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.







NT Manager (Acting)

Jonathan Jauncey

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.


 Senior Aboriginal Health Education Officer

This position is currently vacant

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 6216
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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





 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 5657.

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.


 Michael Wear - WA Aboriginal Project Officer

My name is Michael Wear and I'm an Aboriginal man from Mulgana people in the North West of Australia, Shark Bay. For more than 15 years I have actively worked in Community Development and held senior management positions in a variety of industries. Previously, my duties included health promotion and a senior trainer for a  community based programmed targeting health workers and health professionals.

Phone: 08 9382 9339

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. 

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. 

David Sachse - Clinical Educator 

David Sachse is an experienced learning and development professional with over fourteen years industry experience in health and community services education, gained as:

  • The Executive Officer of the Australian Mental Health College – a community-services RTO specialising in mental health and community services training
  • Learning and Development Manager for Open Minds, a national mental health provider
  • National Learning and Development Manager for Ramsay Healthcare, where he managed the training of clinical staff and the RN and EN entry programs into Ramsay Health Care
  • Education and Curriculum Manager of the Queensland Health Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Unit, where he wrote and implemented a strategy on patient safety training within Queensland Health which received national and international recognition

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.

Work phone: 07 3138 0450

Dr Jane Mooney  -  Research Program Manager

Jane has a background in biomedical science and over 10 years’ experience working in university-based research support and management positions. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. Her work experience includes Program Coordinator for a Commonwealth-funded research project within the School of Public Health and Social Work at QUT; Research Partnerships Manager for the Faculty of Science at UQ; and most recently, Science Writer for the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at UQ. Through her education and work experience she has developed extensive skills in research and analysis, scientific and professional writing, grants administration, and project management. When managing research projects, Jane is passionate about establishing best-practice procedures to facilitate the efficient administration of activities to ensure optimal outcomes.

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 31380752