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Why create an end of life training course?

People often ask why I created my end of life consultant training course. The answer is easy - I wanted a comprehensive and inclusive course that taught evidence-based content, but I couldn't find one.
This is a picture of Annetta Mallon, a woman with white curly hair. Annetta is sitting at a wooden table writing with end of life books and papers around her.
After 18 months of writing, designing, planning and recording, the GDEP training course is now live and online.

When I realised that the course I really wanted to take didn't exist I began thinking about what an end of life training course that was comprehensive and inclusive should include.


I took a long time gathering my own ideas, knowledge from all my years of study and teaching, and then realised that a quick weekend workshop just wasn't going to cut it. This is why the Gentle Death Education and Planning course has four core Tiers with Masterclasses to augment the core content - training in this area needs to be broad enough to be useful in a variety of settings and from a variety of cultural perspectives. I also knew that many people from overseas look to Australia for end of life training, as well as people who have work commitments and have busy schedules, so another face-to-face, immersive training course was not going to meet these needs.


Taking all of this on board, some of the more important elements I built into the course include:

  • Evidence-based content, so you don't get just an opinion and students can understand the overall context of history, culture and the social in terms of death and dying

  • All seven non-medical end of life roles so you don't spend extra time and money learning about them in different places, or spend money getting duplicate information. Understanding all the roles helps each person better recognise which area/s they themselves want to work in

  • A range of expert contributors to ensure that course content is of the highest possible standard and students gain multiple perspectives from international specialists

  • Online training with unlimited access to the content allows students to learn at their own pace at a time that suits them, but with no pressure to complete to a deadline

  • A focus on language so that students understand the common phrases, concepts and terms in end of life work

  • Regular live QandA webinars with Annetta means students are not left in isolation. Webinars currently run twice a month, but this may increase, depending upon student need

  • The opportunity for personal reflection and critical thinking, supporting students to be professional, respectful, and inclusive in their end of life work and communications

  • Content is regularly updated, ensuring legislative changes and best practice are current and appropriate


Enrol today at gdep.teachable.com to study at your own pace at times that suit you.


Some people are interested in learning from me, and I will be offering face-to-face training when workshops may be conducted safely - however please bear in mind that this will not happen until at least mid-2021. One of my guiding principles is safe and appropriate professional practice, and this extends to how I offer training to students.


If you have questions, or would like more information please email training@gdep.com.au - I am happy to talk with you.

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