Executive Team

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.

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.

Dr Louise Hickman, Secretary

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.

Committee Members

Claudia Virdun, Committee Member

Claudia has nursed for 22 years and worked in palliative care for 19 of these in either a clinical, academic or policy focused role. She is currently a Senior Lecturer for the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney. Prior to this, she led a team at Palliative Care Australia to run the National Standards Assessment Program (NSAP). Clinically, Claudia has worked in large metropolitan tertiary centres (both in Australia and England) and in an Australian rural setting, mostly in Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultancy roles.

Claudia has completed an Honours degree (Nursing), Masters degree and is currently a Phd Candidate with her research focusing on palliative care within the hospital setting. She has completed prior research looking at education models supporting the integration of Palliative Care knowledge into Residential Aged Care Facilities; looking at adult and paediatric palliative care in both practice and philosophy; and nurse competence and how to measure this against variable training settings.

Claudia has also led significant project work including the Rural Palliative Care Project, Aged Care Access Initiative, Aged Care Panel work and supported many other projects through collaborative partnerships. Claudia is passionate about Palliative Care and how such an approach to care enhances the quality of life of those with serious and progressive illness.

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 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. 

Janeane Harlum, Committee Member

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Natalie Roset, Committee Member

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