The Death Literacy Index and How to Use It

Posted 14 Dec 2021.

Event Date: Thursday 12 May, 2022
Time:2.00pm - 3.00pm
Target Audience:Doctors, Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Facility Managers, Pastoral Care Workers, Aboriginal Health Workers
Registration information:Registration is essential as places are limited. Register online at
Contact Details:Phone Palliative and Supportive Care Education (PaSCE) on 9382 9300 or email


Providing care at end of life is so much easier when patients, carers, family, friends and their health workers all appreciate the importance of this final stage of life and the what makes a good death possible. That’s been the focus of our research for 15 years. Death literate communities and professionals make it so much easier to work together to support the patient’s needs and wishes. But how death literate is your community? How death literate are your fellow health professionals? We developed the Death Literacy Index to find out

Learning areas

  • Why develop a Death literacy Index? 
  • What it looks like 
  • How might you use it? 
  • Reassurances that it works – other studies that have used the DLI (also reliability and validity) 

1. Leonard, R., Noonan, K., Horsfall, D., Psychogios, H., Kelly, M., Rosenberg, J., Rumbold, B., Grindrod, A., Read, N., and Rahn, A. (2020). Death Literacy Index: A Report on its Development and Implementation. Sydney: Western Sydney University.

Presented by

Professor Rosemary Leonard, Chair in Social Capital and Sustainability, School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University 

Information and Online Registraton: For more information and to register please see the The Death Literacy Index and How to Use It (102kb). Complete registration online at

Enquiries: please email or phone 9382 9300.

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