Committee

Professor Jane Phillips, President

Jane is recognised as a leader in palliative care research both in Australia and overseas. She is passionate about strengthening the role of nurses in delivering palliative care that responds to patients’ physical, emotional and spiritual needs. 

Jane brings clinical, policy and academic expertise to her role at PCNA. She is focused on expanding the organisation’s advocacy and representation activities, ensuring that members have a voice on major issues that impact palliative care policy and practice. Beyond PCNA, Jane is the founder and inaugural Director of the Centre for Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation (IMPACCT) at UTS, is the editor of both Collegian and the International Journal of Palliative Nursing and Chronic Illness, and was recently appointed to the editorial board of Palliative Medicine.

As well as a passion for patients, Jane is a committed supervisor for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. She holds honorary professorships at numerous universities, including Oxford Brookes, University, in the UK, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Sun Yat-Sen University, in China and the University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney.

Allison Lovell, Vice President

Allison has been a nurse for close to 20 years, primarily in the acute hospital setting in both Australia and the United Kingdom. After 10 years as a specialist haematology nurse in Queensland’s leading bone marrow transplant unit, she transitioned to specialist palliative care nursing.

Allison has a special interest in improving patient access to palliative care. She is currently employed by the Queensland Department of Health, Clinical Excellence Division to coordinate implementation of Queensland’s first statewide strategy for end of life care.

In 2014 Allison completed a Master of Health Management and in 2018 she became a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management.

Julianne Brisbane, Committee Member

Julianne is a palliative care nurse practitioner and Practice Lead at Uniting NSW/ACT.  She previously worked in oncology and palliative care at Westmead Hospital in Sydney. In 2012, Julianne transitioned a regional palliative care clinical nurse consultant role working across three local health districts. In the aged care sector, she provides mentoring for all levels of staff and conducts clinical reviews both for people living in residential aged care facilities and for people receiving home and community care packages. 

Julianne is passionate about building community awareness of palliative care and expanding access to best practice palliative care services for all Australians, regardless of their diagnosis or location. She is focused on improving quality of life through reducing symptom burden where possible, and also works with family members and significant others to provide information and support during the palliative care process.

At PCNA, Julianne is a member of both the aged care special interest group and the nurse practitioner special interest group. She holds a Master of Nursing (Chronic Disease and Palliative Care) from the University of Queensland and a Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) from the University of Sydney.

Joshua Cohen, Committee Member

Josh has been a specialist palliative care nurse for more than 10 years. He is currently employed as a palliative care nurse practitioner at Calvary Health Care Kogarah where he brings his passion for end-of-life care into the residential aged care setting.  

Previously, Josh was a member of the hospital palliative care consult team at Concord Hospital and part of an international faculty delivering palliative care teaching in Sri Lanka. Today, Josh is the Chair of Palliative Aged Care Network, NSW and an Honorary Associate at the Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney. He holds a Master in Palliative Care from Flinders University and a Master of Nursing, Nurse Practitioner from the University of Sydney. 

Dr Jenny Fox, Treasurer

Jenny is a Research Fellow, Centre of Research Excellence in End-of-Life Care at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). A certified practising accountant for more than 20 years, Jenny came to nursing later in life when a family member was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Her experience with community palliative care nurses was the launching pad for a new career.

After completing a Bachelor of Nursing at QUT, Jenny worked as a clinical nurse in a hospital palliative care unit. She returned to QUT to pursue further study and research, completing a PhD and embarking on a program of palliative care research with an emphasis on metastatic melanoma.  

In her current Research Fellow role, Jenny is focused on generating knowledge to guide the development of innovative service models that will improve outcomes for people at end of life. She recently completed a multi-site study into the supportive care needs for carers of people with metastatic melanoma.

Kym Griffin, Secretary

Kym Griffin is the Research Officer, Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education. In this role, she is responsible for developing and delivering palliative care clinical education to health care practitioners working in a wide range of disciplines. She is committed to improving access to high quality palliative care education for all health professionals, particularly those in regional and remote areas, and to improving end-of-life experiences for people living in non-urban areas. 

As a nurse, Kym has worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross where she developed important insights into working across cultures at the end of life. Closer to home, she has practised in metropolitan, regional and remote areas across Australia, working largely with community nursing teams and engaging remotely with medical and allied health support to provide palliative and end-of-life care. Kym is currently PCNA’s representative to the Coalition of National Nursing and Midwifery Organisations. 

Dr Louise Hickman, Committee Member

Dr Louise Hickman is the Director of Palliative Care Programs at the University of Technology Sydney. A registered nurse with extensive clinical and research experience, Louise holds an undergraduate nursing qualification, a Master of Public Health and a Doctor of Philosophy.

Louise’s postgraduate qualifications contributed to her expertise in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research. Her extensive research program includes a longstanding commitment to palliative care, as well as to translational research that connects the acute care, community and residential aged care sectors. She is currently completing a UTS fellowship on the care of vulnerable older populations.

A passionate educator, Louise plays a key role in delivering palliative care education to health care professionals across a range of disciplines. She sits on a range of industry committees and reference groups, appointments that reflect her clinical, research and educational expertise.

Dr Katrina Recoche, Committee Member

Katrina is the Convener of the Bachelor of Nursing at Monash University and a mixed-methods researcher in palliative care nursing and related areas. Her research spans a range of topics as they relate to palliative care, including nursing practice knowledge in palliative care, restlessness at the end of life, nursing management and palliative care education. Her current research includes projects on palliative care for homeless persons and access to palliative care for underserved populations.

As an educator, Katrina teaches palliative care in undergraduate and postgraduate nursing and allied health programs at Monash University. She supervisors honours, masters and PhD students conducting research on palliative care or related areas, such as psychosocial issues, loss and grief in permanent disability, chronic illness, and aged care. 

Katrina is a member of the Monash University Human Research Committee and various Monash nursing and midwifery committees. 

Faye Tomlin, Committee Member

Faye is a nurse practitioner working in a regional community palliative care service in Rockhampton, Queensland. With a Master of Nursing in Chronic Disease/Palliative Care and a Master of Nurse Practitioner Studies from the University of Queensland, Faye delivers specialist nursing care focused on assisting the person and their families to develop an understanding of their illness and the dying experience.

Faye is committed to improving health outcomes for older people, especially those in residential aged care, by integrating palliative care early into their health care journey.  In her role as a nurse practitioner, Faye plays an active role in fostering local partnerships that focus on providing a whole of community approach to the delivery of palliative care.  

Faye is passionate about educating nurses about their vital role in the provision of quality care at end of life.   As an advocate for the role of nursing in palliative care, Faye encourages nurses to engage in self-reflection to become aware of their own spirituality, values and experiences of death and practice self-care in order to build professional resilience.  She is an active member of the Nurse Practitioner Special Interest Group at PCNA.