What is ChiLL?

What do We Do?

ChiLL a short seminar program that invites participants to explore their options when planning for death.

Our seminar seeks to go beyond the usual “Making of a Will” and whether to be “Cremated or Buried” and introduces the subjects of:

  • Enduring Power of Attorney and Enduring Power of Guardianship
  • Advanced Care Planning and how to Assemble an Advanced Care Plan and directive
  • Preparing for the Family and Other Carers
  • Palliative Care – What it is and isn’t and how to access it
  • Voluntary Assisted Dying – What it is and isn’t and how to access it
  • Death Doula Services including local resources
  • Organ Donation
  • Funeral Planning and How to Celebrate a Life

The emphasis throughout is a practical demonstration about how to access the resources, services and people that assist in these tasks.

The Seminar

Our program typically runs for 2 hours and ends with a panel discussion with the Speakers, followed by a smorgasbord of takeaway resources for participants.

It is aimed at groups of Seniors with capacity (ideally fewer than 40 at a time) and their Family and Carers, or anyone who works in end-of-life care.

Any space that accommodates such a group is suitable, but good acoustics and a refreshment break is essential, whilst audiovisual resources and a welcoming group seating arrangement is desirable.

Our Contributors

We have a panel of experts who work in the field. They include a doctor, palliative care nurse, a community engagement volunteer in preparedness, a death doula and a (civil) funeral celebrant. They have honed their presentations over a number of seminars presented to groups in Retirement Villages since 2021.

Our Organizers

Max Brinsmead spent four decades overseeing the arrival of lives as an obstetrician but, like a number of his colleagues who were privileged to be part of that process, believes that the medical profession needs to do better at the other end of life. Phone 0409 870 346  Email max@brinsmead.net.au  or leave a Note on the Welcome Page to this Website.

Judith Jackson has spent decades as activist and volunteer in the community of Woolgoolga. Judy is a passionate believer in living the best life you can for as long as you can; an advocate for being prepared and dying in comfort and dignity. Phone 0417 923 333  Email jujujackson@bigpond.com

Please phone, SMS or email us with your proposal or questions.

Resources:

Advanced Care Directives – short notes from the presentation by Jill Nash (Word)

Advanced Care Directives (Getting it Done) – Jill Nash (.pdf)

Your Checklist (Preparing for the Inevitable) – Jill Nash (Word)

Voluntary Assisted Dying – A seminar presentation by Dr Max Brinsmead (Powerpoint) (.pdf)

Choices in Later Life – A seminar presentation by Dr Helena Johnston (.pdf)

Links:

Making an Advance Care DirectiveNSW Form and Information Booklet.

Appointing an Enduring GuardianAdvice for NSW residents and Form

Digital Legacy Association: the global organisation supporting the public and professional bodies with digital assets planning and digital legacy safeguarding. Includes advice about Social Media accounts such as Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

Go Gentle Australia: Committed to making Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) available to all terminally ill Australians.

Dying with Dignity NSW: Committed to making VAD available as a choice in NSW.

M Brinsmead

26 January 2023