Workforce Diversity

Increasing the palliative care workforce

Palliative Care Tasmania (PCT) partnered with the Australian Nursing & Midwifwery Federation (ANMF) to deliver education scholarships to support those nurses with a passion for palliative care. A cornerstone of these scholarships is to increase diversity within the sector and build the existing palliative care workforce.

It’s really important that our palliative care workforce reflects our diverse communities. We need more palliative care nurses across the State. However, we particularly need Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse nurses in palliative care.

The scholarships form part of the state-wide Strengthening Communities of Care (Workforce) Strategy led by PCT and funded by the Tasmanian Government.

In 2021 there were four scholarships offered and they commenced in May 2021 and continue until June 2022.Each include:

  • The full cost of a postgraduate certificate in Palliative Care (valued at $4,569) from Flinders University and supported by ANMF, plus up to $934 in costs associated with the course.

Scholarship winners

Four scholarship winners were chosen from 31 applicants across the state. The four winners all identified themselves from either culturally diverse, vulnerable/minority groups or regional areas in the community. All winners were Registered nurses.

  • Jon Delaine
  • Mel Hammersley
  • Sonia Dwarte
  • Zhong Xiong

Diversity Scholarship winner profiles below:

Find out more about
Jon Delaine

Find out more about Melissa Hammersley

Find out more about ZhongXiong (Johnson)

Strengthening Communities of Care

There are a number of initiatives that make up the Strengthening Communities of Care Workforce Development program.

Click on a project below to find out more.


State of Palliative Care report

Workforce Symposium

Workforce Diversity

Core Capability Framework

Palliative Care Roundtables