PCOC is a collaboration between four universities, and also participating services. Each of the universities are represented by a Chief Investigator.
Within PCOC there is a national team, located at the Australian Health Services Research Institute in Sydney and Wollongong. The national team drives and coordinates the national patient outcomes reporting, implementation, PCOC research, the international PCOC program, recruitment, the education program and quality activities. Across Australia, Improvement Facilitators (IFs) support services to participate in PCOC and they facilitate ongoing service development and quality improvement. The IFs are located across Australia. They work closely with services and are usually the first point of contact for participating services in their region.
- Professor Kathy Eagar, Chief Investigator
- Associate Professor Kirsten Auret, Chief Investigator
- Professor David Currow, Chief Investigator
- Distinguished Professor Patsy Yates, Chief Investigator
- Barbara Daveson, PCOC Director and Senior Research Fellow
- Professor Katherine Clark, National Clinical Director
- Malene Ahern, Improvement Facilitator (Aged Care)
- Megan Blanchard, Statistician and Research Fellow (Applied Statistics)
- Sam Burns, Data Analyst
- Clare Christiansen, Improvement Facilitator (QLD)
- Sabina Clapham, Quality and Education Manager and Research Fellow
- Alanna Connolly, Statistician and Research Fellow (Applied Statistics)
- Jane Connolly, Improvement Facilitator (VIC, TAS)
- Professor Claire Johnson, Professorial Fellow
- Natalie Joseph, Improvement Facilitator (WA, SA, NT)
- Le-Tisha Kable, Improvement Facilitator (ACT & NSW)
- Martin Kaltner, Improvement Facilitator (VIC)
- Anna McPherson, Improvement Facilitator (QLD)
- Tanya Pidgeon, Improvement Facilitator (WA, SA, NT)
- Arjun Radhakrishnan, Project Administrator
Professor Kathy Eagar is Director of AHSRI and the Executive Lead and Chief Investigator of PCOC. She has over thirty five years of experience in the health and community care systems, during which she has divided her time between being a clinician, a senior manager and a health academic.
She has authored over 450 articles, papers and reports on management, quality, outcomes, information systems and funding of the Australia and New Zealand health and community care systems. Professor Eagar has an established track record of undertaking large and complex health service research projects and has significant expertise in the design and management of large multidisciplinary research and evaluation projects with a well-established track record in research translation. She has a tradition of achievement in undertaking policy-relevant research projects in partnership with the health system.
Associate Professor Kirsten Auret joined the PCOC program as PCOC's Chief Investigator for WA, NT and SA in February 2021. Associate Professor Auret is a palliative care and general physician with an academic appointment in the Rural Clinical School in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Western Australia. Her research interests cover advance care planning and palliative care especially in rural areas and has collaborations and publications with Australian and international universities.
Professor David Currow FAHMS is a PCOC Chief Investigator. He holds an Honorary Professorial Fellow appointment with the University of Wollongong and is a Professor of Palliative Medicine at University of Technology Sydney, the Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor, Flinders University and Associate Director (Research) at the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre, University of Hull, England. Professor Currow is the Principal Investigator for the Australian national Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC), the world’s largest phase III symptom control study group in palliative care, which also has an active international phase IV collaboration with contributors in 15 countries. Professor Currow has published more than 600peer reviewed articles, editorials and books.
Distinguished Professor Yates is a PCOC Chief Investigator and holds an Honorary Professorial Fellow appointment with the University of Wollongong. Distinguished Professor Yates (PhD, RN, FACN, FAAN) is jointly appointed as Executive Dean, Faculty of Health at Queensland University of Technology, Lead Researcher for the Cancer Nursing Professorial Precinct at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and Director for Queensland Health’s statewide Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education (CPCRE). Distinguished Professor Yates has over 30 years of experience in research, education and clinical practice in cancer and palliative care. Distinguished Professor Yates is a past-President of PCA and is President of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care. In the 2020 Queen's Birthday List, she was honoured with a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.
Dr Barbara Daveson is the National Director of PCOC. Dr Daveson has over 20 years of experience in health services research, clinical practice and palliative care in Australia and internationally. Committed to collaborating to advance policy, practice and knowledge, her contributions often involve an emphasis on equity. The majority of Dr Daveson’s peer-reviewed articles, feature original research conducted with patients requiring palliative care. Dr Daveson has supervised a range of PhD candidates and has been involved in public and philanthropic funded health research in nine countries. Before joining PCOC, Barb was the Cicely Saunders International Lecturer in Health Services Research in Palliative Care at King’s College London.
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Professor Katherine Clark (MBBS MMed (pain) PhD FRACP, FAChPM) is PCOC’s National Clinical Director and a palliative care physician who has worked as a clinician, manager, teacher and researcher in palliative care. Professor Clark is the inaugural Clinical Director for Palliative Care (Northern Sydney Local Health District Cancer and Palliative Care Network (NSLHD). She accepted this position as part of NSLHD’s commitment to developing palliative care services with the aim of ensuring all residents of northern Sydney have reliable access to evidence based palliative care based on their clinical needs.
Malene Ahern is a physiotherapist with 20 years of experience in clinical practice working with clients neurological, orthopaedic and geriatric rehabilitation. She graduated from the University of Sydney (Bachelor of Applied Science, Physiotherapy Hons) and has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Information Technology at the University of Technology in Sydney. She has worked in Australia and UK in clinical roles in hospitals, community, aged care and private practice. She has previously worked as a national clinical education consultant in the assistive technology industry to improve access to adequate supports for clients with a range of chronic and complex health conditions. Malene has recently been awarded her PhD at Macquarie University in the development and testing of an individualised primary care program for acute low back pain. Her research interests include research translation, implementation of evidence-based practice into complex healthcare systems and improving person centred care.
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Megan Blanchard is a Research Fellow (Applied Statistics) who joined AHSRI in 2010 after working at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Since joining AHSRI, Megan has been part of the core team working on the development of classifications such as the Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Group (AR-DRG) classification v7.0 and Australian National Subacute and Non-Acute Patient (AN-SNAP) classification v4.0. Megan also has experience in health outcome measurement – she was the statistician for the electronic Persistent Pain Outcomes Collaboration (ePPOC) for 7 years and is now responsible for the statistical components of the Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC).
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Sam joined the PCOC team in the role of Data Analyst in January 2018. This follows graduation from a Medical and Health Sciences Degree at the end of 2017.
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Clare has worked at the Queensland University of Queensland (QUT) in Brisbane since 2012 in different palliative care funded projects including working as a PCOC Improvement Facilitator supporting Queensland Specialist Palliative Care Services for over five years. With an allied health background as an Occupational Therapist and post graduate qualifications in policy development and analysis. Clare has worked for both the Australian and Queensland Governments in clinical, strategic and operational policy including palliative care, aged care and persistent pain and program management roles over her career.
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Sabina has a Masters in Clinical Nursing, a specialty certificate in palliative care nursing and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Sabina has worked in palliative care inpatient nursing and a number of palliative care education positions and projects. Sabina joined CHSD in 2008 to assist with the development and delivery of PCOC education. Sabina has had ongoing involvement with PCOC since 2008 and re-joined the PCOC team in 2011 to provide education and support to NSW and ACT health services.
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Alanna joined AHSRI in July 2013 after working at BlueScope Steel for a number of years. She has tertiary qualifications in Engineering and Applied Statistics. Alanna is currently working on PCOC.
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Jane has a 26 year history in palliative care and Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care. Jane's history encompasses clinical inpatient nursing, Nurse Unit management and Senior Service level management. Jane joined CHSD in 2011 as a PCOC Quality Improvement Facilitator.
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Professor Claire Johnson (RN, PhD) is Professorial Fellow at AHSRI where she is leading the national implementation of the PCOC/Wicking model for Residential Aged Care. As the recent Vivian Bullwinkel Chair of Palliative Care Nursing (Monash University - Nursing and Midwifery) and Clinical Lead for End of Life Care (Eastern Health, Melbourne, Australia) Claire directed an extensive portfolio of clinical, behavioural and translational research to improve the quality and safety of care, and outcomes for people diagnosed with a life-limiting illnesses and of their families and carers, irrespective of the setting of care. Claire’s experience in clinical settings, research and leading change has equipped her to promote excellence in the care of people dying in residential aged care.
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Natalie joined the PCOC team in January 2019 and has background in nursing with post grad qualifications in palliative care. Natalie has worked in many areas of nursing including emergency, mental health, aged care and palliative care, both as a clinician and manager. Her most recent experience has been in clinical management in aged care including governance, strategic and operational portfolios, and particularly in palliative care in aged care. In this role she was involved setting up and managing a new initiative for palliative care delivery with a small dedicated palliative care unit aimed at providing care for patients (not aged care specific) who no longer wished to remain in a hospital/hospice environment but were unable to return home.
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Le-Tisha joined the PCOC team in March 2019 and has a Master’s in Nutrition and Dietetics. Le-Tisha has worked in various roles across the health sector and has diverse experience in clinical and community dietetics, public health, group facilitation and health/quality improvement. Her most recent experience is in cancer control, having contributed to a range of initiatives aimed at improving the experiences and outcomes for people affected by lung cancer in Australia.
Martin Kaltner commenced with PCOC as an Improvement Facilitator in 2019.
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Anna has qualifications in biomedical science and public health. She has worked previously in research and program management with a focus on health system development in developing contexts, including research for the Asia Pacific Observatory for Health Systems and Policies and the Health Information Systems Knowledge Hub. This work has focused on the evaluation of health systems and the strengthening of information systems to enable the effective collection and use of data to inform policy and practice. Anna has research interests in areas including: policy development, infectious disease, sexual and reproductive health, disability and rehabilitation. She has also worked as a monitor of clinical pharmaceutical trials and in health promotion.
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Tanya has 20 years’ experience in health, including clinical practice (clinical and management, in inpatient, community and telehealth settings), health research and quality improvement. She is a Registered Nurse and recently completed the Master of Public Health at the University of Western Australia. In addition to a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), Tanya has a Cert IV in Training and Assessment and a Bachelor of Creative Industries (graphic design). Tanya joined PCOC in 2010 as a Quality Improvement Facilitator (QIF) for Western Australia, based at the Cancer and Palliative Care Research and Evaluation Unit, UWA. More recently she has become the QIF for the Northern Territory. Tanya works as part of the PCOC team which includes providing support and education for other states and projects with the PCOC national team. Prior to joining PCOC Tanya was employed at the WA Centre for Ageing, UWA, as a Research Officer, and the WA Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care as a Research Assistant on the Liverpool Care Pathway evaluation project. Tanya has been and continues to be involved in a number of palliative care research projects, and has co-authored several journal publications.
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Arjun joined PCOC in November 2020 and provides administrative assistance to the PCOC team in both Sydney and Wollongong offices. He graduated from University of Wollongong in 2018 and holds a degree in Engineering Management. He has taken up research assistant roles as a student and has worked with other departments of the University of Wollongong such as UOWx and Sydney Business School before taking up his role at PCOC.
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PCOC is governed by the Management Advisory Board (MAB). The MAB is responsible for the strategic and executive management of PCOC. The MAB has an independent chair, Ms Judy Brewer AO.
Ad-hoc scientific and clinical advisory committees also form part of PCOC. These committees provide advice to the MAB on key priorities.
PCOC has a range of taskforces. The taskforces help drive forward streams of work within PCOC.
This governance structure brings together subject matter expertise, commitment and innovation to deliver solutions to clinical and policy imperatives to help improve outcomes in palliative care.
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PCOC is a national palliative care project funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.