Palliative Care South Australia (PCSA) is the Peak Body for Palliative Care in South Australia.
The PCSA Board consists of elected voluntary members who are collectively responsible for the proper governance of the organization, for establishing policy and setting strategic goals, and monitoring performance against the Strategic Plan. The Board profile reflects a range of skills and expertise to support best practice in a not-for-profit context. The Constitution sets out processes for Board appointments and describes responsibilities
Chair Person: Professor Gregory Crawford
Professor Gregory Crawford is a palliative medicine physician. He is Senior Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Director of Research and Education with Northern Adelaide Palliative Service. He is Professor of Palliative Medicine at the University of Adelaide. His basic medical degree was awarded by the University of Adelaide. He was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine by thesis from Flinders University in 2008. His major research activities are the psychological issues for people and their carers at the end of life, and for clinicians. He has a research interest in advance care directives particularly for vulnerable populations. He has particular interest in the end-of-life issues for people with non-malignant disease. He has strong involvement in education of medical students, postgraduate students, advanced trainees in palliative medicine and generalist providers such as general practitioners, community nurses, and other allied health professionals.
Deputy Chair Person: Ms Helen Walker
Helen Walker is a palliative care nurse with experience across the public and private sector. Her current position is Clinical Services Coordinator at Laurel Hospice at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide. Helen’s palliative care experiences have included the Clinical Management role at Mary Potter Hospice, the Director of Nursing/General Manager of Cabrini Palliative Care in Melbourne, the only fully integrated private sector specialist service in Australia. and Calvary Bethlehem.
Treasurer: Mr Nick Redin
Nick Redin has served as Treasurer since his election to the Board in 2015. He is Chief Operating Officer for Thoroughbred Racing SA Ltd, the governing body for the thoroughbred racing code in South Australia. His role as Chief Operating Officer includes the management of the Finance, Administration, IT and Racing Departments as well as overseeing the enforcement of specific government legislation. He manages the relationships with a number of industry stakeholders and has represented SA on national industry Boards and Committees. He has broad experience in the professional services environment (accounting) and has worked across a diverse range of small and large manufacturing enterprises and service industries in a number a differing roles in both for and not-for-profit organisations.
Ms Rosemary Caruso
Rosemary Caruso is a Senior Lawyer at Tindall Gask Bentley Lawyers. Rosemary is a member of the Law Society Succession Law Committee and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Rosemary heads up the Wills & Estates team and provides advice on estate planning – Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Advance Care Directives, assisting executors and administering estates and estate disputes. Rosemary presents to community groups about the importance of having estate planning in order and regularly does home and hospital visits to those who are receiving palliative care.
Ms Annie Fabig
Co-Founder and former Director of Osmoflo Pty Ltd for 26 years, prior experience includes customer service management and finance roles with DHL Worldwide Express and BP Australia. Osmoflo Pty Ltd developed from an engineering start-up to into a highly regarded, worldwide desalination business with over 220 employees. Annies experience is in the areas of general management, HR and organisational change, strategic planning, finance and board roles. Board positions have included the development of corporate governance charters and policies, subcommittee work and Chair roles for over 25 year period. Annie has a personal interest in strengthening the objectives and functions of PCSA.
Mr Kevin Hardy
Kevin has over twenty years experience within palliative care in South Australia in both the private and public sectors.
His initial experience involved in palliative care nursing in the acute and community settings within the Southern Adelaide Palliative Care Service. He then progressed to managing his own private nursing service, project management in SA Health and programme management in Country Health SA.
In recent years, he has returned his focus to clinical practice which has enabled him to continue further tertiary study and gain endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner in Palliative Care in 2015.
Kevin began work with Calvary North Adelaide in July 2017. He has been instrumental in the development of Adelaide’s first fully integrated private community based palliative care service that commenced operations in September 2018.
Elizabeth Ho OAM
Elizabeth lost a mother and husband to cancer over 2004-5, and strongly supports community palliative care. She has two children and four grandchildren, and has direct experience of the complex role of being the carer during periods of chronic and terminal illness. She has held senior positions in public and higher education sectors and offers extensive experience in governance, community engagement, strategic planning, fundraising, sponsorship, PR, and cultural diversity policy and practice. As a UniSA Director she introduced PC and Advanced Care Directives topics into the Hawke Centre’s popular public learning program, reaching thousands. Elizabeth has been a member of the PCSA Board since 2014 and sees the major new funding for PC support services gained at the last election as proof of the power of shared expertise among highly motivated Board members. Elizabeth was appointed as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the History Trust of SA, a government statutory authority, in 2016. As Deputy Chair of the Australian Migrant Resource Centre, and as Chair of the Migration Museum Foundation Inc., she always speaks up for culturally inclusive services and has extensive knowledge of policy and service issues for refugees, new arrivals, and emerging communities in SA. Elizabeth was awarded Australian Honours in 2012 for services to education and women. She is a Fellow of the University of SA and also of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, and is included on the SA Women’s Honour Roll.
Dr Patricia Montanaro
After graduating from the University of Adelaide in 1986, Dr Montanaro spent the first 10 years gaining extensive medical experience in a variety of hospital and community roles. She now splits her time between general practice and a variety of non-clinical roles with a strong focus on health advocacy, health outcomes and training the next generation of doctors, including Registrars at the Kensington Road Medical Centre. She served as President of the AMA in South Australia and on the College Executive as well as being an examiner of students and registrars. Dr Montanaro speaks fluent Italian and has been consulting in Norwood Medical Centre for over 15 years.