Palliative Care Queensland

Palliative Care Queensland Annual Summit 2023 – Wrap Up

Palliative Care Queensland would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who attended our 2023, Palliative Care Queensland Annual Summit. This event helped us shape our 2024 priorities, gave further exposure to our sector’s insights and offered an excellent platform for panel discussions and speakers. We will now use the information gathered during the day, to finalise our priorities report and prepare for our continued advocacy work in 2024.


We would like to thank the following speakers and panellists for their time, to come and speak at our event.

Event speakers:

  • Dr Geoff Mitchell – Emeritus Professor, The University of Queensland
  • Dr Anthony Herbert – PCQ President and Director of Paediatric Palliative Care Service Queensland Children’s Health
  • Brittany Lauga – Assistant minister for Health and Regional Health Infrastructure
  • Camilla Rowland – Palliative Care Australia CEO
  • Blessing Makoni – Director and Nurse Practitioner, Ipswich Nurses
  • Kylie-Anne Dempster – Clinical Nurse Consultant, Ipswich Hospital Palliative Care Service
  • Barbara Dennis – Charters Towers Compassionate Communities
  • Tracey Porst – Chief Executive Officer, Karuna Hospice Services
  • Dr Nicola Morgan- Medical Lead, SPACE Project Statewide
  • Kim Sutherland – Acting Social Work and Welfare Clinical Education Program Manager, Metro South Health
  • Sarah Bone – Manager Carer Program, Carers Queensland
  • Amber Ali – Coordinator Palliative Care, Western Queensland PHN
  • Louise O’Neill – Chief Executive Officer, Palliative Care Queensland


  • Anne Joyce – Nurse practitioner, Cairns Integrated Palliative Care Service
  • Jess Slater – Statewide Palliative Care Manager, Blue Care
  • Glen Quinn – Clinical nurse Consultant, Metro North Health
  • Jennifer Walker – Acting Clinical Nurse Consultant, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

Also, an enormous congratulations to all our award nominees, finalists and winners. Your contribution to the palliative care sector does not go unnoticed and PCQ looks forward to your continued work over the next year.

Award Winners:

  • Diane Gowers – Emerging Leader in Palliative Care
  • Mingary Care – Innovation in Palliative Care
  • Aurora Hodges & Eliza Munro (IPEPA Team) – Outstanding Achievement in Palliative Care for First Nations Communities
  • Gold Coast Specialist Palliative Care (SPACE) – Palliative Care Excellence in an aged care setting
  • Kerry Gordon (Precious Wings) – Outstanding Achievement in Volunteering
  • Hummingbird House – Outstanding team / Organisation Delivering Holistic Palliative Care
  • Dr Ofra Fried – Lifetime Achievement Award

Palliative care Queensland would like to thank our sponsors for this event. Your generous support made the Palliative Care Queensland 2023 Summit possible. Your contributions have allowed us to provide the platform to have these crucial conversations and bring everyone together.


  • Gold Sponsor – PallConsult, Metro South Health
  • Gold Sponsor – Queensland Voluntary Assisted Dying Support and Pharmacy Service
  • Silver Sponsor – Mingary Care
  • Bronze Sponsor – Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education

As the year draws to a close, we would like to thank everyone who has made this year a success. From all of us at the Palliative Care Queensland team, we look forward to seeing you at all of our 2024 events, including the Ambulance Wish Gala dinner and Palliative Care Summit and awards and wish everyone a happy holidays and wonderful new year.

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