Why PTW?

Why train with Preparing the Way?

Preparing the Way is one of the very few, dedicated to only end of life, training organisations in Australasia. It was established in 2015 by Helen Callanan, in response to growing requests for education in end of life doula care and services.

Since then Preparing the Way has quickly grown to become the leading provider of end of life doula training in Australia and New Zealand, having trained over 500 EOL doulas in the Intensive course to provide end of life care that is transforming the way people support those they care about, their clients and those aging or living with an illness and approaching end of life.

With a deep understanding of the invaluable service doulas provide for people nearing their end of life and their families, Preparing the Way has recently developed and launched the world’s first and only nationally accredited 10966NAT Certificate IV in End of Life Services.

Not only does this professional course establish an industry benchmark for quality of service, it also legitimises the crucial role doulas play for those experiencing end of life.

Preparing the Way provides a range of short courses for those wanting to deepen their understanding of death and dying, or to provide comfort and support for friends or family who may be experiencing a life-limiting illness; and is developing more courses due for release in the coming months.

Our team values

Aboriginal Flag


Aboriginal Flag

First Nations

Preparing the Way acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities as the traditional custodians of the land we work on, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. As an inclusive organisation we also celebrate people of all backgrounds, genders, sexualities, cultures, bodies and abilities.

Aboriginal Flag

LGBTIQ+ Inclusive

We acknowledge the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer communities. Recognising the limitations of the ‘LGBTIQ+’ acronym, we extend this acknowledgement to include anyone who may be part of the wider diversity of bodies, genders, sexualities, relationships, and identities, and pay our respects to their Elders and allies, past and present.