Joan Carr was born in 1934 in Melbourne Australia. Sheù trained as a teacher and then specialised in Teaching the Deaf and taught for 4 years at the School for the Deaf in Melbourne, Australia. She married in 1957 and had 6 children and in 1968 the whole family migrated to Canada where they lived for the next 20 years. During that time Joan taught at a State institution for the physically and intellectually disabled while gaining a Bachelor of Arts, running a farm with her husband and doing a great deal of travelling within North America. In 1987 Joan established a department of Special Education at Women’s Teachers’ College in Zonkwa, Nigeria. After returning to Australia Joan worked as a boarding supervisor at St Vincent’s College in Sydney while gaining a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies. She moved to Hobart in 1994 and became active in University of the Third Age, the Hamilton Literary Society and the Clarence Positive Ageing Committee, also volunteering as a literacy tutor working mainly with migrants.
aWake Before Death – an end of life care health promotion project
The ‘aWake Before Death’ (ABD) project came about through a collaborative partnership process based on existing relationships between: Clarence City Council’s Positive Ageing Network (PAN) for service providers, the Clarence Positive Ageing Advisory Committee (CPAAC), and the Clarence Community Volunteer Service; Fairway Rise Retirement Living Village; Salmutations – Music Therapy; Community Conversations; and the Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre (WMNC)
With the Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre as the auspice organisation, the partnership group applied for and received a grant from the Better Access to Palliative Care Program through the Tasmanian Association of Hospice and Palliative Care (TAHAPC) Inc. Council also contributed funds from its Positive Ageing Plan towards the project.
The aim of ABD is to engage people of all ages in Clarence in the promotion and education of end-of-life planning, through the use of stories, music and the arts, to help build knowledge, awareness and capacity across the community in a sustainable way.
aWake Before Death was planned and led by a partnership group within the Clarence area of Tasmania, Australia. The group worked together with local residents over seven months conducting conversations on death and dying, grief and bereavement and end-of-life planning. A very moving film clip was produced with some residents.
The film is part of a suite of flexible resources to promote awareness of death and dying and to encourage other communities to have conversations about end-of-life planning. The film can be uploaded on websites and social media and used globally in a variety of settings for education and training.
This paper presentation will outline the project as positive health promotion leading up to palliative care where the motto is: Share your stories; Celebrate life and living; Let’s start the conversations; and
Let’s talk about death.