PCV Celebrating 40 Years with 40 Stories

PCV Celebrating 40 Years with 40 Stories

Palliative Care Victoria celebrates its 40th Year Anniversary in 2021 by compiling 40 stories from those involved in providing palliative care to Victorians over the past 40 years. Contributors come from across the sector; nurses, counsellors, allied health, volunteers, doctors, educators, researchers and administrators. They reflect on the past, what drives them and what they see for the future of palliative care.
Dr Barbara Hayes
Dr John Buchanan
Dr Eric Fairbank
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Dr Barbara Hayes

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

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Dr John Buchanan

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

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Dr Eric Fairbank

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

Magda Lane
Michael Wasley
Patty Hodder
Meg Moorhouse
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Magda Lane

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

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Michael Wasley

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

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Patty Hodder

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

 

 

 

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Meg Moorhouse

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
Dr Roberto Celada
Carmel Smith
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Dr Ruth Redpath AO

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

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Dr Roberto Celada

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

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Carmel Smith

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

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Diane Wright OAM
Dorothy Yiu OAM JP
Regina Kendall
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Diane Wright OAM

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

 

 

 

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Dorothy Yiu OAM JP

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

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Regina Kendall

Regina Kendall has worked in the healthcare industry for over 32 years, with the past 16 dedicated to palliative care. She is now based in Ballarat and works with the Grampians Regional Palliative Care team in a regional specialist consultancy palliative care position. to read more

Anne Lane
Michael 'Taffy' Jones AM
Carole Cracknall
Rodney Harris OAM
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Anne Lane

Anne Lane never planned for a career in palliative care. She trained in a nurse apprentice program in Colac, south-west of Melbourne, before working for the Royal District Nursing Service the Royal Children’s Hospital. to read more

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Michael 'Taffy' Jones AM

Dr Michael ‘Taffy’ Jones AM is a humble man, but one who has played an integral part in the development of palliative care services across Victoria. to read more

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Carole Cracknall

Carol Cracknall, a palliative care volunteer with Ballarat Hospice Care Inc for 12 years, plays a very special part in the patient’s end of life journey. to read more

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Rodney Harris OAM

Rodney Harris OAM, former CEO of Motor Neurone Disease Association of Victoria has been instrumental in helping those living with MND access palliative care services. to read more

Brian Le
Anne Turley
Lu Butler
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Brian Le

As the Director of Palliative Care at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Peter McCallum Cancer Centre, Brian Le is very passionate about supporting people on their end-of-life journey.  to read more

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Anne Turley

Palliative Care Victoria Life Member, Anne Turley, first began working in the sector almost 37 years ago, just as palliative care was emerging in Victoria.  to read more

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Lu Butler

As the former manager of the Warrnambool & District Community Hospice, Lu Butler has played an immensely prominent role in supporting in-home palliative care over the past five years, a passion that was ignited after her husband passed away from a brain tumour, 31 years ago.  to read more

RERC - Anna and Rose
Kim Hider
Marina Celebic
Irene Murphy
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RERC - Anna and Rose

Anna Yarkova has been working with the Russian Ethnic Representative Council of Victoria (RERC) for the past year and a half.   She helps to support Rose as part of their Palliative Care Ancillary Services Program supporting clients with life-limiting illnesses.  to read more

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Kim Hider

Kim Hider has been working in the healthcare sector since she was 18 years old. During her long career as a registered nurse and midwife, she worked in various rural and metropolitan healthcare settings, dedicating most of her time caring for patients.  to read more

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Marina Celebic

As the Manager of the Serbian Community Association of Australia (SCAA), a not-for-profit organisation that provides the Serbian community with information, advocacy, referral, and social support, Marina Celebic is extremely passionate about supporting her community and providing education on palliative care.  to read more. to read more

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Irene Murphy

Irene Murphy grew up in Chile, South America where death is a topic openly spoken about. Now, as a regional Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner she is passionate about continuous learning, self-development and commitment to providing excellence in patient care.  to read more

Judi Greaves
Margaret O'Connor AM
Barry Whelan
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Judi Greaves

Judi Greaves has played a prominent role in the palliative care sector over the years including as former Chair of Palliative Care Victoria. She is passionate about increasing access to palliative care services, regardless of diagnosis or geography.  to read more

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Margaret O'Connor AM

Margaret O’Connor AM is an Emeritus Professor, nurse and former President of Palliative Care Victoria. Her passion for palliative care really developed after she helped care for her dad at home in the late 1970’s, before the establishment of community-based palliative care services.  to read more

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Barry Whelan

Barry Whelan provides support to both patients and their families throughout their end-of-life jouney in his role as spiritual and pastoral care worker.  to read more

Odette Waanders
Carita Clancy
Tanja Bahro
Bianca Hurle
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Odette Waanders

Odette Waanders’ passion for improving people’s lives motivated her to work as the CEO of Palliative Care Victoria from 2010 to 2019. “A close relationship with my grandmother influenced my appreciation of the unique value of each person and the importance of quality of life until the end of life.  to read more

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Carita Clancy

Carita Clancy’s interest in palliative care is a deeply personal one. The Ballarat Hospice CEO has been working in the health field since 1976, but it was her own encounters with life that influenced her nursing career.  to read more

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Tanja Bahro

Tanja Bahro has had a remarkable and diverse career. With an extraordinary history working in various industries, she has always ensured that the outcome of her work creates a difference in people’s lives.  to read more

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Bianca Hurle

Bianca Hurle has spent her entire professional career dedicating herself to improving the lives of others. She has worked extensively in the healthcare sector, and is currently the Hospice Manager of Rosehaven, a brand-new not-for-profit hospice located in Mansfield.  to read more

Prof Jennifer Philip
Karen Bryant
Dr David Brumley OAM
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Prof Jennifer Philip

Jennifer Philip has been working in the palliative care sector for 25 years. She initially started her career as a doctor working in consultative services, and is now the Chair of Palliative Medicine at University of Melbourne & St Vincent’s Hospital.  to read more

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Karen Bryant

Karen Bryant, a proud Gunditjmara woman, describes palliative care as an “essential and righteous service that helps people on their journey to the Dreaming. She is currently the Senior Aboriginal Liaison Officer at Northern Health, a position she has held for more than 14 years.  to read more

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Dr David Brumley OAM

Dr David Brumley OAM has had an incredible and rewarding career in the healthcare sector. Growing up in Cavendish, a small town in Victoria’s south west, David studied at a local high school before moving to Melbourne University’s Trinity College to complete his medical studies.  to read more

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