Position: Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, LMRPSCCS
Background: Anita has been working in Palliative Care with Bendigo Health since 2013. Prior to this, Anita worked primarily as an Oncology ANUM in Melbourne. Anita commenced studies for to become a Nurse Practitioner in 2015 and was endorsed February 2018.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Nursing – La Trobe University
Post Graduate Diploma Cancer Nursing and Palliative Care – La Trobe University
Master of Nursing, Nurse Practitioner – La Trobe University
Anita’s main role is in symptom management, improving knowledge of generalist palliative care providers and future care planning for patients within the southern Loddon Mallee Region. Anita provides consultations in Echuca, Maryborough and Swan Hill on a regular basis and provides regional nursing and General Practitioner education. Anita has a special interest in developing nurse practitioner clinics across the region and improving patient outcomes by enhancing access for all patients to early palliative care. Anita is currently on the working group for Safer Care Victoria’s Palliative Care Clinical Network looking at Anticipatory Medicines and Palliative Sedation Therapy and is also on the organising committee for the Palliative Care Nurses Australia (PCNA) Conference to be held in Melbourne May 2020.
Jade Odgers, a qualified Registered Nurse Division One, is the Manager of the Grampians Regional Palliative Care Team and the Grampians Regional Continence Service. Jade has completed a Master of Nursing, Diploma of Project Management, Diploma of Business Frontline Management, Advance Diploma of Management and Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training. Jade has worked in Palliative Care for over 20 years, both in the Grampians Regional Palliative Care Team and at Gandarra Palliative Care Unit in an inpatient setting. She is passionate in providing equitable access to high quality palliative care and education across the Grampians region. Jade is the current member of Grampians Regional Consortium and the Clinical Group, a member of the Victorian Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Collaborative and is a past Board member of Palliative Care Victoria.
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.
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.