We are thrilled to announce that former palliative care nurse Teresa Plane, 89, was named the state’s Senior Australian of the Year, lauded as a pioneer in her field who established the home and day care centre Macquarie Hospice in 1984. Congratulations!
Teresa is a former nurse recognised as a pioneer of modern palliative care in Australia. Her devotion began late one night during a drive home from hospital as she listened to a life-changing interview with psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. As she heard her discuss the five stages of dying, Teresa realised she’d always been a death-denying nurse. She was inspired to study palliative care methods overseas before opening a hospice and palliative care unit at Mt Carmel Hospital in western Sydney in 1978.
Read more about our 2022 state’s Senior Australian of the Year HERE
Read full list of winners HERE