Our Management Committee 

Palliative Care NSW is an incorporated association and is governed by a voluntary Management Committee. Seven committee members and three executive committee members are elected by at an Annual General Meeting. The Committee meets regularly to provide sound governance.

Current Committee members are:

  • Deborah Parker (President-Elect)
  • Peter Cleasby (Secretary)
  • Michael Edgar (Treasurer)
  • Therese Smeal
  • Colleen Carter
  • Janelle Chruszcz
  • Melissa Cumming
  • Gerry Dixon
  • Peta McVey
  • Joan Ryan.


Palliative Care New South Wales is searching for an appropriate Patron, having enjoyed several years with Maree Bashir as Patron. Please direct enquiries to the office. 


Palliative Care NSW is the peak body representing palliative care and other relevant health services and health professionals, patients, carers and people with an interest in palliative care. Currently we have around 250 members.

Our Team

Our staff team works to resource and connect professionals, volunteers and community members. Meet the staff:

Linda Hansen
Linda HansenExecutive Officer
Linda has been with Palliative Care NSW for over 10 years. Prior to that she worked as a consultant with a range of clients including Palliative Care Australia. Linda worked for Carers Australia for some years and before that was an employee of the Commonwealth Public Service in Canberra. Linda has a passion for improving access to quality care for everyone. She often jokes that once you’re in palliative care – you’re in for good! Linda has a broad range of skills that include governance, policy and strategic planning. Her current focus is on community capacity building and building compassionate cities around end of life care. Linda has a Bachelor of Arts in social sciences and a reasonable capacity to hold a tune.
Alex Huntir
Alex HuntirManager Volunteer Support Services
Alex joined us in July 2014 to manage the Volunteer Support Services program.
He previously worked as a nurse in oncology before moving into community services management, working as CEO of a Tasmanian disability support service and then of Cystic Fibrosis NSW. He also has a background in legislation, policy development, training, auditing and quality systems. “The energy and devotion that volunteers, particularly palliative care volunteers, bring to their roles remind us that relationships are at the heart of community.”
Megan Burke
Megan BurkePolicy Officer
Megan was introduced to Palliative Care NSW in July 2015, as part of an internship program while completing a Masters of Policy and Applied Social Research at Macquarie University, concluding a study on palliative care volunteering in aged care facilities during this time. Since the end of the internship Megan has begun working part-time as a Policy Officer for Palliative Care NSW and is currently investigating the experiences of volunteers in paediatric palliative care, with more projects to follow throughout the year. Having quickly developed an intense belief in the importance of high quality palliative care Megan is excited to learn more about how this sector could be improved and share this knowledge along the way.
Kate Bowman
Kate BowmanPolicy Officer
Kate joined Palliative Care NSW first during her internship through Macquarie University as part of the requirements for a Bachelor of Social Science degree. Her first project involved talking with volunteer managers of community services about their volunteers who find themselves incidentally coming into contact with people at or near the end of life. Since then Kate has been looking into the recent history of developments in aged care and palliative care.
Julie Flood
Julie FloodPolicy Officer
Julie has been working for PCNSW for a year, initially to review and revise the Policy Statement but her vast experience in palliative care as a nurse and then in administrative roles has seen her contribute to a range of policy work.