Colleen has extensive experience as an executive and senior manager.She has worked for 15 years for both the Australian and Tasmanian Governments in a number of positions and managed a large range of complex projects.Colleen is passionate about palliative care and the community sector in Tasmania.She has led Palliative Care Tasmania for five years and under her leadership, PCT has changed governance and organisation structures, delivered outcomes on millions of dollars of grants and projects, and positioned itself as a key health peak body.
Sharon King is an Allied Health Professional with an interest in all aspects of health. Sharon’s background is as a Dietitian APD (Accredited Practicing Dietitian), with a Masters in Dietetics and a Cert IV in Training and Assessment, and experience working in clinical, community and private settings.She has worked on palliative care, rehabilitation, and oncology wards.
This piqued her interest in palliative care and improving the overall quality of life of patients and supporting the family/loved ones. Sharon’s passion is in educating and working with the community to improve resources from within. She has worked for Palliative Care Tasmania (PCT) for over 4 years and has enjoyed the ongoing opportunities to work in this sector of care. Working with communities and developing partnerships to strengthen resources, is a vital part of the work PCT do and Sharon looks forward to continuing this work into the future.
With more than 20 years experience, Venéy is a qualified professional specialising in integrated marketing/communications, media, branding, strategic and stakeholder management. In addition to leading a successful national consultancy she has held senior positions in agencies, commercial, State Government and for purpose environments. Most recently she was the Deputy CEO of another community sector peak body. Venéy is values driven and her key strength lies in the ability to deliver outcomes in a thoughtful, creative and collaborative way, harnessing a sense of common purpose and delivering impact for the people and sector we serve.
Venéy is passionate about ensuring that all people, no matter what their age, have access to the best quality palliative care and end of life services available.
PalliHub Community Manager & PCT Senior Workforce Development Officer . .
Ian Joined the PCT team in August 2021 and is a highly skilled marketer and communicator with 18 years of experience. His communication and software skills, knowledge of design, and expertise in marketing make him an excellent addition to the team, Ian will be helping to develop the exciting new PCT Community digital HUB.
Ian works part-time with PCT and runs his own successful digital design business.
In his spare time, Ian can usually be found on Mount Wellington, shredding the trails on his overpriced mountain bike.
Hannah joined the PCT team in October 2021 as our Administration Officer. Hannah works in the office Monday to Thursday and will be able to help you with all your administration and Membership inquires. Hannah brings with her a wealth of knowledge and organisational skills that will assist the PCT team deliver on their strategic and operational objectives.
Outside of her time in the office, Hannah is a fitness instructor at F45 Cambridge and plays hockey with OHA. She is enthusiastic about health and fitness, and it is something she is very passionate about.
Luke is a marketing graduate from the University of Tasmania who joined our team in October 2021. With an academic background in economic analysis and marketing, Luke brings a unique perspective and passion to his role as our Marketing and Membership Officer. Although new to the health sector, Luke is eager to learn and is committed to supporting Palliative Care forward in all aspects. In his extra time, Luke enjoys playing sports such as basketball and football, investing, and enjoying the great outdoors.
Gaylene is an experienced and awarded Registered Nurse with more than 25 years experience. Gaylene’s nursing career has seen her work in primary health care and general practice, then extend to public health, including preventative health programs. She has spent many years in the oncology and palliative care fields and brings her vast experience to her role as an educator at Palliative Care Tasmania.
Gaylene is passionate about connecting people and their families with quality support services, particularly within regional and rural communities and equally dedicated to delivering quality Palliative Care education to the community.
Azam is an experienced and trained health educator and University lecturer. Azam has an MBA and a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Management and is a current PHD candidate at the University of Tasmania, Azam’s research is in dementia.
Azam holds two roles at Palliative Care Tasmania. One as a Project Officer (seconded from Primary Health Tasmania) educating clinical and non-clinical staff about Palliative Care, Advance Care Directive, Advance Care Planning, and End of Life Difficult Conversations in n Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) and a Policy and Research role within the Policy, Advocacy and Communications (PAC) team. She is responsible for delivering robust research on a range of high-profile issues regarding palliative care globally, nationally and state-wide that may aid in policy development.
Azam is driven and passionate about education and making a positive impact on the sector.
Hannah Butler is a highly skilled Registered Nurse with over 12 years’ experience in the aged care, community and acute sector. Hannah’s natural desire to lead others has seen her manage and coordinate many teams to achieve quality performance and deliver a high standard of nursing care. Her most recent achievement was managing a busy Palliative Care and Day Oncology Unit, giving her great insight into the needs of the Tasmanian community and the palliative care sector.
Hannah is passionate about building connections and supporting people to live and die well with a strong interest in education. Hannah is excited to join the PCT team and continue supporting the community whilst advocating for sector development to deliver quality palliative care to all. Hannah’s love for Tasmania and its beautiful scenery often means she is making the most of her days off bushwalking and exploring with her young family.
Barb is an accomplished health professional working for many years in the aged care sector in lead clinical and managerial roles. As a registered nurse her experience in acute, primary and residential aged care settings afforded her insights into how people who have a life limiting illness can live and die well. Barb holds qualifications in gerontology, management and health professional education.
She has a special interest in dementia and palliative care and is passionate about providing learning opportunities for people who wish to improve their knowledge and skills in palliative care support. As a Palliative Care Project Officer (seconded from Primary Health Tasmania) Barb facilitates learning opportunities for staff, volunteers, and families about Palliative Care, Advance Care Planning, and End of Life Conversations for aged care providers in the north and north west of the State.
Amanda has a background in health administration, hospitality and education and is an active volunteer in community groups, including with the Specialist Palliative Care Service. She has a Bachelor of Commerce, and is in the process of completing a Masters of Counselling.
Amanda is passionate about helping people to die well by helping to initiate conversations around death and dying; and by educating the community and the health sector about supports and services available to people with a life limiting illness.
On the weekends, Amanda enjoys running and volunteering at Parkrun and finding new mountains to climb.