Molly Carlile AM – Deathtalker® is currently involved in the following projects.

Dying to Know Day

Molly is National Ambassador for Dying to Know Day, a national day to raise awareness of all issues related to death and grief. The aim is to “get people talking” about death in order to improve community death literacy, enable people to become more informed, empowered and feel more confident to make decisions about what they want to happen when they are dying and after their death. Dying to Know Day encourages local communities to run events that provide a springboard for these conversations to occur.

Launched in 2013 Dying to Know Day occurs on August the 8th each year and as Ambassador I encourage everyone to think about an event they could plan in their community, even if it’s only a conversation over dinner with your family.

For further information visit The Groundswell Project.


The Australian Centre for Arts and Health

The Australian Centre for Arts and Health is a not for profit peak body that promotes health and wellbeing through the arts by providing guidance and support for artists and health care providers to embed arts based approaches to health and wellbeing in their environments, practice and in their work with people within healthcare environments. Molly is on the board.

Molly is a leading figure in palliative care in Australia and internationally. She is a strong advocate for the use of the arts in healthcare and health promotion.
Margret Meagher, Executive Director

Natural Death Advocacy Network

NDAN is an organisation committed to empowering the community to make informed choices about their death and after death care. We provide education, assist with Funeral Planning and conducting Family led funerals, link people to their local palliative care providers, provide information and support for people to die at home and link people to bereavement providers. We work and advocate for establishment of natural burial grounds so that people can have choice about where their remains are interred after their death. Molly is on the Management Committee.

Find out more over at the NDAN website.


2014-2015 “Your Home, Your Care, Your Way” The Island Care project.

A twelve month project undertaken for Island Care Tasmania and their three residential care facilities, Eliza Purton Home, Coroneagh Park and Tyler Village in North East Tasmania.

This project involved identifying staff concerns and addressing them, improving staff skills and developing a supportive framework to improve the organisational culture for both staff and residents.  “Your Home, Your Care, Your Way” emphasises and invests in the ongoing development of staff, both personally and professionally in order to provide exemplary care as a cohesive team for residents living in the three facilities.

Changing the Face of Aged Care

Molly believes in the person-centred, partnership model of aged care and to this end is working on a number of projects that are helping Aged Care facilities to embrace diversity, celebrate the creativity and life experiences of their residents and connect with their local communities. If you feel that your Aged Care Facility is ready to be an innovator and leader in the field, Molly can tailor a program to meet your needs.

Molly Carlile is a leader in a field that is fraught with complexity, ethical challenges and intense emotions – she navigates this terrain with sophistication, warmth and a wisdom borne of lived experience. When I first began to think about mortality and the potential place of the arts in conversations around how we die, Molly was my first point of call. Of course I’d experienced the visceral grief of loss in my personal life, but the challenge of having conversations about such an emotive subject in a wider public sphere is beset with challenges. From the presentations I have made, to the book chapters on mortality and human imagination I have written – even an exhibition of contemporary art that explores this territory that I had the pleasure to co-curate, Molly Carlile has been a beacon to me: the calming eye at the heart of an inevitable storm. Honest, compassionate and when appropriate, blisteringly funny – it’s always my pleasure to hear Molly share her experiences around the most important of human conversations – of how we live life to the full – and die with dignity.
Clive Parkinson , Director, Arts for Health Manchester Metropolitan University, U. K