Home' Nova National : September 2011 Contents to upset them. But really it’s not about
the patient at all, it’s about you feeling
uncomfortable, about you not having
thought about your own death and the
implications of that, and so you use the
patient’s emotional wellbeing as a cop
Despite – or because of – her “full on”
approach, the feedback was extraordinary.
“People were coming from the oncology
and cardiology and respiratory units
asking me to come and talk to their
junior doctors.” It seems the message
has been received that “we don’t do this
well and we need to start having these
The medical profession is under
pressure from society itself to become
more open and willing to engage in this
previously closed off domain. Carlile
partly attributes the greater openness
to her message that she’s noticed in the
last year and a half to people’s increasing
sense of empowerment. While our
ageing population is sure to be a factor,
she believes people are now demanding
more information from the health system.
It’s an approach at the heart of holistic
medicine, where the individual achieves
empowerment over all aspects of their
health through greater awareness and a
willingness to take more responsibility – to
become masters of their own wellness.
The holistic awareness that nothing
exists in isolation, in fact that everything
is interconnected, is a key part of Carlile’s
message to senior consultants.
“I encourage them to see the whole
relationship between them as a person,
as a clinician, their profession, their
community and the wider society is
all interdependent. It’s not until one
component of that whole says, ‘Hey,
we’re not doing this well and we need
to change it’ that the others will start to
become important. That change has to
come from somewhere. They can’t wait
for society ’s attitudes to change, they have
to start with themselves and build it from
Just as challenging is her advice that
a notoriously cerebral profession “moves
from the head space into the heart
space”. “I say to doctors you’re in your
head space all the time. You have to
move from the head to the heart if
you’re going to have a relationship with
someone that’s meaningful.”
Our conversation over, it’s time for
this hyperenergetic communicator to pack
her bags for a holiday in Thailand. She
laughs off my comment that she’s prob-
ably earned the rest with, “I’m not going
to be lying on my deathbed saying I
didn’t make a difference.” Clearly, that’s
not going to be the case.
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Teachers, people who run community
groups and parents are well represented in
audiences for Four Funerals in One Day.
Parents, in particular, feel ill equipped to
have conversations about death with their
children because they don’t know how
they feel about their own death, says Carlile.
“So when their kids ask them
confronting questions, they change the
subject. Or if something happens in a
school community, rather than everyone
sitting down and talking about it, they
dive into the ritual and think that’s
dealing with it. It’s important but it’s just
As a nurse, energy worker and
administrator now turned writer, Molly
Carlile is delighted that the play has
created great interest all around the
“The fact that it stands alone as a
performance piece is really important.
Even though it has very clear messages
and raises a number of quite confronting
issues including euthanasia, that’s what
gets people thinking and what starts
the conversations happening. That’s the
whole point of it really.”
Her ability to tailor her message to
vastly differing audiences was borne out
the day before our interview when she
gave a presentation to the Grand Round,
a gathering of 250 people, all senior
consultants, at Austin Health, one of the
largest tertiary health services in Victoria.
Her subject was how they approach the
subject of death, particularly how their
own view of death colours their clinical
practice and their relationships with their
“I was very controversial,”
Carlile. “I told them you make excuses all
the time about not talking about death
with patients because you don’t want
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