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The Board is made up of members of the palliative care and broader community, elected at the Annual General Meeting, and each contributing to a range of skills which provide robust organisational governance.

The Board is supported by an Advisory Panel of clinicians who provide advice on specific clinical issues.

Board Members 2017

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.

Elizabeth Ho OAM Elizabeth lost a mother and husband to cancer over 2004-5, and strongly supports community palliative care. As a UniSA Director she introduced PC into the Hawke Centre’s public learning program, reaching thousands. Since 2014, Elizabeth has brought to the Board substantial experience in non-profit governance, sponsorship, strategic planning and advocacy. Elizabeth thrives on results. She sees the major new funding for PC gained at the last election as proof of the power of shared expertise among highly motivated Board members. Her senior management and governance background led to an SA government appointment as Chair of the History Trust of SA, in 2016. As a voluntary Deputy Chair of the Australian Migrant Resource Centre and of the Migration Museum Foundation Inc she always speaks up for culturally inclusive services. Elizabeth was awarded Australian Honours in 2012 for services to education and women. She is a Fellow of UniSA and also the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Dr Peter Ford is a GP in the Tea Tree Gully area. He has been providing palliative care in residential aged care facilities, at home and in private hospital settings for 32 years. He is a Clinical Lecturer with the Department of General Practice at the University of Adelaide, involved in general practice training, and Clinical Examiner for the RACGP. Previous positions have included Chairman of Adelaide North East Division of General Practice, President of AMA SA, and Treasurer and Chair of various sub-committees including Healthy Ageing at federal AMA. Currently he is an Elected Member of Council of the City of Burnside.

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.

Paul Kitching has been on the PCSA Board since 2015 and is currently the Business Development Manager with FULLER Brand+Communication, a full service integrated marketing agency. Paul brings an extensive background in the local media industry. He is experienced in media sales and business development and brings to the PCSA Board solid media and business contacts as well as a personal passion to continue to build awareness for palliative care. Paul also sits on The Big Issue Fundraising Committee, Adelaide Cabaret Festival Advocacy Committee and Brand South Australia Advocacy Committee. He chairs The Salvation Army SA Marketing Committee and has been a mentor for the past 7 years for UniSA School of Business and volunteers extensively with parkrun Australia.

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.

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.