LPCF Board

Maureen Mesiti

Joining as a volunteer at Daw House Hospice over 10 years ago, Maureen was approached to assist with fundraising activities that led to a Board appointment shortly after. She served as Deputy Chair for six years on the Board and is in her third term as Chair of the Laurel Palliative Care Foundation (formerly the Daw House Hospice Foundation). Maureen has found her involvement at all levels of the journey extremely fulfilling, and over the years has seen great growth and support to patients and families within the Hospice and Southern Adelaide Palliative Services.

James Rock
Deputy Chair

James brings a wealth of experience to the board following six years’ experience as Board member of a children’s charity. James’ current role is with the SA Small Business Commissioner as Case & Education Manager, he is also a trained mediator and has been a practising lawyer (since 2001) after 19 years as an electrician with the ‘old’ ETSA.  James has a strong background in governance and risk and is very keen to see the Foundation flourish to its full potential.

Tim Williams

Tim has worked within financial management in the industrial sector for many years with such companies as Brambles, Shell and Toyota, gathering an abundance of experience, which he’s now applying within his role as Treasurer.  It is not all leisure for Tim in his retirement though, as he is undertaking to consult for an Adelaide and regional bus company that is keen to gain in-depth financial assistance in an industry where a full understanding of costs and margins is essential.

Kate Swetenham
Service Director – SAPS

Kate is the Service Director for Southern Adelaide Palliative Services (SAPS). SAPS is a Regional Level 6 service with a dedicated inpatient unit of 15 beds being Laurel Hospice, which provides consultation and liaison services to the three hospitals within the Local Health Network and serves a population of 350,000 with community support. Kate was appointed the Chair of the Palliative Care Clinical Network in April 2012 and was responsible for overseeing the implementation of the strategic elements of the Statewide Services Plan – Palliative Care 2009-2016.

Patrick Cox
Clinical Practice Consultant – SAPS

Patrick has worked at Southern Adelaide Palliative Services as a Community Palliative Care Nurse for 22 years. An inspiration to his colleagues, Patrick joined the SAPS Community Palliative Care team as a nurse in 1991 and has become one of the group’s most senior caregivers. He holds a master’s degree in nursing, majoring in palliative care, and looks after clients in their own homes throughout much of the southern Adelaide region, from Morphett Vale to Sellicks Beach, and Clarendon to Willunga. His position helps to establish the crucial link between the Board and the clinical coalface.

Helen Walker
Nursing Unit Manager – Laurel Hospice

Helen is a palliative care nurse and experienced manager in a range of settings. After nearly 20 years in local and state government change management and leadership positions, she undertook a nursing re-entry program and found her way to palliative care. Her palliative care experiences have included Clinical Management role at Mary Potter Hospice, Director of Nursing/General Manager of Cabrini Palliative Care in Melbourne, and a short but rewarding stint at Calvary Bethlehem. Helen’s professional interests are firmly based in the development of responsive and efficient services for people nearing the end of their lives, wherever they may be. Looking for the patient and family experience of compassionate care lens drives her, in her belief that the Australian population needs our continuing focus on increasing access to services which are flexible and appropriate to their needs.  Many will know that Helen has made a strong and consistent commitment to increasing the engagement of the private health fund industry in service provision, for their members, who are nearing the end of life. Helen is a member of the SA Health EOLC Program Board, Deputy Chair of the Palliative Care South Australia Board and a valued member of the Palliative Care Australia Board.

Aine Greene
Retired Manager – SAPS Research Unit

Aine is the now retired Manager of the SAPS Research Unit where research programs are designed to improve outcomes for both patients needing palliative care and their family caregivers. Programs include symptom management, clinical drug trials, psycho-social care, service delivery evaluation, and family caregiver support. The unit collaborates with groups and individual researchers across Europe, specifically Scotland, England, Italy, Demark, Germany, Norway and Switzerland, along with the USA and Canada. Investigators hope this collaborative approach will boost the amount of international multi-centre studies in palliative care and initiate and develop evidence-based guidelines for palliative care practice. Aine brings to the Board an extensive background working in Nursing Education and Administration in both the public and private sectors and more recently a diverse range of complementary therapies.