Our team

Our small but talented team operates nationally and is based in Melbourne. 

Here are some of our key staff.

Linda Nolte, Program Director

Linda is passionate about person-centred care, improving health care and leading programs.

She has twenty five years of experience working in oncology, aged care, community health, clinical governance, and government sectors. She has led Advance Care Planning Australia since 2016, delivering its first Strategic Plan, re-branding, an extensive range of programs, resources and collaborations, and over-sighted significant policy reform.

“I am very proud to be leading Advance Care Planning Australia. We have formed a great team and are building strong partnerships to improve health care. In recent years, our work excellence has been recognised and Advance Care Planning Australia is now an ongoing core national program."

Samantha McCloy, National Manager, Support Services & Volunteers

Samantha has a passion for program innovation and 'big picture' thinking.

She has a background in cancer services and health promotion. She has previously worked with the McGrath Foundation alongside breast cancer nurses and Cancer Council NSW managing volunteers and programs such as SunSmart and Healthy Sports Initiative.

"What I enjoy most about this role is the new relationships I'm building with the volunteers I manage, as well as with other staff. Our volunteers have such a vast variety of skills and expertise and it is wonderful to learn from them."

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Casey Haining, National Project Manager, Policy

Casey is passionate about the intersection between health care, law and policy.

She has qualifications in law and biomedicine. She was a previous legal intern at Advance Care Planning Australia and has experience working in both policy and research, particularly exploring the impact of law on medical practice.

"What I enjoy most about this role is being able to witness the impact of our program. It is wonderful to see that the dedication of our team translates into informing and improving advance care planning laws, policy, health systems, workforce capability and community awareness."

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Loretta Walshe, National Manager, Communications 

Loretta has a strong combination of communications and marketing experience across the health, disability and community services sectors. She has worked across cancer services, aged and carer services, rural health and indigenous health. 

Loretta is a published journalist and is adept at operating across multiple communications channels to create campaigns that build engagement, inform and empower. She is skilled at translating complex health information into accessible language - including for diverse, vulnerable and marginalised communities. 

“My personal and professional experiences have made me feel strongly about the need for everyone to share their wishes about their own health outcomes, both for their personal wellbeing and for their families. As much as possible, we want our healthcare to reflect our values and what is most important to us - including at those critical times.” 

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Helena Rodi, National Project Manager, Education

Helena comes to Advance Care Planning with more than 10 years' experience as a healthcare clinician and is committed to delivering high-quality healthcare education and curriculum.

With a background in acute care and cancer services, Helena contributes valuable insights into the patient experience and is a champion of patient-centred care. Helena balances her work with Advance Care Planning Australia with her academic work at Deakin University.

 "What I enjoy most about this role is working with industry and stakeholders to deliver education programs to health professionals, care workers and volunteers. It is great to see the impact the ACPA program has on changing both practice and systems.''

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