Ros Kirk – ACT Manager

Ros is an RN who has worked at ACT Specialist Palliative Care Services for over 10 years. During this time she worked in the inpatient unit and more recently Home Based Palliative Care.  Prior to moving to Canberra Ros worked at Caritas Christi Hospice in Kew, Melbourne.  Ros has a Bachelor of Nursing, Certificate in Palliative Care Nursing and management experience and a Cert IV in Training and Assessment. Ros particularly loves supporting carers and healthcare workers and giving them the skills, knowledge and confidence that they need to care for palliative approach patients.

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Sally Fitzgerald – ACT Aboriginal Consultant

Sally is a Muruwari Woman.  Most of her people live in Brewarrina. Sally was born and raised in Murrumburrah but her Aboriginal heritage was not disclosed to her. Its been about 30 years since I found out I belong to one of the biggest Aboriginal families ever and I love it. I have embraced my Aboriginality and am sorry that I have missed out on so much of my culture…but I am working on it!

I have been working for Calvary Health Care ACT for 2 years as their Aboriginal Liaison Officer (ALO). The service has grown 100% and now we have many Indigenous people using our facility, so many we now employ a second ALO!
We here at Calvary are developing our RAP and it will be launched end September!  I am the Chairperson for the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry for the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese and am the ACT rep for NATSICC.

Phone: 02 6264 7097

Janeen Foffani – NSW Manager

Janeen comes from an administrative background and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Service Management.   Janeen has worked in the health sector since 1990, initially with Medical Oncology and then moving into the Palliative Care sector.   Janeen has been involved both formally and informally in a diverse range of projects and events throughout her working life.  She joined PEPA NSW in December 2005.
Janeen is a member of the Palliative Care Association, NSW.  She is also an Executive Committee member of the Sydney Institute of Palliative Medicine (SIPM) with a particular interest in the Registrar Recruitment/training and the annual Symposium arms.







Valli Camara – NT Manager

Válli Camara commenced the roles as PEPA Manager for the Northern Territory in October 2015.  Válli has over 15 years of experience in varying roles working in the Northern Territory and Timor-Leste across the mental health, aged care and disability sectors.  Válli is based in Darwin with the Territory Palliative Care.


Jonathan Jauncey – Senior Aboriginal Health Education Officer

Jonathan has previously worked in health promotion, preventable chronic disease and Indigenous employment and brings a wealth of knowledge about traditional law to his role.

Aurora Hodges – QLD Manager

Aurora has been Queensland PEPA Manager since 2012.
She came to the role from the Queensland Health End-of-Life Care Project where she was involved in the roll out for the 2011 Acute Resuscitation Plan (ARP). This involved facilitating Advance Care Planning refresher training to over 1200 clinicians across Queensland.
Since 2012, Aurora has consistently met or exceeded contract targets and has increased the reach of PEPA into non-health sectors including disability services.
Aurora’s passion for education and the right for all people to have access to quality end of life care has been a driver for PEPA Queensland’s increased connections with CALD groups and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and communities.

Jane Pooley – Indigenous Projct Officer

My name is Jane Pooley and I am an Indigenous Registered Nurse, Mother and wife. I have cultural and family ties to Tasmania and Victoria. I completed my Bachelor of Nursing in 2006 and have predominantly worked in Paediatrics throughout my career. I moved to Brisbane in 2013 with my Husband and young daughter. I have always had a keen interest in improving the Quality of Life and health for our Mob. I have a passion for delivering education to best improve and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to give health workers the best tools in order to carry this out. I strongly believe in and am passionate about what I am doing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Queensland.

Phone: 07 3646 5251

QLD PEPA Website:
Phone: 07 3646 6216

Tracey Watters – SA Manager

In South Australia, PEPA is managed by the Palliative Care Council South Australia (PCCSA).  Executive Officer Tracey Watters provides strategic direction and management of PEPA at the state level. Tracey came to PCCSA after working as the CEO of Rotorua Community Hospice in New Zealand, a position she held for 13 years.

SA PEPA Website:
Phone: 08 8271 1643

John McMahon – SA PEPA Education and Policy Development Officer

John is a nurse with tertiary qualifications in Public Policy.  He brings to his role a wealth of experience and knowledge in palliative and aged care.  His past experience includes being CNC at Territory Palliative Care, during which time he was a PEPA mentor and facilitated PEPA education in Darwin and remote NT!

SA PEPA Website:
Phone: 08 8271 1643


 Tas Manager

 This position is currently vacant


Phone: 03 61662820





 VIC Manager

This position is currently vacant

VIC PEPA Website:
Phone: 03 92315657

Brooke Wilkinson – WA Manager

Brooke commenced in the role of WA PEPA Manager at the beginning of the PEPA 2011-2014 phase.  Prior to this appointment Brooke had been working for the Cancer Council WA with the Palliative and Supportive Care Education team coordinating their workshops for the past three years.


 WA Aboriginal Consultant

This position is currently vacant

Prof. Patsy Yates - Project Director

Patsy is jointly appointed as Professor of Nursing with the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at Queensland University of Technology, and Director for Queensland Health’s Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education, a statewide service that was established to enhance palliative care services in Queensland through education and research. As Director for the Centre, Patsy leads a range of programs focused on developing workforce capacity in palliative care, researching priority issues in palliative care, and strengthening the nexus between research, policy and practice.

Karen Innes-Walker - PEPA National Project Coordinator

As PEPA National Project Coordinator, Karen's role entails managing PEPA at the national level.  Karen is responsible for developing and maintaining supporting policy, guidelines and management processes to ensure best practice for the implementation of PEPA in all jurisdictions. She is also responsible for national promotions and communication.
Karen worked for many years in clinical dietitian/nutritionist roles, including six years as Director of Nutrition and Dietetics at the Mater Hospitals in Brisbane. A career change in 2002 saw Karen move into learning and development management roles before transitioning into clinical education and then into project management roles at QUT. Karen recently completed a maternity leave replacement role with the PEACH (Parenting, Eating and Activity for Child Health) team as Project Manager.

Catherine Jacka – National Indigenous Coordinator

Catherine Jacka joined the PEPA national team in July 2013 as the National Indigenous Coordinator. Catherine has been a member of our PEPA Indigneous Reference Group since 2008 and brings to this position experience in Aboriginal health, cancer care, community and health professional education, research and capacity building. 

Christine Howard - Clinical Educator

For over 15 years Christine Howard has been working with undergraduate nursing students in both theory and clinical in a variety of roles including Unit Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor and Clinical Facilitator. Christine is passionate about student engagement and was awarded  a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in 2010 for her ongoing role in teaching and learning.  Christine has a Bachelor of Nursing and a Graduate Certificate in Health Science.  Christine's clinical background includes Paediatrics, Burns, Surgical, Midwifery, Operating Theatres and care of women and their families during and after miscarriage. 

Work phone: 07 3138 0450


Dr Liz Izquierdo  -  Research Program Manager

Liz has recently joined the National PEPA team at QUT. Her background and extensive qualifications are in Science and Research Management. For the last 3.5 years Liz managed the Healthy Start Healthy Life program of research at The Lowitja Institute, National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research She is experienced in health research management and support and has worked closely with a range of government and non-government organisations to assist in delivering a better health for Indigenous people in Australia. She is also passionate about improving health at community level.

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Work phone: 07 3138 6129


Dr Wei (Steven) He -  Senior Research Assistant

Steven has been working in health-related research areas for over 15 years. He has a Bachelor of Medicine, a Master of Medicine, and a PhD in Nursing. Steven's clinical background includes oncology, emergency, medical department, and surgical department. His research interests include palliative care, chronic illness, and health professional education. He has extensive experience in statistics and using statistical software packages. As PEPA Senior Research Assistant Steven is responsible for developing data analysis guidelines, data collection, data analysis and organising evaluation results for PEPA presentations, newsletters and reports.

Work phone: 07 3138 6434

David Klug - Senior Research Assistant

David completed a Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology at QUT. His work experience includes evaluations/research officer at UQ’s Teaching and Education Development Institute (TEDI) where he developed strong data skills, especially in Excel and SPSS. Whilst at TEDI, he worked on various research projects for the university executive conducting institutional research and was relied on for his statistical expertise. More recently, he was a consultant for Autism Queensland conducting in house research on the influence of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). 


Work phone: 07 31380752