Our Staff

Linda Hansen, Executive Officer

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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 been completely seduced by Palliative Care and 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, Manager 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.

Alex has held voluntary governance roles in non-government organisations including President of the Tasmanian Council of Social Services on the Board of the Australian Council of Social Services. He has also volunteered with Red Cross and the former Tasmanian Aids Council, as well as the Tasmanian Sail Training Association.

“The energy and devotion that volunteers, particularly palliative care volunteers, bring to their roles remind us that relationships are at the heart of community.”

Alex holds a Bachelor of Nursing and an MBA and is interested in organisational capacity building and primary health care.

Cody Sheehan, Communications Manager

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Cody joined Palliative Care NSW in September 2014 with a wealth of experience on the consumer side of health care.

With experience in communications, promotions, fundraising and the enterprise activities of not-for-profit organisations, Cody is connecting Palliative Care NSW to the everyday world of social media and big C communications.

“As Communications Manager I am looking forward to providing quality, valid and helpful information to all stakeholders within the palliative health sphere.”

Connect with Palliative Care NSW on Facebook, You Tube, Twitter and more.


Megan Burke, Policy Officer

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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.