Palliative Care and Care for the Elderly are developing within the distinctive structures of South Indian society and family life. This tour takes you to two very different states to give you a top to bottom view of palliative care and care of the elderly, with some fascinating professional visits ranging from prestigious large hospitals, to Ayurvedic hospitals and pharmacies, to hospices and village community projects in rural India.
From the Chinese fishing nets in Cochin to the shore temples of Mahabalipuram, travel through the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Experience ancient Tamil history, the beautiful Coromandel coast and gentle, eclectic Kerala. Between the wide ranging professional visits there is ample time to enjoy the cultural treasures and stunning natural beauty of South India.
‘This trip has been wonderful. Incredibly well organised. A great balance of highly educational clinical visits and sightseeing to really explore the Indian culture. David Oliviere as tour leader was fantastic. A kind, wise, highly regarded professional. A joy to have been on this tour.’ Jenny Wright, Palliative Care in Northern India, February 2023
3 nights Cochin – 1 night Alleppey – 3 nights Trivandrum – 2 nights Madurai – 2 nights Pondicherry - 2 nights Mahabalipuram
David Oliviere is a consultant in psychosocial palliative care, a social worker, an educationalist and a clinical supervisor. He is former director of Education and Training at St Christopher’s Hospice in London and visiting professor at the School of Education and Health Sciences at Middlesex University.
David trained at Nottingham University in social administration and social work. With a background in psychiatric social work and management in the personal social services, David was involved in founding Pilgrim’s Hospice, Canterbury, before joining the North London Hospice as Director of Social Work. Subsequently, David worked as Community Care Advisor for ethnic minorities and refugees, London Borough of Enfield, and as Macmillan Principal Lecturer in Palliative Care at Middlesex University, whilst practising at the Macmillan Support Team in Barnet Hospital.
David has contributed to several publications, spoken internationally and has jointly edited a number of books including, “Good Practices in Psychosocial Care”, “Loss, grief and bereavement”, “Patient Participant in Palliative Care”, “Resilience in Palliative Care”, “Death, Dying and Social Differences” and “Narratives and Stories in Palliative Care”.
He currently practises as a couple and bereavement counsellor and professional interests include work with families in palliative care; culture and ethnicity; staff support; bereavement; and strength-based approaches. He is joint lead for a new theatre project in palliative care education, “Stories That Speak”.
The ground only cost of the tour per person sharing a room is USD $3,774. The cost per person with a room to yourself is USD $4,456