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.

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.



Nathan Taylor – NSW  Aboriginal Project Officer

Nathan is a Tubba-Gah man from the Wiradjuri Nation. Prior to PEPA, he has worked in the community services sector, and most recently as an Aboriginal Health Worker. He in passionate about supporting and improving the Health and Wellbeing of First Nations peoples.

NSW PEPA Website:
Phone: 02 9515 6424

Bridget Smith – NSW  Project Officer

Bridget has a background in radiation therapy, working in oncology for more than 7 years, both in Australia and the UK. She has a Masters in Health Promotion, and is passionate about empowering patients, improving the knowledge of providers, and achieving patient centred care.

NSW PEPA Website:
Phone: 02 9515 6424

NT Manager and Aboriginal Health Education Officer

Jonathan Jauncey - NT Manager

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.


Lorenz Pilkington - Senior Aboriginal Educator

Lorenz is an Aboriginal man born in Noongar country but grew up in Yamatji (Geraldton mid- West) country.  He has worked in the NT with the Federal Government for many years as a CDEP project officer working with remote Aboriginal communities.

Lorenz left the Federal service in 2000 and worked with NGOs until 2017 when he decided to study in 2018 and completed 2 courses in Allied Health care and graduated in 2019.

Lorenz has had a link to Palliative Care since 2009 when he supported an Aboriginal elder from Wadeye who came to Palliative Care. "He was my mentor when I was the remote area coordinator for counseling services at Wadeye.  Since then I have supported dear friends and their families who have come through Palliative Care".

Lorenz was supporting a friend in 2018 when he was offered a placement with PEPA at Darwin Hospice which led to his employment  in the PEPA program.


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:

Phone: 07 3646 6216

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.

Phone: 07 3646 5251
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Mark Waters – Executive Director (ED) SA Palliative Care

In South Australia, PEPA is managed by the Palliative Care South Australia (PCSA).  Executive Officer Tony provides strategic direction and management of PEPA at the state level. Mark was previously the CEO of Reconciliation SA.

SA PEPA Website:
Phone: 08 8271 1643

John McMahon – SA PEPA Manager

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


 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.


Phone: 03 6166 2821





 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 or call 03 9231 1935.

VIC PEPA Website:
Phone: 03 9231 1935

Courtney Sellwood - VIC Administration Officer

Courtney is a Melbourne native and proud Victorian with itchy feet – throwing in permanent work consisting of 10 years and 3 workplaces for contract roles leading to 6 workplaces over the past 4 years. She now has over fourteen years’ experience working as an executive assistant and administration officer with roles in local government, private industry, law firms, and hospitals administration amongst the highlights.

To contact Courtney email or call 03 9231 1926.

VIC PEPA Website:
Phone: 03 9231 1926

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 Project Consultants

In WA there is a consultancy model for Aboriginal engagement throughout WA.  From Kunnunurra, Derby, and Broome through to Carnarvon, Perth and the Margaret River Region there are a total of four Aboriginal health care Professionals who support Aboriginal communities throughout the vast land mass that is WA.  The Aboriginal Consultants work with and support Aboriginal communities to participate in PEPA placements and workshops.

For more information please contact WA Cancer Council.

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.

Suzanne Cosgrove - PEPA National Project Manager

Sue has a background in Nursing and has over 10 years’ experience working in Vocational Education and Training - mainly through teaching and management positions. Sue holds a Bachelor of Nursing and a Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (MANP). Her work experience includes Clinical Nursing in Acute care services and she has written many learning packages for Nursing Education and Health Care CPD. Sue has most recently studied Leadership and Management and enjoys mentoring and coaching people to achieve more from the work they are doing. Sue is passionate about holistic best-practice procedures for all people who are experiencing Palliative care interventions.

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.

Work phone: 07 3138 0450

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.

Email :
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 3138 6130