If you work in a critical care setting in Australia you need to know about the FREE Family Donation Conversation Workshops being run by Donate Life.
I attended the FDC workshop in Melbourne this week. The group was a great mix of intensivists, registrars, nurses and organ donor coordinators from all over Australia. Pre-specified seating meant the doctors couldn’t huddle together!
Steve Philpot and Michele Stewart gently led us through the process of informing the family about the grave prognosis, brain death and then introducing organ donation. And it hit home — that this is a process, not a single event. We learnt how to pace conversations and stay attuned to the needs of families. Steve and Michele achieved this brilliantly through small group discussions, powerful role plays and reflection.
I am now clear about my role as an intensivist in the organ donation process. My job is to ensure that the family are given the opportunity to make the best choice for their loved one, based on their value system. I am also armed with valuable and powerful phrases that will help me with future interactions.
These workshops are a must for all in our field. I am definitely going back for a refresher workshop next year.
Find out more about the Family Donation Conversation Workshop here!