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Dying re-imagined: designing a better way to die

Sydney Ideas



Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium Johns Hopkins Drive The University of Sydney

Dr BJ Miller, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco

Approaching death is an opportunity for individuals and those who care for them to reduce unnecessary suffering and achieve something more human and humane. Sadly, few dying people or their carers achieve these ends. What can we do differently?

In this exclusive Sydney Ideas event, Dr BJ Miller - a TED speaker and hospice and palliative medicine physician, will reveal how The Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco is redesigning palliative care to bring compassion and imagination to the care of the dying.

His presentation will be followed by an expert panel discussion and opportunities to ask questions.


Dr BJ Miller is a hospice and palliative medicine physician. He sees patients and families at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he also teaches and serves on faculty. He also serves as Advisor for Zen Hospice Project, a residential hospice facility and education center in San Francisco which he directed from 2011 through 2015. Dr Miller also consults at the intersection of palliative care and design and speaks frequently on this topic.
Professor Kate White is Professor of Nursing at the University of Sydney. She has worked in clinical, education and research areas specialising in cancer and palliative care throughout her career. Her major research interests include supportive care in cancer and palliative care and psychosocial and quality of life issues in cancer.
Professor Rod MacLeod is Senior Staff Specialist in Palliative Care at HammondCare in Sydney, and Conjoint Professor in Palliative Care at the University of Sydney’s Northern Clinical School. He was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2015.

Cost: Free and open to all with online registration requested here