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

NT Manager and Aboriginal Health Education Officer

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

Susan Blake - QLD Administration Officer

To contact Sue email  or call 07 3646 5251.

Mark Waters – Executive Director (ED) SA Palliative Care

In South Australia, PEPA is managed by the Palliative Care South Australia (PCSA).  Executive Director Mark 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

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 manages the Victorian PEPA program for the Centre for Palliative Care.

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

Fiona McLeod - VIC Education Project Officer

Fiona McLeod has recently joined the PEPA Victoria team working alongside Tracey Mander (PEPA Victoria Manager) as a project officer. Fiona has a background in nursing, and continues to work in a clinical capacity in the community as an endorsed Nurse Practitioner Palliative Care.
Fiona has cared for people living with life limiting illness for over 20 years working, most of whom have a chronic disease in multiple settings; residential aged care, community and in an outpatient palliative care clinic. Fiona has worked as a sessional educator for a number of years delivering palliative care education, including delivery of PEPA workshops and reverse PEPA placements - this experience allows her insight into how PEPA works but this new role will give a new perspective!

To contact Fiona email or call 03 9231 1926.

VIC PEPA Website: www.centreforpallcare
Phone: 03 9231 1926

Michelle Foot - VIC Administration Officer

To contact Michelle email or call 03 9231 1926.

VIC PEPA Website:
Phone: 03 9231 1926

Brooke Gallery – 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.

Distinguished Professor Patsy Yates AM – Project Director

Patsy is jointly appointed as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health 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 over 10 years’ experience within Vocational Education and Training - primarily in teaching and management positions. Sue holds a Bachelor of Nursing and a Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (MANP) as well as certificate qualifications in Vocational education and training.   Sue is currently completing an Executive Certificate  In Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring (LCAM) with the QUT Business School which will complement her previous coaching experience with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).  Sue believes that that the "Soft Skills" required to create exceptional teams can be found in mentoring and coaching people to achieve more from the work they are doing. Sue is passionate about education and 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.


Stephanie Dickinson - Clinical Educator 

Steph is a Registered Nurse with clinical experience in emergency and palliative care settings in the United Kingdom and Australia over the past 23 years. She has extensive experience working in Registered Training Organisations and the university sector and in developing, teaching and validating curriculum. Steph is committed to improving communication, resilience and empathy in the healthcare environment.

Work phone: 07 3138 0450

Sharon Wetzig - Clinical Educator 

Sharon is a skilled clinician and educator with many years’ experience in the acute and critical care setting, in both health service and education contexts. She has a strong background in interprofessional education and has worked in university, Registered Training Organisations and private sector education. Sharon is committed to improving quality in healthcare by supporting the healthcare workforce to improve professionalism, leadership, communication and teamwork.

Work phone: 07 3138 6290

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