Membership application form

Oral History Association SA workshop




Time: 2pm – 5pm

Venue: Anne and Basil Hetzel Lecture theatre State Library of SA, North Tce., Adelaide.
Cost: $50 per person or $30 for concession/pension/student/OH member

Afternoon tea will be provided

Bookings essential contact:

June Edwards OHAA (SA Branch):

Phone 8293 1314

2pm – 2.45pm Louise Finnane and Anthea Heal

Louise and Anthea began the Biography Service at Calvary North Adelaide Hospital. It is a volunteer service where participants record the client’s narrative during hour long home visits. One of the main aims of the biography service is to engender in patients a positive affirmation of a life lived, a sense of who they are and to achieve a healing peaceful state of being.

Our team will come to share our experience of the The Biography Service. Telling Their Life Story –Empowering patients through narrative therapy. A unique biography service, the first of its kind in South Australia, aims to empower terminally ill patients by giving them the opportunity to record their life stories for themselves and their families. The life story can be whatever the patient wants it to be – reflections, specific events, tributes – and a pleasurable and productive activity.

This program originated in New Zealand and is based at Calvary North Adelaide. The Biography Service is offered to patients through Central Adelaide Palliative Services, Mary Potter Hospice, Calvary Oncology Centre and R.D.N.S. Trained Biography Volunteers digitally record patients’ stories, either in the patient’s own home, hospital or Hospice. Once the narrative has been typed and formatted, two bound copies of the finished biography are presented to the patient along with CD copy to enable further copies to be made. Total confidentiality is always observed between biographer and patient.

Anthea Heal and I will begin with a short description of the service. George and Chris will join us to share our experiences with several biographies and bring the biographies with us. It is this latter part which is most important and interesting.

2.45-3.15 Afternoon tea

3.15-4.00 Lenore de la Perrelle

Lenore is a passionate advocate of inclusive services for older people and people living with dementia. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a Masters Degree in Policy and Administration and has worked in clinical, policy and management positions in Government, Private Not for profit and Community Services for over 30 years. Her focus has always been on opportunities for community and service development. Lenore is currently the Manager of the Dementia Learning and Development Unit in ACH Group.

Creating a personal life history can assist families, care staff and the person with dementia to recall important parts of their life, to identify important events, preferences and values and to create care that respects those parts of the person’s history.

This session will outline adaptations and communication strategies that are needed to support a person with dementia to participate in creating a personal life history.
4pm -4.45pm Pauline Cockrill and Allison Russell

Pauline Cockrill is History SA’s Community History Officer. She has also worked at the National Museum of Childhood (a branch of the Victoria & Albert Museum) in London, UK publishers Dorling Kindersley and various museums/collections in Alice Springs, including the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame, before moving to Adelaide in 2004. She is currently studying for a Masters degree in Digital Heritage by distance learning at the University of Leicester.

Allison Russell is the Senior Online Content Officer at History SA, and has previously worked at the National Motor Museum, Flinders University Art Museum and Flinders Medical Centre, where she worked as Arts Coordinator. She completed a Churchill Fellowship in 2010 researching the ways in which museums make links with their communities.

Allison and Pauline will discuss reminiscence projects and memory, including a project they undertook at the National Motor Museum with the Morris Register of South Australia and Resthaven, and a research collaboration with Flinders Medical Centre. They will also provide an overview of some recent research undertaken by University College London about the importance of touch in memory recall.


  • Caring for collections and How to Fund It

    Two workshop dates available in September and October 2018

    Read more>>