Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors provides strategic guidance and oversight of our organisation playing a key role by setting the vision, mission and values by which we operate.
The Board play an integral role in setting the future direction of Palliative Care South East, mindful of the constantly changing environment in which we provide care. Our Directors are all volunteers and commit a large amount of time, effort and energy for the benefit of our local community.
Emeritus Prof. Margaret O’Connor AM
RN, FACN, MAICD, MPCNA
A former nurse, Margaret has enjoyed a long and illustrious career in palliative care. She was the inaugural chair of Palliative Care Nursing at Monash University from 2003 – 2014 and was previously involved in establishing and managing community-based palliative care services.
She has served on many national and international boards and committees and was a foundation member of the World Palliative Care Alliance. She is a past President of Palliative Care Australia and a member of the Executive Committee of the Asia Pacific Hospice & Palliative Care Network. In 2005, she was made a member of the Order of Australia for service to the development and establishment of palliative care services in Victoria.
B.A. (Media St.); Cert. Mktg; Cert. Brand Mgt
Dan is senior executive leader with over 20 years of communication, marketing, and business development experience, having worked in senior management roles for some of Australia’s largest health, aged care and communications companies.
He is the Managing Director of WE Communications Australia and was previously Executive General Manager – Brand and Business Development at Bolton Clarke, one of Australia’s largest aged, retirement and healthcare companies, and earlier held senior executive roles at home healthcare provider, the RDNS Group, with responsibility across RDNS and its subsidiaries, including offshore interests in New Zealand, China and SE Asia.
FAICD, AFCHSM, MAASW
Catherine has more than 25 years’ experience in executive management roles in community, health, disability and aged care services across the not-for-profit, government and private sectors. She is an advisor and consultant to a number of disability organisations across Australia.
Prior to establishing her own consultancy, Catherine was the General Manager of National Service Delivery with the Nextt Group.
She has personal experience with palliative care and is passionate enabling people with a life-limiting illness to live well and die in their place of choice.
LLB (Hons), BA, GAICD
David is highly regarded company Secretary, General Counsel and corporate governance executive. He has led the legal and Company Secretarial functions for major complex public and NFP entities across health, disability and emergency services sectors.
David has broad experience leading governance, board, risk management, compliance, procurement, ethical standards and integrity functions.
From 2013 – 2017, he was an Adjunct Lecturer at Monash University’s School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and health Sciences for 2013-2017.
Dr Sally McDonald
Sally is a general medical practitioner and has broad experience in all aspects of General Practice with a special interest in palliative care. She is has practised in the Palliative Care South East catchment area for 35 years.
Sally is currently the Chairperson of South East Health Care Providers Association (formerly the Dandenong Division of General Practice) She has long-standing experience of local health care issues.
Anthony is the Chief Operating Officer for Dementia Australia. He has more than two decades experience in the not-for-profit sector with organisations providing services in the disability, home nursing, home aged care support and residential aged care sectors.
Prior to his involvement in the not-for-profit space Anthony worked in the commercial sector across a range of industries including transport, service industries and travel.
‘…I have nothing but the highest praise for your staff and service. Nothing was ever too much bother and the caring nature of your staff was just brilliant.’
Son and carer of a client