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13th October 2023

You're invited to 12 free morning teas across South Australia


Compassionate Communities are networks of support for people experiencing a serious illness, ageing, disability, dying, grief and caregiving.

This November, South Australians are invited to attend free morning teas and compassionate community conversations across the state.

The Compassionate Community Conversations morning teas will focus on the principles of ‘compassionate communities’, which is the theme for this year’s World Hospice and Palliative Care Day on 14 October 2023.

“This will be the largest series of compassionate community conversations that has ever been held in the State. Everyone is invited and it’s a chance for everyone to discuss and consider individual and collective strategies for nurturing compassionate communities in everyone’s neighbourhood,” said Adjunct Associate Professor Shyla Mills, CEO of Palliative Care SA.

“Everyone will know someone who experiences a serious illness, ageing, disability, dying, grief, or caregiving. It might be a family member, friend, colleague, schoolteacher, or neighbour. It is a normal part of life, but it usually is something people find difficult to talk about or to know how to help.”

These events are led by Palliative Care South Australia (PCSA), in collaboration with Carers SA, funded by Country SA PHN and Adelaide PHN, supported by Government of South Australia SA Health and The Hospital Research Foundation Group – Palliative Care is the proud event sponsor.

The sessions will be held in November at locations in Woodville, Marion, Modbury North, Mount Barker, Victor Harbor, Port Lincoln, Mount Gambier, Whyalla, Murray Bridge, Berri, Port Pirie, and Kadina.

“Twelve free morning teas and one-and-a-half-hour compassionate community conversations will be hosted in November. This will enable us to develop true insight into local networks of support across South Australia and in March 2024 we will provide everyone who attended a collated state-wide report,” said Adj. Assoc Prof Mills.

Conversation participants will receive information and resources about services that support open conversations about becoming a more compassionate neighbour and building local compassionate communities.

“The Hospital Research Foundation Group – Palliative Care is committed to ensuring all South Australians have access to quality palliative care, no matter where they live. Facilitating opportunities for education and conversations through these sessions is an important step forward in achieving that,” said Fi Abraham, Program Director at THRFG Palliative Care.

Everyone is invited. This is an important conversation for the whole community.

Locations and dates:

Victor Harbor – Wednesday 1 November
Venue: Recreation Centre, Inman Room Time: 10.00-11.30am

Woodville – Thursday 2 November
Venue: Woodville Town Hall Time: 10.00-11.30am

Mt Barker – Friday 3 November
Venue: Laratinga Pavilion Time: 10.00-11.30am

Marion – Thursday 9 November
Venue: Marion Cultural Centre Time: 10.00-11.30am

Mt Gambier – Friday 10 November
Venue: The Commodore Time: 10.00-11.30am

Whyalla – Wednesday 15 November
Venue: Westland Hotel Time: 10.00-11.30am

Port Lincoln – Thursday 16 November
Venue: Marina Hotel Time: 10.00-11.30am

Murray Bridge – Monday 20 November
Venue: Bridgeport Hotel Time: 10.00-11.30am

Berri – Wednesday 22 November
Venue: Berri Hotel Time: 10.00-11.30am

Tea Tree Gully – Thursday 23 November
Venue: Burragah Recreation Centre Time: 10.00-11.30am

Port Pirie – Wednesday 29 November
Venue: Port Pirie Sports Precinct Time: 10.00-11.30am

Kadina – Monday 30 November
Venue: Copper Coast Sport and Leisure Centre Time: 10.00-11.30am