Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial

Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial

This event will include a presentation by Dr Kathryn Mannix, practical examples of how to initiate and guide quality conversations about dying and palliative care, and short sessions of group conversation.

Societal discomfort with the topic of death and dying poses a challenge for medical professionals, with many patients ill-prepared for honest conversations about their own mortality. Dr Kathryn Mannix is a best-selling British author and expert in palliative care who has made it her mission to help medical professionals guide patients and their families through this often unwelcome subject with skill, confidence, and humanity, and to make it more common for people to think through the process of dying well.

The event will feature a response conversation considering the New Zealand context, hosted by local palliative care expert Professor Rod MacLeod, and finishing with a session of audience Q+A with both Dr Mannix and Professor MacLeod.

The “Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial” activity has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 2 CME credits, for the General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.

Expected learning outcomes:

  • To review the physiological process of dying and dying trajectories. 
  • To consider how this information can be conveyed to the public at large, and to individual patients, in a way that is meaningful and acceptable. 
  • To consider how better public understanding of "normal dying" can impact on planning of individual care, and on planning of health and social support services. 
  • To consider the role of story-telling in presenting difficult information to the non-medical public. 
  • To develop personal "scripts" that enable participants to describe the process of dying to patients and their families in a supportive and consoling manner.

To register, visit the website. For queries, contact the organiser via email or call 027 285 3975.


27 February 2019 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.


Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT

WG Building 2 Governoy FitzRoy Place



Diary Date: 
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 19:00