SEMINAR: Life Before Death - How we live at the end of our lives

Professor Shitij Kapur, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Health) at the University of Melbourne invites you to explore the possibilities of not if, or when, but how we die, at this special Dean’s lecture series seminar, held in collaboration with the Peter Mac and the VCCC.

Special Guest Speaker BJ Miller
BJ Miller is a Palliative Care Physician at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Informed by his own experiences as a patient after a life changing event, BJ powerfully advocates the roles of our senses, community and presence in designing a better ending. BJ connects art, spirituality and medicine with a goal to make empathy driven end-of-life care available to all, and is actively engaged in cultivating a larger dialogue about this universal experience.


  • Professor Jenny Philip (MC) Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Chair of Palliative Medicine at the University of Melbourne.
  • Professor Steve Ellen (discussion facilitator) Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne, Director of the Psychosocial Oncology program and Cancer Experiences Research at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Panel Speakers

  • Mr Julian Gardner – Chair, Voluntary Assisted Dying Implementation Taskforce
  • Professor Kelsey Hegarty – General Practitioner and Royal Women's Hospital and Chair in Family Violence Prevention
  • Associate Professor Brian Le – Director of Palliative Care, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Professor Maxine Morand – Chair of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Board of Directors, Professorial Fellow in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University