Bruce Rumbold is Director of the Palliative Care Unit at La Trobe University, Melbourne. The Unit works collaboratively with health services, community groups and other academic programs in a number of community capacity building projects on end of life care. His other responsibilities at the university include postgraduate supervision and coordinating health promoting palliative care and spiritual care academic programs. Bruce’s multidisciplinary interests are supported by postgraduate qualifications in physics, practical theology and health social science.
Prior to joining La Trobe University, he was from 1986-2002 foundation professor of pastoral studies at Whitley College, an affiliated teaching institution of the Melbourne College of Divinity. In 2005, he was awarded an OAM for services to palliative care and pastoral care, particularly as an educator. Social determinants of end of life experience, forming and sustaining compassionate communities, and spiritual care, are the particular foci of his current work.