PCV Celebrating 40 Years with 40 Stories
Barbara Hayes’s passion for palliative care is a deeply personal one. As a teenager, she watched her 16-year-old brother die at home, without any palliative care services.
“There was no one back then to support and teach my parents how to care for him. We had a GP and the local minister attend our home at the end, but for the most part my parents had to figure it out for themselves.” to read more
A passion for an integrated style of medicine and psychology is what led John Buchanan to palliative care. The now retired psychiatrist was involved in the first palliative care service involving the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Melbourne CitiMission in the early 1980’s, a program which kickstarted palliative care in Victoria. to read more
Dr Eric Fairbank has had a truly remarkable career. After 18 years working in a country General Practice, Eric moved into to palliative care, and in 1986, he was appointed Director of Palliative Care Unit at Warrnambool Base Hospital. He went on to hold this position for 27 years before retiring in 2013. to read more
For Magda Lane, volunteering in the palliative care sector is an incredible privilege and in her own words, a calling from God.
Originally from Czechoslovakia, the 75-year-old has been volunteering in Melbourne’s south east for 34 years, after a few close friends in her church group identified the need for palliative care services in the local community. to read more
As CEO of Very Special Kids, a Malvern-based organisation which supports families with a child living with a life limiting condition, Michael Wasley is extremely passionate about supporting Victorian families who need it most. to read more
Patty Hodder has achieved a lot in her career, but her passion for supporting people at the end of life has stood unwavering. She trained as a nurse at The Alfred Hospital in the late 50’s. From here she had a number of other roles across Melbourne, eventually becoming involved in the very first pilot. program of palliative care in Victoria at Melbourne City
Mission. to read more
Meg Moorhouse is a social worker who has worked in the grief and loss space across many settings for more than 25 years. She is currently a bereavement counsellor with the allied care team at Melbourne City Mission Palliative Care. “I have been in this position for about six years and am very fortunate and grateful to be working in the space.” to read more
Dr. Ruth Redpath AO is one of the pioneers of palliative care in Victoria. Throughout her impressive career, Ruth, a Palliative Care Victoria Life Member, has been instrumental in advocating for those with a life limiting illness, all while providing care for them and their loves ones. to read more
Dr Roberto Celada has been providing palliative care to the West Gippsland area for over 20 years, after he watched his own father pass away in pain and without the support of end of life care. Originally from Mexico, Roberto arrived into Australia in 1986. He moved to Drouin, a rural township in the West Gippsland region in 1990 where he started a GP clinic. to read more
Palliative Care Victoria Life Member, Carmel Smith, has worked in community palliative care for over 17 years. In this time, she has become a beacon of light in the Shepparton area for the many people who have faced a life-limiting illness. Having trained at St Vincent’s in the 1970’s, Carmel’s early career experience was with cancer patients. to read more
Diane Wright OAM has worked in palliative care over 20 years. In this time, Diane has had a significant impact on the community, founding and establishing Anam Cara House Hospices in both Geelong and Colac. Palliative care holds a special place in Diane’s heart. to read more
Dorothy Yiu is a volunteer with heart. She began working with not-for-profit organisation, Chinese Cancer and Chronic Illness Society of Victoria more than 25 years ago, where she has been supporting Chinese patients living with cancer or a chronic illness. to read more