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.
ACT PEPA Website: http://www.clarehollandhouse.com.au/program-of-experience-in-a-palliative-approach.html/div>
Janeen Foffani – NSW Manager
NT Manager and Aboriginal Health Education Officer
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.
QLD PEPA Website: http://www.health.qld.gov.au/cpcre/pepa.asp
Eliza Munro – Indigenous Project Officer
Eliza is a proud Mother of four and Spiritual Women from the Gamilaroi Nation.
Eliza possesses a long association to the improvement of health and welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and children, with employment experience in both government and community controlled services.
Eliza believes that more education and yarning regarding Palliative care, end of life, advanced care planning & directives needs to occur. This contributes to loved ones who are embarking on their end of life journey to Dreaming, is one of comfort, dignity, cultural respect, love and fulfilled wishes.
Eliza is passionate and committed to the continued advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and is gratefully looking forward to learning from, and working with Mob 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
Helen Woodbridge - Tas Clinical Nurse Educator
Helen is a Registered Nurse and has been working with the Tasmanian PEPA office since August 2016. Originally employed as the Aboriginal Health Project Officer, Helen has now gone on to become the Clinical Nurse Educator for PEPA in Tasmania. Helen has a Bachelor of Nursing, is an Authorised Nurse Immuniser, and has a Diploma of Vocational Education and Training. Her passion for seeing people reach their full potential has been evidenced through her involvement with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation’s Aboriginal Health Worker education and training program, and Lifeline Tasmania’s DV-Alert education program. Whilst her nursing career has been quite diverse she hopes to strengthen the community’s knowledge about palliative care through education and the importance of maintaining a loved one’s quality of life in the journey towards end-of-life.
Tracey Mander - VIC Manager
Tracey Mander has joined the team at the Centre for Palliative Care to run the Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach, or PEPA.
Tracey brings over 20 years’ experience from haematology, oncology and palliative care. Over her career Tracey has held clinical, management, government, policy and project roles in acute and community health in Victoria and South Australia.
To contact Tracey email email@example.com or call 03 9231 5657.
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.
Deanne Lewis - WA Aboriginal Project Officer
Deanne is a Yamatji/ Nyoongar woman, born and raised in Perth.
Deanne was originally a Aboriginal Health Worker who continues to achieve further knowledge through completing many qualifications in the Aboriginal Health field such as Advanced Diploma’s and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Indigenous Community Health at Curtin University.
Deanne is a highly accomplished has a wealth of experience from working with numerous Aboriginal Social Service and Health organisations over many years. These include; Royal Perth Hospital, Centrecare, North Metro Health (PHAC), Fiona Stanley Hospital, Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Services, YMAC Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation, Bega Garnbirringu Health Service, Marr Mooditj Foundation and also a manager of Newman Women’s Shelter.
Deanne is currently undertaking a Master of Public Health studies with Deakin University and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. Deanne looks forward to providing palliative care information to professionals throughout WA to equip them better to work in their various health care roles. Deanne also looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experience with PEPA particpants and learning more about other people and their cultures.
Phone: 08 9382 9339
Prof. Patsy Yates - Project Director
Suzanne Cosgrove - PEPA National Project Manager
Nicole Hewlett - PEPA National Indigenous Project Manager
Nicole is an Aboriginal woman with a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Hons) and a Master’s degree in Public Health. Nicole has broad experience with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia and has worked to support the implementation of effective Close the Gap policy, national public health initiatives and most importantly, address the systemic issues around racism. Nicole is passionate about supporting and advocating on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers, one of the most invaluable roles in the community. Nicole will work with the PEPA team to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities receive equitable access to knowledge, resources and care that are of genuine benefit and delivered in a way that empowers, dignifies and respects our rich and diverse First Nations people.
David Sachse - Clinical Educator
David is an experienced educator who has over 14 years’ experience working in the health and community services educator sectors. Having managed national RTO’s for Australia’s largest private health provider, David has also managed national mental health and state-wide patient safety education projects. David has extensive experience working alongside health professionals to create both clinical and non-clinical training for a wide variety of audiences and he has a special interest in online education. David achieved a Masters of Education (Adult Learning and Development) from UNE in 2010.
Dr Mary-Anne Kedda - Research Program Manager
Mary-Anne has a PhD in Human Genetics and a Master of Public Health from QUT. She has worked in human medical research for over 25 years, across the academic, government and commercial sectors, and has had senior management experience in molecular epidemiology research programs, clinical trial units in both early and late phase trials, clinical registries and in multiple disease areas. As the Research Program Manager for the Supportive and Palliative Care Research Program at the School of Nursing, Mary-Anne provides high level support for the management and coordination of our research activities.
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 3138 6130