Pio which was once an orphanage and later a convent. Monte Pio is a a great example of how an architectural expression can be replenished to bring new life.
Monte Pio, now Mecure Monte Pio Resort, will be our venue for the 2017 Conference with the theme Expressions of Care.
Expressions of Care refers to the art of compassion, and the unique calling of palliative care volunteers to express their care artfully and compassionately. We hope that you will take away new ideas for expressing their own humanity through art, new ways to engage with people at all life ages and stages through artistic media, and a renewed commitment to care for people at end of life.
A big thank you to our Sponsors and Supporters for making the conference possible!
I look forward to seeing you on the 19th of May in Maitland.
Convenor, NSW Network of Palliative Care Volunteer Managers
Sarah (R) with the organising team at the 2015 Conference at Nan Tien Temple