MBBS (Sydney University), Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians, Australian Institute of Parapsychological Research Advanced Certificate in Parapsychology, Basic Clinical Pastoral Education Unit Royal North Shore Hospital.
Michael entered palliative care in 1989 following 17 years as a General Physician in rural NSW. He retired from clinical practice in 2014 and is now engaged in research into the experience of unconsciousness in dying patients. Michael has directed palliative care services in NSW and the ACT and has experience in the delivery of palliative care within hospitals, aged care facilities and the community. He worked for the Northern Territory Palliative Care Service between 2012 and 2014 and has done voluntary work for Maryknoll, a Cambodian NGO that serves the sick and dying. He has a long-standing interest in holistic care of the dying, death literacy and non-ordinary states of consciousness, including end-of-life dreams and visions. He is the author of 3 books, Caring for the Living and the Dying, Reflections of a Setting Sun and Midwifing Death. For the past five years he and his wife Ann have run a correspondence course for members of the community and healthcare workers on the art of midwifing death. Ann and Michael have four adult children and four grandchildren. His interest include living sustainably, walking, swimming, table tennis, mushroom forays, bonsais and growing vegetables.