Janeane Harlum, President
Janeane is a proud Registered Nurse who has over 30 years palliative care experience that has included hospitals, Specialist Palliative Care Units and community settings. She works in NSW in the South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) which has the largest population in NSW, is experiencing the highest population growth and is characterised by a diverse CaLD population with over 140 languages /dialects spoken.
Janeane has worked in senior positions for over two decades including CNC, Area Nurse Coordinator, Director Palliative Care, and Service Development Officer and currently as the District Palliative Care Manager and Service Development. She credits her passion for palliative care from her undergraduate experiences with patients and their families, personal experience and from several nurse leaders who taught and role modelled compassion, care and communication. This led Janeane to her very first RN job in a Palliative Care Unit and she has remained in Palliative Care for almost her whole career.
Post graduate study has included a Masters of Clinical Practice; Bachelor Health science; Diploma Applied Science; Grad Cert in Leadership and Management; Oncology Nursing Certificate and Counselling Certificate.
Janeane professional interests all stem from providing the best care possible for patients and their families/carers. With this as her foundation, her particular interests are in service design and development, models of care, consumer participation and developing partnerships. She credits success to working with a team of people who are interdisciplinary, hold similar values, always willing to “think outside the box” and having a team culture of respect.
Several key achievements include the development of a strategic plan for the LHD with respect to Palliative Care and End of Life Care, implementing a governance structure for the palliative care service, and development of a new model of care “The PEACH Programme” for those patients in last week/s of life.
Janeane is also past committee member of PCNSW and is currently on the NSW ACI Palliative Care Network Executive. She has served on several NSW Health committees and is currently on the SPHERE research group and within her own LHD is a chair and co-chair of many committees and working groups.
Away from work Janeane enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, watching movies and horse racing. She is excited to be on the PCNA Committee and looks forward to working with the rest of the members in continuing to promote and progress Palliative Care Nursing.