Serious Illness Conversation Guide Training

  • When you have difficult conversations with patients, do you sometimes wonder how to start?
  • Are you confident you are discussing patients’ prognosis in a way that allows them to really understand what you are telling them?
  • Do you understand their fears and worries, and what is important to them?

In association with the Choosing Wisely Forum, the Health Quality & Safety Commission is offering a three-hour Serious Illness Conversation Guide training on Thursday 9 May (the afternoon before the forum). The training helps clinicians feel more confident to have quality conversations with seriously ill people.

Health Quality & Safety Commission
Level 9, 17-23 Whitmore St
Thursday 9th May, 2.30pm to 5.30pm
Cost: $215

For more information, please visit Commission’s website
To register please email

About the Serious Illness Conversation Guide

The Serious Illness Conversation Guide was developed by American non-profit organisation Ariadne Labs with Atul Gawande, following the publication of his book Being Mortal.

The guide is a set of structured questions drawn from best practices in basic palliative care which serves as a framework for clinicians to explore topics that are crucial to gaining a full understanding about what is most important to patients.

It covers:

  • patient’s understanding of their illness
  • their preferences for information
  • sharing a prognosis
  • in light of the prognosis, exploring their personal goals, their fears and worries, the abilities they find most important to their daily life and trade-offs they are willing to make for the possibility of more time
  • discussing a plan and agreeing a way forward.

The three-hour SICG training workshop will:

  • describe the evidence-based benefits of serious illness conversations for patients and families
  • describe the clinician’s role in improving serious illness conversations
  • list the components of the Serious Illness Conversation Guide
  • allow you to practice using the Serious Illness Conversation Guide.