Meet our ambassadors

Lending their support

Meet the individuals who have lent their support to National Advance Care Planning Week.

  • Consultant Emeritus in Palliative Medicine,
    Townsville University Hospital

    Dr Will Cairns

    Dr Will Cairns is a Consultant Emeritus in Palliative Medicine at Townsville University Hospital where he was the founding Director of the Palliative Care Service. Will is an active writer and promoter of more open discussion of death and dying, and better care at the end of life.

  • Charlie Corke
    College of Intensive Care of Australia and New Zealand

    Professor Charlie Corke

    Charlie is one of Australia’s leading Intensive Care Specialists and the past President of the College of Intensive Care of Australia and New Zealand.

  • Megan Corlis
    Director of Education, Research & Aged Care,
    Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch)

    Megan Corlis

    Megan Corlis is a registered nurse and has worked in a diverse range of clinical and management roles across the acute sector including Geriatric Assessment, General Medicine and Palliative Care.

  • Kellie-Curtain
    Journalist and author,
    ‘What will I wear to your funeral?’

    Kellie Curtain

    Kellie Curtain authored the memoir, ‘What will I wear to your funeral?’ It’s an open, honest, heartbreaking, at times funny account of how her family prepared for the palliative care and eventual death of their beloved mother.

  • Karen-Detering
    ACP expert and leader,
    Respiratory Physician and Clinical Ethicist

    Associate Professor Karen Detering

    Associate Professor Karen Detering is a respiratory physician, clinical ethicist and renowned expert in advance care planning in Australia.

  • Dr_Sonia_Fullerton
    Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre,
    Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Palliative Medicine Consultant

    Dr Sonia Fullerton

    Dr Sonia Fullerton is a consultant in palliative medicine, with extensive advance care planning expertise. Her interests include patient-centred decision making, end of life care and health IT.

  • Ian_Henschke
    Journalist and Chief Advocate,
    National Seniors Australia

    Ian Henschke

    Ian Henschke is an award-winning broadcaster and Chief Advocate for National Seniors Australia, raising the profile of older people.

  • Colleen_ Johnstone
    Palliative Care Tasmania

    Colleen Johnstone

    Colleen is passionate about advance care planning and over the last three years has led Palliative Care Tasmania to provide education to over 17,000 Tasmanians in the areas of palliative care, advance care planning and grief and loss.

  • Dr Chris Moy
    General Practitioner,
    South Australia

    Dr Chris Moy

    Dr Chris Moy is a General Practitioner from Adelaide. He has worked in general practice for over 25 years with interests in aged care, palliative care and health communication systems. Chris was previously the Federal AMA Vice-President.

  • Linda-Nolte
    North Eastern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service

    Linda Nolte

    Linda Nolte is the North Eastern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service (NEMICS) Manager, and is passionate about person-centred care, improving health care systems, and the role of advance care planning in cancer care. 

  • Steve_Philpot
    Cabrini Hospital,
    Intensive Care Specialist

    Dr Steve Philpot

    Dr Steve Philpot is an Intensive Care Specialist at Cabrini Hospital with a special interest in end of life care, organ and tissue donation, communication skills training and empathy in the workplace.

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    Professor of General Practice,
    University of Newcastle

    Professor Dimity Pond

    Professor Dimity Pond conducts research in the area of mental health and particularly dementia, focussing mainly on GP identification and management of this.

  • Julie-Rankin
    Occupational Therapist,
    Territory Palliative Care

    Julie Rankin

    Julie Rankin has focussed on working in palliative care, aged care and community health, with extensive advance care planning experience with patients and loved ones.

  • Peter-Saul_Ambassador
    Medical Officer,
    Hunter New England Public Health Unit

    Dr Peter Saul

    With extensive Intensive Care Unit experience, Dr Peter Saul is Chair for the End of Life Law Committee and clinical lead of My Netcare, a web-based advance care planning platform.

  • Craig Sinclair
    Research Fellow,
    School of Psychology, University of NSW

    Dr Craig Sinclair

    Dr Craig Sinclair's research interests include advance care planning, supported decision-making and end-of-life care, particularly in the aged care context and among people living with dementia.

  • Australian Sociological Association,
    Advance care planning advocate

    Ricki Spencer

    Ricki Spencer (They/Her) has over 20 years of experience working in welfare provision as a social worker, teacher, and health promotions facilitator. Ricki identifies as a transgender, non-binary person with lived experience of disability. They're a passionate advance care planning advocate for the LGBTIQ+ community.

  • Ranjana Srivastava
    Oncologist and Writer,
    Monash Health

    Dr Ranjana Srivastava

    Ranjana Srivastava is a medical oncologist and a though-provoking writer of topics covering doctor-patient communication and navigating cancer. She is a recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia for her contribution to doctor-patient communication.

  • Jennifer_Tieman
    Director, Palliative and Support Services

    Professor Jennifer Tieman

    Professor Tieman is a leading academic and expert in evidence-based practice for palliative and end-of-life care.

  • Ben White_ACP week ambassador
    Director, Australian Centre for Health Law Research,
    Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology

    Professor Ben White

    Ben’s area of research focus is end-of-life decision-making with a particular focus on voluntary assisted dying. His work is interdisciplinary with publications in law, medicine, bioethics and social science journals.