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Palliative Care Queensland is governed by a board of nine State Council members, who are volunteers and  members of Palliative Care Queensland and who have been elected by the membership to manage the organization.

Within the State Council sits the Executive Committee (Management Committee), comprising the President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.

The Chief Executive Officer is appointed by State Council to manage the day to day operations of the organisation and to ensure that the organisation's strategic and operational objectives are realised. The CEO reports directly to the Executive Committee.


His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland

State Council Members

Executive Committee

Mr. John Haberecht

John is the Director of Learning and Development at Queensland Health’s Centre for Palliative Care Research & Education (CPCRE) where He has worked for 10 years. John holds a Masters of Education, Online Learning and a Bachelor of Psychology.

Vice President: 
Ms. Carol Hope

Carol is a Palliative Care Service Manager, at The Wesley Hospital. She has extensive clinical palliative care experience in both the UK and Australia and was awarded an NHMRC TRIP Fellowship in 2010.

Ms. Cayley Haig

Cayley has worked as a forensic accountant at Vincents Chartered Accountants for over 5 years. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and International Business.

Secretary: Sue Manton
Sue Manton, Registered Nurse, Director of Little Haven Palliative Care Inc- a not for profit frontline palliative care and cancer support service with a big footprint in the Gympie / Sunshine Coast region. Seeded 35 years ago from a compassionate communities desire to provide better care for the dying, Little Haven continues today to extend its services to all who seek them, with a model of care that values early intervention of palliative care in improving quality and quantity of life.

General Members

Dr Matthew Cooper

Dr Matthew Cooper is currently an Advanced Trainee in the RACP Palliative Care Training Program, working with the Sunshine Coast Palliative Care Service.  Prior to this change in direction in August this year, he had worked as a GP for 14 years in Mapleton, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.  Matthew has also previously worked at Mt Olivet Hospital (now St Vincent’s Brisbane); he is a board member of Cittamani Hospice Service, as well as being a member of Palliative Care Queensland State Council. 


Mr Jonathan Walsh

Jonathan Walsh is a Principal and QLD Practice Group Leader (Dust Diseases) at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Australia’s leading social justice law firm.  Jonathan specialises in acting for patients diagnosed with terminal illnesses including mesothelioma, lung cancer and chemically induced cancers as well as chronic conditions including asbestosis, silicosis, coal workers pneumoconiosis and dust induced COPD and emphysema.  He experiences firsthand the critical role palliative care plays across many institutions in both regional and metro Queensland and offers legal insight and assistance to the State Council.  

Dr Laurie Grealish
Dr Grealish is Associate Professor Subacute and Aged Nursing, in a joint appointment between Griffith University and Gold Coast Health. She researches in the areas of ageing, chronic illness and palliative care, and workplace learning. Her research focus is on improving health outcomes through workforce development, including translation of research into practice. Dr Grealish has published 47 manuscripts in specialist peer reviewed journals, nine book chapters, four research reports and co-edited one book.

Annette Lourigan
Annette has worked as an Undertaker since 1997. Since that time she has witnessed both professionally and personally the holistic care of a person when they are in a palliative care service or unit. Her vast experiences of serving families who have experienced the dying and death of a family member is “that they are better equipped to organise a truly, reflective funeral service when they have walked part of the journey with the support of a wonderful palliative care team”.

Henry Nona
I grew up on Badu Island in the Torres Strait Islands.  I come from a family of 14 and am a very proud Indigenous Australian.  I’m the third youngest in the family!  Our family later relocated to Cairns for educational purposes and most of my upbringing was on the mainland. I
started as a Public Servant 06/12/2001.  I worked in different departments; to name just a few - Dept of Housing, Dept of Youth Justice, and Qld Police Service as Police Liaison Officer. I’m currently working for Qld Health in Metro North Hospital and Health Service as a Cultural Capability Officer (CCO) delivering Indigenous Australian cultural training to Staff only.  My role is to educate staff rather than to engage with consumers and patients.

Linh Pham
Linh graduated with a dual degree in Social Work/ Social Science and has over 12 years experience as a clinical social worker in various major Hospitals and Department of Human Services within QLD. She has worked across all aspects of the health care system with adults, mothers and children and in a variety of areas such as cancer care, palliative care, aged care, maternity, trauma and emergency. Linh worked as the Renal Social Worker for Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, a position she has held for 5 years until August 2017. She is now the senior Social Worker at Community Palliative Care Service based at North Lakes Health Precinct. She has presented at renal and palliative care forums/ conferences and has been involved with various research articles.

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