Molly Carlile | Author, presenter and leader. Helping people navigate life, death & grief.

Molly Carlile

Author, presenter and leader. Helping people navigate life, death & grief.

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Molly Carlile

Molly is a published author and presenter and holds a number of senior leadership and management roles in the palliative care sector. Currently Consortium Manager of the North and West Metropolitan Region Palliative Care Consortium, Molly has post graduate qualifications and extensive clinical experience in advanced practice nursing, counselling, education and management. She has a passion for empowering health professionals to be insightful and compassionate leaders as well as competent clinicians and is committed to encouraging community engagement with issues of life, death and grief. Her roles have enabled Molly to establish a process of supervision, self care and staff support for staff members from a range of disciplines. Molly has a firm commitment to the philosophy of holistic care for clients and holistic self care for professionals.

Molly has worked in a range of environments from acute metropolitan health services to designated inpatient units and the community, both rural and regional. She has lectured widely in the University sector and was course co-ordinator for the Graduate Diploma in Grief and Loss at Victoria University.

Molly's private consultancy practice has seen her provide consultancy, education and project management for a wide range of clients including Victoria and Monash Universities, Victorian Department of Human Services, Palliative Care Victoria and numerous metropolitan and regional Palliative Care consortia.

Molly's true passion has evolved from years of caring for dying patients and their families. The consistent feelings of isolation expressed by them highlighted to Molly the importance of educating the general community in preparation for significant loss. Her frustration with the lack of community engagement in discussions about death and grief has driven Molly to explore alternate approaches to raising community awareness. To this end she has embraced a number of varied approaches to "get people talking".

Publications and Presentations

Molly is a published author in a variety of formats:

"Jelly Bean's Secret" was published in 2005 by Innovative Resources This children's novella tells the story of a family dealing with sudden illness and death and contains a Learning Guide to support parents, counselors and teachers in exploring the themes addressed in the book with children in a way that demystifies the concepts of death and grief. Molly is currently writing a book for adolescents on grief due for publication in mid 2010.
Nurse Managers: A Guide to Practice (2nd edn) editor Dr Andrew Crowther. Ausmed Publications. 2008. Molly wrote Chapter 1: The Nurse Manager which outlines the challenges faced by new managers and some strategies to develop effective management skills while being self aware and building personal resilience.
Palliative Care Nursing: A Guide to Practice. (3rd edn) Ausmed Publications. Under development a chapter on Grief and Bereavement for 2010 publication.
Multiple published articles have appeared in the following professional journals and community media:
oNursing Review
oNEXUX (Journal of the Royal College of Nursing Australia)
oPalliative Care Australia Journal (published by Palliative Care Australia)
oAuseinetter: The Journal of the National Mental Health Strategy. Publisher: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
oLeaders with a Life magazine
oThe Great Southern Star (Leader papers)
oThe Sentinel Times (Leader papers)
oThe Age (Fairfax papers)

Molly has been a frequent guest on radio and television speaking on the topics of death, children and death, grieving, spirituality and building community including:
o774 ABC, Melbourne "Drive" with Lindy Burns. Two 30 minute interviews.
oABC radio "Life Matters" with Julie McCrossin. Two 30 minute interviews.
oNetwork 10. Celebrate Easter Television Special,
oChristmas Night on 3AW Co-hosting a two hour Christmas special with Peter Thomas.
oWin News Victoria interview by Anita Sammitt.
oRadio National. 20 minute interview.
oPeter Thomas on 3AW. Hour interview.
oPeter Thomas on 3AW. Hour interview
oABC Gippsland. 30 minute interview

Molly produced and hosted a weekly one hour interview program on The Podcast Network (2004-2006) called "Dead Serious" which addressed issues of spirituality, life, death and how we make meaning.

Molly has recently collaborated with celebrated actor and playwright, Alan Hopgood in the production of "Four Funerals in One Day" a play that explores the role of storytelling in the lives of dying patients and their carers. Molly convenes an interactive audience forum at the completion of each performance that enables audiences to actively participate in conversations about the themes raised in the play.

Molly has developed and presented over 45 two day seminar programs nationally for Ausmed Inc. since 2005. Compassionate leadership, creative management and accountable governance in addition to life and death are the major themes Molly has focused on in the seminar program. Examples of seminar topics include:
oCounselling in terminal illness
oSymptom management in terminal illness
oEnd of life care
oSpirituality in Nursing
oLeading with Emotional Intelligence
oDealing with Disruptive Staff Behaviours
oConflict Management
oTeaching and Mentoring
oCompassionate Management
oCorporate and Clinical Governance
oPerformance Management

Molly is a regular keynote presenter at both national and international conferences. She has the capacity to speak on a wide variety of topics and is always keen to creatively engage with audiences.

Molly is the recipient of a 2008 Churchill Fellowship, which she received at Government House on July 18th 2008. Her Fellowship saw her travel to the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland in 2009 to explore health promotion strategies utilising the performance, creative and visual arts. Her project, "Using the arts to support community death discussions" is a further demonstration of her passion for encouraging communities to talk about death and grief. Her report has been circulated widely to local, state and national government representatives.

Molly was awarded an inaugural Arts and Health Australia Award for Health Promotion in 2009 in recognition of her work in utilising the arts as a vehicle for promoting health and wellness in the community, particularly regarding healthy attitudes to death and grief.

Molly's interest in 'new media' and its ability to engage young people in exploring issues of life and death has led her to establish an interactive Blog in addition to moderating personal pages on a number of social networking sites. She has recorded a number of filmed interviews for both her personal website and for Palliative Care Victoria, speaking about engaging with children when a family member is dying and effective communication with grieving families.

Molly is an articulate and entertaining author and speaker who challenges her audiences to explore their personal values, their views on life and death and their understanding of altruism and empathy. In this capacity, Molly promotes personal reflection, empowerment and compassion as essential tools to developing rewarding personal and professional relationships and ultimately to contributing positively to society.

2008 Churchill Fellow
Fellow Royal College of Nursing Australia
Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
Associate Fellow Australian College of Health Service Executives (ACHSE)
Accredited Grief and Loss Counsellor, Educator and Supervisor with the National Association for Loss and Grief (NALAG)
Accredited Reiki Master/Teacher (ARC Inc.)
Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors (AIPC)
Accredited Counsellor, Supervisor, Member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA)

Talking to kids about death

How do we have death discussions with children? What should we be telling children about death?
In western societies we are very reluctant to talk to children about death. Often this is because we don't know what to say, how much detail to give or what children need to know. We think that we are protecting them by not discussing death, greif and loss, however the more mystery we create around death, the more children's fears are reinforced.

Molly will talk about how to initiate death discussions with children, who should have these discussions and will give practical strategies for dealing with difficult questions.

"We need to protect our children by educating them and encouraging them to discuss their fears and concerns" Molly Carlile

Living with Loss

We all experience significant losses in our lifetimes. Loss of relationships, loss of a job, loss of a home, loss of health, loss of physical ability, ageing and loss of someone significant due to a death.

How we experience our loss is unique as is the grief that accompanies each and every loss.

This speech will explore the aspects of grief and loss that impact each person differently. How long should someone grieve? What influences how someone grieves? What can we do to support grieving people? How can we provide a "compassionate workplace" that acknowledges employee suffering and provides support structures to assist the person to continue functioning in the face of a significant loss?

Depression can be the end of a career................or the beginning

"Having worked for most of my career with terminally ill people and their families, I was impatient and dismissive of people who were "depressed". I figured my patients had every right to be depressed, but rarely were and I couldn't understand why people who weren't faced with the same stresses couldn't just "get on with it". I thought depression was "self indulgent"........until one happened to me"
Molly Carlile takes the audience on personal and intimate journey exploring her experience with debilitating depression. Molly tells of the accident that rendered her immobile for months and resulted in her experiencing reactionary depression that saw her curled up on the couch unable to move, agrophobic and prone to panic attacks. Molly talks about the realisation that changed her life and enabled her to eventually return to a career that seven years on sees her as a senior consultant, published author and sought after speaker. Molly shares her personal story and stories of the people she has supported in their last days and hours of life, to insipire us all to make the most of every day just in case it's the last.

When someone you love is dying

We all think we're immortal, but as we grow older people we love will die. How prepared are we for death? Have we discussed death in our family and work communities? When someone close to us has died were we supported? Chances are we would answer "no" to these questions.

This presentation explores death is a tabboo subject in western countries. It looks at how we can support people facing a significant death and why we need to embrace death in order to truely embrace life.

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