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Meet Our Team

The Executive Team is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Centre.


Prof Peter Hudson

Director | Centre for Palliative Care
Honorary Professor | The University of Melbourne
Professor of Palliative Care | Queen's University (UK)

Peter oversees the Centre’s education initiatives and the development of our research programs. He is a Professor (honorary) at The University of Melbourne and Professor of Palliative Care at Queen’s University (UK), where he assists with palliative care research strategy, supervises higher degree students and conducts collaborative international research projects.  

A registered nurse with more than 25 years’ experience in palliative care practice, education and research, Peter is Vice President of Palliative Care Australia and is the Chair of the European Association for Palliative Care’s International Palliative Care Family Caregiver Research Collaboration. He has authored numerous international journal publications and attracted several million dollars in research grant income. Peter is a past recipient of the Premier's Award for translating evidence into practice and has recently been appointed as a Fulbright Scholar.

‘Palliative Care is a “no brainer” – not only does Palliative Care make you and your family feel better, it potentially makes you live longer.’

See Prof. Hudson’s Melbourne University expert profile.


Dr Jennifer Weil

Co-Deputy Director | Centre for Palliative Care
Deputy Director of Palliative Medicine | St Vincent's Hospital

Jenny is a palliative care physician, medical educator and clinician researcher. How these roles intersect, interrelate and translate to the bedside and impact on patient care is source of constant inspiration. Jenny has broad input into the activities of the Centre with particular oversight of research activities. Her role as the Lead of the CPC Clinical Trials Group exemplifies the combination of developing a clinically relevant research agenda with efficient translation into practice – effectively “closing the loop”. Her other research and education interests include clinical communication skills training, non-malignant palliative care, palliative care needs of acute hospital junior medical staff and the experience of patients with advanced illness presenting to the emergency department. 

The evidence base supporting palliative care practice is expanding rapidly and we need to start communicating these positive messages to ensure all patients have access to high quality healthcare.’


A/Prof Mark Boughey

Co-Deputy Director | Centre for Palliative Care
Director of Palliative Medicine | St Vincent's Hospital
Associate Professor | The University of Melbourne

Mark has oversight of the Centre’s education programs, as well as supervising a broad range of palliative services, research and education in his dual roles at the Centre and at St Vincent’s Hospital. He is also involved in service development on a local, state and national level as Chair and Clinical Lead of the Victorian Palliative Care Network. Mark is involved in the International Collaborative for Best Care of the Dying Person, and Chairs both the Renal Supportive Care Pathway Working Group and the Victorian Aboriginal Palliative Care Collaborative. Nationally, Mark is the immediate past president of the Royal Australian College of Physicians Chapter of Palliative Medicine, and has mentored emerging palliative medicine leaders in less developed countries through the International Palliative Medicine Leadership Development Initiative. 

‘As a teacher, one of the most rewarding things is when a health professional suddenly understands what palliative care is truly about.’

See A/Prof Boughey’s Melbourne University expert profile.


Soula Ganiatsas

Head of Operations | Centre for Palliative Care
Program Manager | Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN)

Soula is responsible for the financial, human resources, programmes, business planning and operational activities of the Centre, including marketing and communications. She brings her extensive experience as a former CEO of the Victorian Prostate Cancer Research Consortium (VPCRC), a not-for-profit consortium aimed at improving and integrating prostate cancer research across Victoria. Prior to this, Soula held senior roles in the hospital, academic and industry sectors, including Executive Officer of the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre at Epworth Hospital and Business Manager for Peter McCallum Cancer Centre's Research Division. Soula also has a Master in Business Administration (MBA) and 12 years of laboratory-based scientific cancer research experience at world-leading biomedical research institutions.

'We all have a role to play – even behind the scenes we all contribute and our passion is evident.’  

See Ms Ganiatsas’ professional profile on LinkedIn.


Program Managers

Coordinator of Education & the Victorian Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Collaborative (VPCNPC)

Karen Quinn
t: +61 3 9231 5665
e: karen.quinn@svha.org.au

Project Manager - Research

Alfreda Soetopo
t: +61 3 9416 0000
e: alfreda.soetopo@svha.org.au

Manager Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA)

TBA
t: +61 3 9231 5657  
e: pepa@svha.org.au 

Victorian Palliative Medicine Training Program (VPMTP) Medical Training Coordinator 

Dr Laura Booth
t: +61 3 9231 5664
e: laura.booth@svha.org.au

Manager Victorian End-of-Life Care Coordinating Program

Fiona Israel
t: +61 3 9231 5658
e: vec@svha.org.au

 
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