2023 Tasmanian Palliative Care Awards and 2023 Tasmanian Palliative Care Honour Roll

Palliative Care Tasmania, the peak body for palliative and end-of-life care, is thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2023 Tasmanian Palliative Care Awards. These awards recognise individuals and organisations that have displayed outstanding dedication and innovation in the field of palliative care, providing support to thousands of Tasmanians.

Her Excellency the Honourable Barbara Baker AC and Emeritus Professor Don Chalmers AO hosted 100 finalists and invited guests at Government House in Hobart for the announcement the 2023 finalists and winners.

Ms. Veney Hiller, the CEO of Palliative Care Tasmania, took the opportunity to commend the broader palliative care community in Tasmania.

“We extend our sincerest gratitude to all healthcare professionals, community organisations, volunteers, caregivers, and advocates working tirelessly in our sector assisting people with a life-limiting illness and their loved ones to live, die and grieve well.

While there are many public services provided to improve the lives of Tasmanians, palliative care is the only sector that is dedicated to helping Tasmanians have a good death” she said.

Ms. Hiller congratulated to all the nominees, finalists and winners

“By recognising the depth and breadth of people and organisations that support dying Tasmanians, we give visibility to what can sometimes be an invisible workforce. We are thrilled we can take this time, once a year, to thank just a small handful of these wonderful people” she said.

The winners, runners-up and finalists included:

1) Outstanding Palliative Care Professional

The winner is:

  • Dr. Cyril Latt – General Practitioner, St Marys Community Health Centre, St Marys

The runner-up is:

  • Dr. David Knowles – General Practitioner, Glebe Hill Family Practice, Hobart

The Finalist is:

  • Dr. Jane Cooper – General Practitioner, Don Medical Clinic, Devonport

2) Outstanding Palliative Care Volunteer/Carer

The winner is:

  • Karen Zabiegala  – Volunteer, Tasman Neighbourhood House, Nubeena

The runner-up is:

  • Ken Webster – Carer, Hobart

The Finalist is:

  • Mary Harper – Volunteer, Specialist Palliative Care Service, Launceston

3) Outstanding Palliative Care Service Provider

The winner is:

  • Robert Johnston – Hospitality Services Manager, Calvary St Luke’s & St Vincent’s Hospitals, Launceston

The runner-up is:

  • Stevie Dwyer – Care Coordinator, Calvary St John’s Hospital (Gibson Unit), Hobart

The Finalist is:

  • Melwood Unit – Calvary St Luke’s Hospital, Launceston

4) Outstanding Achievement in Palliative Care

The winner is:

  • Melissa Staples – Community Development Officer, Kingborough Council, Kingston

The runner-up is:

  • Melanie Makaryn – Registered Nurse, Launceston Community Nursing, Launceston

The Finalist is:

  • Krista Rosewarne – Registered Nurse, J.W Whittle Palliative Care Unit, Hobart

5) Excellence in Palliative Care – Aged Care setting

The winner is:

  • Clare King – Registered Nurse, OneCare, Hobart

The runner-up is:

  • Suzette Long – Masonic Homes – Peace Haven, Launceston

The Finalist is:

  • Dr. Anna De Vries – General Practitioner, Hobart

6) Excellence in Palliative Care – Community setting

The winner is:

  • Lucinda De Bruyn – Registered Nurse, Community Nursing, Queenstown

The runner-up is:

  • Jacqueline Flood – Registered Nurse, Community Nursing, Launceston

The Finalist is:

  • Rachel Foster – Project Officer, Hospice Volunteers, Hobart

7) ‘Joy Coghlan’ Tasmanian Palliative Care Honour Roll

The Tasmanian Palliative Care Honour Roll recognises individuals who have made an outstanding lifetime contribution to the sector. The Honour Roll ensures these contributions are given full recognition and not forgotten in the passage of time.

The 2022 Tasmanian Palliative Care Honour inductee is:

  • Deb Foster


There are some images from the day including finalists, guests and winners – if you would like to take a peek, click this link


Well done everyone – what a fantastic Awards Year!!


The Awards would simply not be possible without the support of our wonderful partners who are committed to the sector and the people within it. We encourage everyone to support the organisations that support us.

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