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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
Honorary Professor | Vrije University, Brussels, Belgium

Peter is the Director of the Centre for Palliative Care which is a state wide academic unit based at St Vincent’s Hospital and a Collaborative Centre of The University of Melbourne, Australia. He is a Professor (Honorary) at The University of Melbourne and Professor (Honorary) at Vrije University Brussels, Belgium.  Peter is a registered nurse with more than twenty-five years’ experience in palliative care practice, education and research. He was the Vice President of Palliative Care Australia and a past board director of The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care. Peter is the Chair of the European Association for Palliative Care’s International Palliative Care Family Caregiver Research Collaboration and he is an international expert advisor to the All-Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care. Peter is a past recipient of the Premier's Award for translating evidence into practice and was appointed as a United States Fulbright scholar in 2017.

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.


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

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

Manager Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA)

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

Victorian Palliative Medicine Training Program Coordinator (VPMTP)

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

Project Officer

Fiona Israel
t: +61 9231 1934
e:fiona.israel@svha.org.au

Project officer/Nurse Educator

Katrina Holmes 
t: +61 9231 1933
e: katrina.holmes@svha.org.au

Research Fellow

David Marco 
t:  +61 9231 1929
e: david.marco@svha.org.au

Research Nurse/Project Officer

Di Saward 
t: +61 9231 1930
e: di.saward@svha.org.au

Research Nurse

Indy Khera 
t: +61 9231 1937
e: indy.khera@svha.org.au

Clinical Trials Coordinator 

Julie McDonald 
t: +61 9231 1940
e: julie.mcdonald@svha.org.au

Senior Reseach Fellow 

Kristina Thomas
t: +61 9231 1932
e: kristina.thomas@svha.org.au

PA to the Director & Deputy Director 

Kayleigh Morris
t: +61 9231 1925
e: kayleigh.morris@svha.org.au

PA to the Director of Palliative Care Services

Rhonda Mason 
t: +61 9231 5604
e: rhonda.mason@svha.org.au

Administration Officer 

Alfreda Plazzer  
t: +61 9231 1927
e: alfreda.soetopo@svha.org.au

Administration Officer

Courtney Sellwood 
t: +61 9231 1926
e: courtney.sellwood@svha.org.au 

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