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PCRN Forum: Partnering with consumers to improve palliative care

PCRN Forum: Partnering with consumers to improve palliative care

4:00PM - 4:45PM Thursday 25th November 2021
Registrations for this event are now closed.
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The purpose of the Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN) is to foster the evolution of collaborative scholarly inquiry in palliative care in Australia. The PCRN is leading a program of research that focuses on consumer engagement, which seeks to enhance patient and public involvement in palliative care.

This discussion with Stacey Panozzo, Joanne Britto, Christine Hofmeyer and Avi Paluch will reflect on opportunities for consumer and community involvement (CCI) in palliative care and share a new program of work that seeks to explore, develop and implement a program to enhance CCI in palliative care in Australia.


Dr Stacey Panozzo

Research Fellow, PCRN Consumer & Community Involvement Program

Stacey Panozzo is the Project Officer for the PCRN consumer & community involvement program. She is a Research Fellow working with Palliative Nexus, St Vincent's Hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and The University of Melbourne. Stacey is a researcher whose particular areas of interest include improving supportive and palliative care access and delivery for patient groups experiencing vulnerability. Stacey is a member of the Health Equity Working Group for the VCCC. 

Twitter: @palmed_nexus


Dr Joanne Britto

Manager Consumer Involvement, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Alliance

Dr Joanne Britto is the Consumer Involvement Manager at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Alliance. With 25 years’ experience in medical research and PhD in neuroscience, Joanne’s interest in public outreach aimed at enhancing community awareness of science. In her current role, Joanne actively embeds the consumer perspective into program design and implementation through initiatives that formalise the role of consumers and establish quality partnerships. Joanne combines skills in medical research, education and communication to cultivate knowledge sharing and advance effective practice through collaborative opportunities.


Mrs Christine Hofmeyer 

Consumer Representative, PCRN Consumer & Community Involvement Program

Christine Hofmeyer has worked as a palliative care nurse consultant for 27 years. She has been involved in providing palliative care for patients, their caregivers and family, together with informing service and policy development at a local and state-wide level. Christine has experienced being a carer for several family members with life limiting illness and palliative care needs. She believes it is essential to ensure consumers’ and carers’ views and experiences are heard and integrated into research, policy development and service improvements.


Mr Avi Paluch

Consumer Representative, PCRN Consumer & Community Involvement Program

Avi Paluch cared for his wife Gita who lived with cancer for 12 years. This presented a whole new set of challenges as he worked to navigate and juggle so many different roles. Yet while he faced challenges, Avi believes there were also incredible rewards in being a carer for his wife. Avi has now trained as a grief counsellor to support other carers. He believes it is important for people to understand more about palliative care.


This PCRN Forum will be facilitated by: Prof Peter Hudson (Director, Centre for Palliative Care, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and University of Melbourne) and Prof Jennifer Philip (Chair of Palliative Medicine, Director of Palliative Nexus, University of Melbourne, St Vincent’s Hospital and in collaboration with the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre).

For further enquiries, please contact pcrnv@svha.org.au.

This forum will be delivered online – link details will be sent to your registered email address 24 hours prior to the event.

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