Thursday, 08 Jun 17:30


Multifunction Room
1888 Building (Graduate Student Association), University of Melbourne, Parkville, 3010, Victoria



After a wildly successful Storytelling Night in April, we're returning to the metaphorical campfire. Can you recount your sweetest patient encounter?  Your saddest?  Your yuckiest? Your funniest?

Storytelling night is a great way of broadening your perspective on patient care, a great opportunity to share war stories and be heard, and an awesome opportunity to connect with new and different people, hear and lean in a really supportive environment.

All are welcome to this Storytelling Night across the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences and Veterinary Science, from students who have begun or finished their first placement to professors with years of experience behind them. 

Come tell us a story about patient care in the Multifunction Room in the GSA Building (or just come listen!). Tell us about your most fulfilling patient experience, or your most frustrating… or the one that made you lose sleep…or the one that made you feel like you were doing the right thing.

Storytelling Night is completely free, casual, warm and welcoming. But you'll need to register to help us get the free pizza! 

And because this will be a workshop format, with everyone getting a chance to participate if they want, space will be limited, so register your place fast.

Come tell your stories!  Enjoy a break from the stress! Come hear your fellow students and staff!  Come eat some pizza!

Venue: Multifunction Room, 1888 Building (this room is above Lot#6, the cafe in the building. Access is via the lift in the building, which is also accessible on the ramp at the back of the building near Tsubu/Lot#6)

Your facilitator and host
Ellis Avery is a University of Melbourne Master of Nursing Science student and a novelist with thirteen years of experience teaching fiction writing at Columbia University in New York. As part of her transition to nursing, Avery worked as a phlebotomist at One Medical Group in New York City, where she founded a narrative medicine series.  At the first event, members of the entire patient-facing team, from MDs to clerical staff, gathered and narrated highlights of the patient care experience, some telling stories they’d polished over many telings, some telling— and thereby understanding— stories about the patient-provider encouter for the very first time.  The event was a rousing success, and even inspired a career change for one of its participants.

About Narrative Medicine

Narrative medicine, an approach pioneered by Columbia University professor Rita Charon, an MD with a PhD in English, is "medicine practiced with the competence to recognize, absorb, interpret, and be moved by the stories of illness.  By telling and listening to stories, narrative medicine helps healthcare providers recognize patients and diseases, convey knowledge, and accompany patients through the ordeals of illness." Charon argues that practicing narrative medicine can ultimately lead to more humane, ethical, and effective health care.

Who should attend

Those of you with clinical or patient experience are eagerly encouraged to attend. But even if you haven't been out on placement yet, you may have worked or volunteered in a healthcare setting, interviewed patients, dissected cadavers, cared for an elderly relative or your own child, babysat or looked after animals. If you think you may have a story to tell about health care, you probably do!

GSA Programs Agreement 

Before registering for your ticket, please read the program Terms and Conditions, which includes our usual Pricing Information and a Refund and Close Door Policyhttps://form.jotform.co/70178692664871