Advances in Health Sciences Education

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 195–201 | Cite as

Getting the message across: does the use of drama aid education in palliative care?

  • Margaret O’Connor
  • Jo-Anne Abbott
  • Katrina Recoche


Drama is a promising means of delivering educational messages in palliative care. Research studies have found drama to be an effective means of delivering educational messages in other domains of learning, such as teaching health education to children and adults and engaging the general public in health policy development. This paper discusses the potential of drama for palliative care education and provides an example of the use of a drama to deliver messages about death and dying at a conference on palliative care. The paper suggests a theoretical framework for how future drama productions could be developed to educate the community, health professionals and students about palliative care.


Community Drama Education Health professionals Palliative care 



The authors are grateful to playwrights Alan Hopgood and Molly Carlile, for permission to publish information about their play and for their feedback on the paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret O’Connor
    • 1
  • Jo-Anne Abbott
    • 2
  • Katrina Recoche
    • 3
  1. 1.Vivian Bullwinkel Chair in Palliative Care Nursing, Palliative Care Research Team, School of Nursing and MidwiferyMonash UniversityFrankstonAustralia
  2. 2.National eTherapy Centre, Faculty of Life and Social SciencesSwinburne University of TechnologyMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.Palliative Care Research Team, School of Nursing and MidwiferyMonash UniversityFrankstonAustralia

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