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.
Sally Fitzgerald – ACT Aboriginal Consultant
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
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.
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: http://www.pallcare.asn.au/
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: http://www.pallcare.asn.au/
Phone: 08 8271 1643
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
Prof. Patsy Yates - Project Director
Karen Innes-Walker - PEPA National Project Coordinator
Catherine Jacka – National Indigenous Coordinator
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.
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 http://www.lowitja.org.au/crcatsih-program-1-healthy-start-healthy-life. 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.
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.
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