Living through Impermanence:
Ageing, Illness, Dying and Death


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Keynote Speaker

Professor Stephen Hill AM

Stephen Hill is Emeritus Professor of the University of Wollongong, Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts. Though graduating initially as a research chemist, he also was awarded Australia’s first PhD in Business Administration (University of Melbourne) and was appointed as Foundation Professor of Sociology at the University of Wollongong at age 30.

He has authored or coauthored 22 books and over 350 publications or major international speeches across eleven disciplines. From 1995 to 2006 he served as the United Nations’ Regional Director for Science for Asia and the Pacific and Ambassador of the UN Agency, UNESCO – based in Indonesia and Paris.

Stephen is a key advisor to the Communities of Practice series.


Dr Jonathan Page

Medical Oncologist

Dr Jonathan Page has been a Medical Oncologist for 36 years with a long-term interest in Palliative Care.


Although he prescribes chemotherapy (and other drugs) and refers patients for radiotherapy and surgery if necessary, he also incorporates an inquiry into the psychospiritual domain to address matters of fear, regret, guilt, meaning, purpose, love and legacy (as they arise).

The psychospiritual domain can be accessed through meditation, presence and deep listening with an open heart-mind.


Bom Hyon Sunim

Chair of the Australian Sangha Association

Bom Hyon Sunim is the current chair of the Australian Sangha Association -the peak representative body for monks and nuns living in Australia. She also serves as a member of the Religious Advisory Committee to the Australian Defence Forces and has recently commenced doctoral research at Western Sydney University where she also volunteers as a Chaplain.


Sunim’s earlier professional background is in education and social work with post graduate training in counselling, psychotherapy and group work. 


Sunim first ordained in the Thai Forest tradition in 1995, practicing in the Korean Zen tradition.  From 2010, Sunim worked in palliative care, in both hospital and community-based services. She also coordinated the Buddhist Council prison chaplaincy program, and later established the Buddhist Spiritual HealthCare project.  In 3 years, more than 100 Buddhists from various traditions and cultural backgrounds, received training in Spiritual Care practice. Sunim teaches at various Buddhist Centres in Sydney and Melbourne and continues to offer education in Compassionate Communication and Spiritual Care, including Death & Dying and Grief and Loss. She is deeply engaged in interfaith dialogue with others who are spiritually and ecologically motivated to live in right relationship to the planet and all beings.



Cecilia Mitra

Cecilia was born in Singapore and migrated to Perth in 1996 with her husband and three children. There, she obtained a Master of Law degree from the University of Western Australia while also lecturing business law at Curtin University. 


She was the President of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia from 2013 to 2015 and from 2015 to 2019 Cecilia held the position of president of the Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils of Australia. In this role she represented the Buddhist community of Australia nationally including representations in Federal Parliament in Canberra and at the Prime Minister’s Office.

Cecilia teaches meditation to beginners and has recently authored a book – Opens Like a Flower Cut it with a Knife – A Buddhist Mother’s Journey through Grief.



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