2022 Tasmanian Palliative Care Awards and 2022 Tasmanian Palliative Care Honour Roll

Palliative Care Tasmania (PCT), the state’s peak body for palliative care are delighted to announce the winners of the sixth annual Tasmanian Palliative Care Awards.

CEO of Palliative Care Tasmania Colleen Johnstone says

It is wonderful to see so many contributions being recognised, this year we have had a record number of nominations from every corner of the state, King Island to Huonville, Scottsdale to Swansea. The judging panel had a very difficult time.

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 and volunteer network. We are thrilled we can take this time, once a year, to thank just a small handful of these wonderful people.

On Tuesday the 9th August, at Government House Tasmania, her Excellency the Honourable Barbara Baker AC and Emeritus Professor Don Chalmers AO hosted 18 finalists across six and 80 invited guests for the announcement of the 2022 Tasmanian Palliative Care Award winners  and 2022 and Tasmanian Palliative Care Honour Roll inductees.

The 2022 Tasmanian Palliative Care Awards are the only awards that recognise compassion and excellence in Palliative Care across the state. The Awards acknowledge the many selfless individuals and organisations assisting people with a life-limiting illness to live, die and grieve well.

The winners, runners-up and finalists included:

1) Outstanding Palliative Care Professional

The winner was:

  • Dr Ann Buchan – General Practitioner, Ochre Medical Centre, King Island

The runner-up was:

  • Kristina Mullins – Nurse Practitioner, Moreton Group Medical Services

The Finalist was:

  • Dr Shampa Sinha – Registrar, Special Palliative Care Service South & Comprehensive Palliative Care in Aged Care Team

2) Outstanding Palliative Care Volunteer/Carer

The winner was:

  • Mark Kelly – Volunteer, Lifeline Tasmania

The runner-up was:

  • Sarah De Jonge – Founder of 1000 Hearts

The Finalist was:

  • Dr Paul Barrington – Volunteer, Hospice Volunteers South

3) Outstanding Palliative Care Service Provider

The winner was:

  • North Eastern Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Scottsdale – Nursing Team

The runner-up was:

  • W.Whittle Palliative Care Unit

The Finalist was:

  • Gibson Unit, St John’s Calvary Hospital
  • Walking Through Grief, Launceston
  • Hospice Volunteers South
  • Hospice Care Association of North West Tasmania

4) Outstanding Achievement in Palliative Care

The winner was:

  • Working It Out – The Silver Rainbow Program

The runner-up was:

  • Li-Ve Tasmania – Healthy Dying for People with Disability project

The Finalist was:

  • The Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre

5) Excellence in Palliative Care – Aged Care setting

The winner was:

  • Andrew Buckley – Enrolled Nurse, Peacehaven Residential Aged Care, Launceston

The runner-up was:

  • King Island Hospital & Health Centre – Netherby Home Nursing Staff & Carers

The Finalist was:

  • Care Forward- State-wide Care Forward Care Coordination Team

6) Excellence in Palliative Care – Community setting

The winner was:

  • Community Rapid Response Service- North West

The runner-up was:

  • The Golden Wattle Café, Glenorchy

The Finalist was:

  • Launceston Community Nursing Service

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 Roll has two inductees:

  • Mrs Helen Gower (recognised posthumously)

Helen Gower was a much loved and respected palliative care volunteer from 2007 – 2021.

  • Mrs Viki Elphinstone  

Vicki Elphinstone has been a Nurse Unit Manager and Clinical Nurse Consultant with the Specialist Palliative Care Service (SPCS). She is an active member of the SPCS board and has taken on the roles of President and Vice-President.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the sponsors of the 2022 Tasmanian Palliative Care Awards.

Thank You!

Lifeline Australia
TPT Wealth
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation
Meals On Wheels Tasmania
Win TV
Working It Out
TerryWhite Chemmart
Pharmacy Guild of Australia Tasmanian Branch