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GDEP is about to launch an innovative End of Life Training course - meet the experts for Tier 1

Updated: Sep 29

As keen-eyed Gentle Readers are aware, a comprehensive and inclusive End of Life Consultant training program is launching soon from GDEP and Dr Annetta Mallon - but what many of you may not know is that there are a variety of experts from Australia and overseas who are contributing their own specialist content to the course to ensure the course is as complete as possible for students. This series of posts will highlight a contributor, and provide an overview of the specialist knowledge and experience they will bring to the learning experience.

Dr Kerrie Noonan

Central NSW, Australia

Specialist: Death Literacy, Compassionate Communities.

Dr Kerrie Noonan is a clinical psychologist and social researcher. 

Over the past 25 years Kerrie has been working to create a more death literate society, one where people and communities have the practical know-how needed to plan well and respond to dying death and grief. Kerrie has a long-standing interest in community capacity building approaches to death, dying and bereavement, palliative care and how people can build their death literacy. She was the founding executive director of The GroundSwell Project and national initiatives Dying to Know Day, FilmLife Project and ComComHub. She is active in the Compassionate Communities movement internationally.

Kerrie is a warm, humorous practitioner and researcher, who brings death literacy to life in her work.

Kerrie is a member of the Caring at End of Life Research team at Western Sydney University, and is an Investigator on the Death Literacy Index project. This pioneering research has investigated the role of family, friends and neighbours play when someone is dying at home and coined the term ‘death literacy’ and on the team that developed the Death Literacy Index.


Kerrie was awarded her PhD in 2018 by Western Sydney University for her study titled Renegade Stories: A study of deathworkers using social approaches to dying, death and loss in Australia. Kerrie has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology, a BA (Psychology), and a Grad. Dip. in Systemic Therapy (Family Therapy) and a fellow of the Sydney School for Social Entrepreneurs. She is on the council of Public Health Palliative Care International.


Who is the GDEP End of Life Consultant training for?

Anyone and everyone. From absolute beginners who want a new career in the growth field of end of life work - or someone who wants to better support a person you love at end of life - to seasoned end of life workers, this training is designed to offer new ideas, experiences, stories, and approaches to professional practice and healthy self-care for planners, End of Life Doulas, grief workers, and funeral celebrants, home funeral advocates, and death literacy enthusiasts. Each of the four core Tiers, and the in-depth specialist-subject Masterclasses, draws on multiple perspectives, ensuring that you will be able to offer the best possible standard of care and support for all your client's needs. To register your interest in the course please email training@gdep.com.au or visit the training page on the GDEP website.


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