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The Empathy Initiative

UTS Empathy Symposium & Workshops

Thu 5th Dec, 10:00 am - Fri 6th Dec 2019, 4:30 pm


$55 - $220 AUD + BF

$55 - $220 AUD + BF

The Empathy Initiative

UTS Empathy Symposium & Workshops

Date and Time

Thu 5th Dec, 10:00 am - Fri 6th Dec 2019, 4:30 pm


Thursday - University of Technology Sydney 235 Jones St, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia
Friday - Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, 88 Broadway Hotel Entrance Via, 4 Central Park Ave, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia

Event description

The UTS Empathy Symposium 2019 will be an exciting event bringing together healthcare educators, clinicians and researchers who are committed to better understanding the power of empathy to transform education and improve patient care.

The symposium will be held on December 6 and include plenary speakers, oral and poster presentations exploring the relationship between empathy and patient care, and promoting practical strategies for enhancing and evaluating empathy in clinical and educational settings. A diverse range of empathy workshops are also scheduled for December 5.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS (December 6, 2019)

What I've learnt about empathic leadership during my career
Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward

How the 'Refugee camp in your neighbourhood' supports a more empathic response to refugees seeking healthcare.
Bronwen Blake

'Beautiful people do not just happen' (Elisabeth Küber Ross) - the role of empathy and courage in the healthcare journey
Dr Briony Scott

Click here for the full details of each keynote speaker

WORKSHOPS (December 5, 2019)

Strengthening consumer voice: Using art and stories to shift mental health stigma and promote empathy.
Dr Gabrielle Brand and Carli Sheers

Exploring Schwartz Rounds: Empathy for healthcare staff wellbeing 
Assoc Prof Chris Milross and Dr Samantha Jakimowicz

Hearing distressing voices simulation workshop
Dr Fiona Orr

Using the arts as a meaningful way to explore empathy
Dr Kirsten Jack

Empathic care of staff and students after critical incidents
Rev. Paul McFarlane and Katie Tunks Leach

Mindfulness and meditation: Strategies to enhance empathy
Sue Dean

Click here for the full details of each workshop


Abstracts are invited for oral presentations and posters that address one of the following themes:

  • Teaching and evaluating empathy
  • The impact of empathy on patient care
  • New technologies for enhancing empathy
  • Research and scholarship related to empathy
  • Leadership initiatives related to empathy

If required, please find accommodation information at the following link: 

Accommodation at Four Points by Sheraton, Sydney



The Empathy Initiative