Mrs 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.
Ms Kate Swetenham
Director – SAPS
Kate is the Service Director for Southern Adelaide Palliative Services (SAPS). SAPS is a Regional Level 6 service which has a dedicated inpatient unit of 15 beds – Laurel Hospice provides consultation-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 is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the strategic elements of the Statewide Services Plan – Palliative Care 2009-2016.
Mr Patrick Cox
Patrick has worked at Southern Adelaide Palliative Services as a Community Palliative Care Nurse for 22 years. Patrick’s position on the Board helps to establish the crucial link between the Board and the clinical coalface.
Mrs 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.