The State of Palliative Care Symposium (Strengthening our workforce) is proud to present you with our National and Tasmanian Experts.

Corin Boughton 

Corin Boughton is the National Director – Programs and Operations of Carers Australia, the national peak body representing Australia’s unpaid carers, advocating on their behalf to influence policies and services at a national level. 

Prior to her role at Carers Australia, Corin worked across various parts of the community sector including child protection, education, disability and health. This work involved establishing and leading a range of projects focused on improving life outcomes for young people, people living with disabilities (including dementia) and people experiencing homeless and addiction. Some of these projects include:

  • an alternative learning program for students living in disadvantaged areas of SWS with the highest instances of suspension and expulsion in state
  • an alcohol and other drugs education program specifically tailored to young people living with intellectual disabilities and learning difficulties
  • an app for people living with dementia to assist them, their loved ones and their aged care supports to discuss their end of life care wishes in a conversational and non-clinical way

The Carers Australia team are currently working on the diversity and growth of their programs. This involves the delivery of multilingual resources for young carers and their supporters, Auslan translation of a carer specific mindfulness course and a podcast series highlighting the invisible side of caring for people living with mental illness and psychosocial disability. 

Corin’s work in the not for profit sector has been recognised through being both a nominee and recipient of awards including: ZEST, Rotary Pride in Workmanship, Young Citizen of Year and Youth Action’s Youth Work.

Kathrine Morgan-Wicks

Secretary (CEO) – Department of Health (Tasmania)
Commissioner of Ambulance Services
BA(Hons) LLB(Hons) LLM, Barrister and Solicitor (HCA, SupCt VIC), Solicitor (SupCt Qld) 

Kathrine’s 20 plus year career as a lawyer and executive has spanned the private and public sectors, including 14 years travelling throughout Australia and overseas with Australia’s corporate regulator, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), with senior executive responsibility for various operational divisions (Enforcement, Consumer Protection, Corporate Services and Registry Operations (Digital Transformation)) across ASIC. 

A move to Tasmania brought with it the opportunity to shift from the Commonwealth to the State Service, and in February 2014 she commenced as Deputy Secretary (Budget and Finance) at the Department of Treasury and Finance, one month prior to Tasmania’s first change in State Government for over 16 years. Kathrine led her Treasury Division through the delivery of four State Budgets in just over three years, whilst quickly coming up to speed with the Tasmanian business and community context. 

In 2017, Kathrine was appointed as Acting Secretary for the Department of Justice and was confirmed in the role in early 2018. In the role, Kathrine was responsible for overseeing 1400 plus employees across 29 locations, with portfolios spanning the Courts, Corrections, Worksafe Tasmania, Consumer Protection, Planning and Building Regulation and a $340M capital programme. 

In September 2019, Kathrine was appointed as Secretary for the Department of Health and is now responsible for the delivery of a $2B health service including public hospitals, district health services, Tasmania Ambulance, mental health and public health, encompassing over 14,000 employees across Tasmania. 

In addition to her legal qualifications, Kathrine has completed graduate courses in business and leadership with the Melbourne Business School and Harvard Leadership Program. 

Corporate Governance, financial management and transforming organisations to customer-centric delivery are at the heart of Kathrine’s service-oriented career, culminating in 2020 with her role as State Health Commander for Tasmania during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Nick McShane & David Morgan

Nick is Managing Director of Stenning & Associates Pty Ltd, a boutique consultancy firm based in Hobart that consults nationally.  He has an extensive background and 35 years of experience in public policy and economic, regulatory, workforce development and social policy issues.  He has extensive expertise in contemporary workforce planning and development, having undertaken a wide range of workforce development projects for government, industry and community sector bodies.  In 2019-20 he directed the development of the Strengthening Communities of Care Workforce Development Implementation Plan 2020-21, which was undertaken by Palliative Care Tasmania (PCT) on behalf of the Tasmanian palliative care sector.

David is CEO of Artibus Innovation, one of six Skills Service Organisations appointed by the Commonwealth to manage the national training packages used in the vocational education and training sector across Australia. He is a highly qualified and skilled workforce development practitioner, with over twenty years’ experience working with a wide range of industries on skills development issues.

He has a deep understanding of workforce development through his current role and former role leading an Industry Training Advisory Board (ITAB) and as consultant to many Industry Skills Councils. David also has deep expertise and extensive experience in workforce capability and capacity development, having developed a wide range of industry workforce development plans that focus on how to improve industry capability and capacity.

Professor Deborah Parker

Deborah is the Professor of Nursing Aged Care (Dementia) in the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney. Deborah has worked as a clinician researcher for over 20 years and has received over $58 million in research funding. Her primary areas of research are palliative care for older people, technology for older adults and health services evaluation in aged care. She is co-lead on End of Life Directions in Aged Care, a federally funded program to improve palliative care and advance care planning for older Australians. Deborah is Vice President of Palliative Care New South Wales, Board Director of Carrington Care and holds executive positions on the Palliative Care and Age and Ageing Clinical Academic groups for the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE).  

Sabina Clapham

Sabina Clapham is the Quality and Education manager for the Australian Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC) and a Research Fellow at the Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI) at the University of Wollongong. Since first joining PCOC in 2007, Sabina has been instrumental in developing and embedding the programs assessment and response framework into clinical practice across the country. The information collected by this framework, which includes routine patient reported outcome measures, forms the basis of the data collection for the outcome measurement and benchmarking processes of PCOC.

Sabina is a Registered Nurse with a Masters in Nursing and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Sabina has worked in aged care, acute care and palliative care in various clinical, education, quality and project management positions. In her current position, Sabina ensures the implementation and sustainability of the PCOC program and leads clinical practice changes within PCOC services.




Interested in Sponsoring the Symposium?

There are a range of Sponsorship opportunities to be part of this important event, as well as combined opportunities to support the Symposium and the 2021 Tasmanian Palliative Care Awards, which enable Palliative Care Tasmania to ensure palliative care workers, programs and volunteers are recognised and rewarded for the enormous contribution they make. This also extends your visibility and reach across two distinct events.