The Organisation

Ballarat Hospice Care

We are a team of specialist palliative care nurses, supportive care advisors, patient and family support volunteers, and compassionate administration and support staff. We cover the City of Ballarat, Hepburn Shire, the northern end of Golden Plains Shire and the western end of Moorabool Shire. 

Established by community members in 1985, our not for profit organisation guides patients, and supports carers and families to live, die and grieve well.

We aim to:

  • support people to feel safe 
  • enhance quality of life 
  • work together to achieve choices on how to live and die.
SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY
SINCE 1985
Our Story

From the community, for the community

In 1984, local community members identified a need for community based palliative care services. A steering committee was formed and in 1985, after much consultation, an incorporated association was formed.

In 1989, Ballarat Hospice Care was recognised as a model for palliative care services. 

Service development continued, and in 1999 the organisation purchased and refurbished a new headquarters at 312 Drummond St Sth, Ballarat. 

Since then, Ballarat Hospice Care has expanded its services and capacity in response to the growing population and community need.

During 2016, a fundraising appeal was launched to purchase land for the construction of a Palliative Care Hub in Alfredton.

The community raised $1.2 million, and in 2018 Ballarat Hospice Care received additional support through the Rural Health Infrastructure Funds program.

Ballarat Hospice Care moved to the purpose built Palliative Care Hub in September 2019. This building was designed with our staff and our clients in mind. It is a place of calm, where clients can meet to receive any number of services, and ultimately find a soft place to land.

We have been providing in-home specialist palliative care services for over 30 years.

We support our patients’ choices in their preferred place of death. We are the local home based specialist palliative care service for an extensive area. Our team travels across 3483 square kilometres, reaching communities in the City of Ballarat, Hepburn Shire, the northern end of Golden Plains Shire and the western end of Moorabool Shire.

To offer our community a speciality palliative care service focussed on end of life issues and care.

Ballarat Hospice Care, using a skilled, interdisciplinary team approach, facilitates with compassion, the provision of home-based, holistic palliative and end of life care.

  • to provide specialist palliative care equitably and responsibly within available resources
  • to promote palliative care values within the community.

Board of Governance & Staff

Ballarat Hospice Care is governed by a Board of Governance, who volunteer their time and expertise to the organisation. Ballarat Hospice Care staff are dedicated and committed people who care deeply for the patients they support.

The rules of Ballarat Hospice Care are available here

Management

CHAIR

Malcolm Weaver

Diploma of Business, former Chartered Accountant
Appointed 2021
Sub-committees: Finance, Nominations & Recruitment

TREASURER

Sandra Campbell

B.Bus, Member Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
Appointed 2023
Sub-committee: Finance

DEPUTY CHAIR

Meredith Johnson

Bachelor Economics
Appointed 2013
Sub- Committees: Clinical Governance, Risk, Nominations & Recruitment

Members

Geoff Russell

B.A. (Sociology), Grad. Dip. Bus. Admin., Dip. Fin. Servies. GAICD
Appointed 1998
Sub-Committees: Community Engagement, Risk, Nominations & Recruitment

Sarah Byrne

JD, B.Bus(Law)
Appointed 2023
Sub-Committee: Community Engagement

Gabrielle Kirby

Bachelor Health Science Nursing
Graduate Diploma Palliative & Gerontics
Masters in Health Service Management
Appointed 2022
Sub-Committees: Clinical Governance

Ross Phillips

MB.BS, FANZCA
Appointed 2023
Sub-Committee: Clinical Governance

Mandy Macdonald

Diploma of Human Resource Management
Diploma of OH&S
Diploma of Managemen
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Appointed 2021
Sub-Committees: Finance

STAFF

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Andrew Howard

MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Dr David Brumley, OAM

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Katherine Gillespie

Clinical Coordinators

Mel and Vicki

SPECIALIST PALLIATIVE CARE NURSES RN

Chris, Janine, Leanne B., Leanne M., Louise, Mandy M., Mandy S., Meg, Sarah, Simon, Stacie, Valerie

SUPPORTIVE CARE ADVISORS & SUPPORTIVE CARE COORDINATOR

Angela, Claire, Joanne and Trine

ADMINISTRATION

Lee, Caryl

EQUIPMENT & MAINTENANCE

Peter, Max, Brian

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER & VOLUNTEER MANAGER & OP SHOP COORDINATOR

Michelle, Maree, Roger

FINANCE MANAGER

Kerrie

Quality & Compliance Manager

Karen

STRATEGIC PROJECT AND RESEARCH MANAGER

Diane

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