Bruce Rumbold is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health and Director of the Public Health 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. 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 what is now the University of Divinity, Melbourne. Social determinants of end of life experience, forming and sustaining compassionate communities, and spiritual care, are the particular foci of his current work.