Dialog Box

Special Event - Screening of 'Live the life you please'

Screening to be followed by live Q&A

5:30PM - 8:30PM Tuesday 23rd May 2023
Palace Kino, 45 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC

Event Program

The event will be held at the Palace Kino, Collins St, Melbourne on the 23 May 2023.

5.30pm - Light refreshments will be provided and drinks will be available for purchase from the bar. 

6.00pm - Event Commencement

6:15pm - Louise McKinlay, Deputy Secretary for Commissioning System Improvement, Department of Health Victoria will launch the film.

6:25pm - Screening of Live the life you please feature documentary.

8:00pm - Panel discussion and Q&A led by Dr Stephen Duckett.

As part of National Palliative Care Week, Palliative Care Victoria and Spiritual Health Association invite you to a special screening of ‘Live the life you please’, a feature length documentary about palliative care. The film promotes the importance of holistic care that is inclusive of spiritual care, to ensure that spiritual needs are met to the very end of life.

We are thrilled to announce that Louise McKinlay (Deputy Secretary for Commissioning System Improvement, Department of Health Victoria) will launch the event and Dr Stephen Duckett AM (Grattan Institute) will MC the evening.

‘Live the life you please’ follows the stories of Australians of all ages and different stages of disease, in a variety of geographical locations, cultural, socio-economic and personal circumstances.   The people you will meet in the film will stay with you forever – their powerful stories become something that reaches into your hearts.

The film is part of a broader social impact campaign and makes the social and economic case for increased support of essential services including palliative care, aged care, community care, allied health and the support of carers at home.

Watch the official trailer below:

Live Q&A session

Following the film screening, a live Q&A session will be held with a panel of participants from the film including Dr Mark Boughey, Nurse Consultant Amy Noble, Spiritual Care Practitioner Russell Armstrong and Music Therapist Clare O’Callaghan.

View this helpful page about how to get to the Palace Kino.


Registration for this unique event is now open. Scroll to the top of the page to register and purchase your tickets.

Join us for this meaningful and inspiring evening to raise awareness about the importance of compassionate care at the end of life.

Speaker and Panelist Introductions

More information about the list of speakers to come.

Dr Stephen Duckett AM

Dr Stephen Duckett is an Honorary Enterprise Professor in the School of Population and Global Health and in the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne. He has held top health sector leadership positions in Australia and Canada and literally wrote the book on the Australian health care system (Oxford University Press, 6e, 2022). He co-authored the Grattan Institute reports on end-of-life care.  He is chair of the South Australian Health Performance Council which is currently undertaking a review of palliative care in that state initiated by the state’s Minister for Health. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in January 2023 for significant service to public health policy and management, and to tertiary education.

Louise McKinlay

Louise McKinlay is currently the Deputy Secretary for Commissioning System Improvement (CSI) in Department of Health Victoria. CSI stewards and commissions health and community services across Victoria. They have a broad policy and program portfolio and oversee the performance of Victoria’s publicly funded health services.

Louise is a Values driven, strategic and compassionate executive leader, with a reputation for driving quality and safety across large and complex health systems and health services. 

A strong clinical background supported by outstanding engagement and communication skills. Ability to lead and galvanise a broad range of stakeholders to achieve an extensive range of enduring outcomes. Louise has a track record of creating vision and driving strategic results by building high performing teams and productive professional and personal relationships.

Amy Noble

Amy is an experienced and skilled palliative care clinical nurse consultant with a wide knowledge of patient care. She has been working in the palliative care sector for many years in numerous senior nursing positions across inpatient, community and consultative settings. She has a wide range of experience in different settings within the health system, both here and overseas and is currently the Senior Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultant for the Parkville Integrated Palliative Care Service at Royal Melbourne Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Amy is passionate about improving quality of life and end of life care for individuals with life limiting illness. She holds a Masters in Advanced Nursing Palliative Care and Oncology.

Dr Clare O'Callaghan AM

Dr Clare O’Callaghan AM is a music therapist and researcher with Caritas Christi and Psychosocial Cancer Care, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. Since 1985, Clare has worked as a palliative care music therapist and qualitative research lead / supervisor on over 55 psycho-oncology and palliative care studies. Two current research foci are psychedelic assisted psychotherapy and mesothelioma. She has held numerous honorary academic positions and now also works as a qualitative research consultant. In 2019, Clare became a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to community health.

Russell Armstrong

Russell commenced with Barwon Health in 2008, and provides spiritual and supportive care within both inpatient and community palliative care. He previously worked within secondary education for 25 years as teacher, youth worker and particularly school chaplain. In 2012 Russell introduced Dignity Therapy to Barwon Health after training with its Canadian founder Dr Harvey Chochinov. DT invites patients with a life-limiting illness to reflect upon who they are, what they have done and learnt in life, and what they would like to say to the people who matter the most to them. Russell and a volunteer team of Dignity Therapists he helps lead – a world first - have now conducted DT with nearly 300 patients.

A/Prof Mark Boughey

Mark has oversight of the Centre for Palliative Care’s (CPC) education programs, as well as supervising a broad range of palliative services, research and education in his dual roles at the CPC and at St Vincent’s Hospital. He is also involved in service development on a local, state and national level as Chair and Clinical Lead of the Victorian Palliative Care Network. Mark is involved in the International Collaborative for Best Care of the Dying Person, and Chairs both the Renal Supportive Care Pathway Working Group and the Victorian Aboriginal Palliative Care Collaborative. Nationally, Mark is the immediate past president of the Royal Australian College of Physicians Chapter of Palliative Medicine, and has mentored emerging palliative medicine leaders in less developed countries through the International Palliative Medicine Leadership Development Initiative.

For more information about the event, please contact:

Palliative Care Victoria
9662 9644

Spiritual Health Association
0416 887 254