Thanatology Master Students from Waseda University were welcome by Monash University as part of the Japanese Program. Students were studying and researching thanatology, the study of death and life, from a variety of perspectives. The purpose of the visit was to extend their views of life and death in relation to ‘palliative care’ and ‘culture’.
All students had different professional backgrounds such as a physiotherapist, bio-technology researcher, clinical psychologist and sociologist.
Lectures were held on Australian health care, palliative care, loss and grief and Indigenous health. Students also had the opportunity to visit a palliative care unit at Peninsula Health and Baxter Village.
A research presentation day gave these participants the opportunity to present their research areas. PhD, Master students and academics in the School of Nursing and Midwifery were invited to attend the presentation.
Presentation topics covered were death education among University students, possibilities to use stem cell to improve quality of life in palliative care, staff members’ perspectives to look after patients with self-harm in a psychiatric ward, and a paediatricians’ experience of loss and grief after patients’ death. Active discussion was conducted where the participants exchanged their contact information, each other’s publication papers and talked about possible future collaboration.