Bernie Dwyer is the National Training Coordinator for the Organ and Tissue Authority. Previously Bernie was an Intensive Care Nurse and has been a major contributor to organ donation in Victoria, holding the roles of Organ Donor Coordinator and Clinical Manager.
Bernie has been extensively involved in education in this sector, and has a particular interest in examining and improving communication with families in acute grief.
Her current role focusses on the Organ & Tissue Authority’s Professional Education Program and the successful implementation of the Family Donation Conversation Workshops. She works closely with other facilitators across the country to deliver these workshops.
The workshops aim to improve end of life conversations and to ensure that donation conversations are conducted in a sensitive, compassionate way that offers families the opportunity to make an informed decision about donation.