Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health

Palliative Care Statewide Clinical Network

The Statewide Palliative Care Clinical Network is committed to improve the quality, availability and experience of palliative care for all South Australians.

Working together to improve palliative care in South Australia

In early 2022, the Network determined a new direction and have focused their work to understand:

‘What would it be like to experience the best possible palliative care in South Australia?’

The Network identified two key priority areas:

  • Workforce sustainability
  • Navigation of services.

Two working groups have been established to focus on each priority area and develop initiatives that promote the best possible experience for palliative care patients, their support networks and healthcare workers.

The Working Groups’ members include:

  • Consumers
  • Community Care
  • Rural services
  • Emergency Departments
  • Palliative Care services
  • SA Ambulance Services
  • Other clinical speciality services
  • Department for Health and Wellbeing.

The Network takes a unique approach to its leadership, being co-led by consumer, Kathryn Hourigan and clinician, Dr Peter Allcroft.

This co-leadership approach recognises the relevance of consumer perspectives in leading improvement and innovation in Palliative Care, and reinforces our commitment to consumer engagement.

Other work

The Network has also partnered with us to develop a Palliative Care Patient Reported Measure for South Australia. This initiative will give patients the opportunity to provide feedback about their health experiences and outcomes, to drive improvements in care and healthcare outcomes.

This valuable feedback will help drive improvements across Palliative Care services in South Australia.

Strategic Framework for Palliative Care

The Statewide Palliative Care Clinical Network (the Network) partnered with the Department for Health and Wellbeing (DHW), to develop the Strategic Framework for Palliative Care in South Australia.

The Framework, delivered in December 2021, was developed to guide and prioritise improvements in the quality and availability of palliative care services for all South Australians.

Read more about South Australia’s Palliative Care Strategic Framework 2022-2027 on the SA Health website.

Hear from Dr Peter All­croft and Kathryn Houri­g­an about the Statewide Pal­lia­tive Care Clin­i­cal Net­work as part of the 2022 CEIH Con­ver­sa­tion Series

Palliative Care Statewide Clinical Network Steering Committee

Peter All­croft

Co-Lead, Pal­lia­tive Care Clin­i­cal Care, FMC

Kathryn Houri­g­an

Co-Lead, Com­mu­ni­ty Con­sumer Representative

Adam Monkhouse

Assis­tant Direc­tor, End of Life Care, Health Ser­vices Programs

Depart­ment for Health and Wellbeing

Alice Every

Nurs­ing Direc­tor, Aged Care Reha­bil­i­ta­tion and Pal­lia­tive Care, North­ern Ade­laide Local Health Network

Arrin Wis­lang

Man­ag­er Clin­i­cal Ser­vice, Rur­al Sup­port Ser­vice, Region­al Local Health Networks

David Hold­en

Med­ical Head of Unit, North­ern Ade­laide Pal­lia­tive Ser­vice, North­ern Ade­laide Local Health Network

Dei­dre Morgan

Senior Lec­tur­er, Pal­lia­tive Care, Flinders University

Eliz­a­beth Fallas

Nurse Prac­ti­tion­er Pal­lia­tive Care, Coun­try Spe­cial­ist Pal­lia­tive Care Services

Helen Stone

State and Ter­ri­to­ry Man­ag­er SA/NT, Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Soci­ety of Australia

Kate Sweten­ham

Clin­i­cal Lead End of Life Care Team, Depart­ment for Health and Wellbeing

Les­ley King

Senior Ser­vices and Sec­tor Capac­i­ty Offi­cer, Aged and Com­mu­ni­ty Care Providers Association

Lin­da Foreman

Pal­lia­tive Med­i­cine Spe­cial­ist and Con­sul­tant Ade­laide Pal­lia­tive Care, Cen­tral Ade­laide Pal­lia­tive Care Service

Mark Har­ris

Consumer/​Car­er Representative

Mary Cos­sich

Med­ical Head of Unit, SA Pae­di­atric Pal­lia­tive Care Ser­vice, Wom­ens and Chil­drens Hospital

Rebec­ca May

RN, Neona­tal Inten­sive Care, Wom­ens and Chil­drens Hospital

Shy­la Mills

CEO Pal­lia­tive Care SA

Sonia Schutz

Rur­al Gen­er­al Prac­ti­tion­er, Pal­lia­tive Care 

Sun­ny Traverse

Direc­tor Res­i­den­tial Aged Care, Bene Aged Care

Tim To

Head of Unit, Geri­atric and Pal­lia­tive Med­i­cine, South­ern Ade­laide Local Health Network

Tra­cy Johnstone

Consumer/​Car­er Representative 

Stephen WalesCom­mu­ni­ty Engage­ment Con­sul­tant, Car­ers SA

Kathryn Hourigan

Consumer Representative

Kathryn is a con­sumer advo­cate and com­mu­ni­ty leader with a pas­sion for improv­ing health­care. She has exten­sive expe­ri­ence in lead­ing com­mu­ni­ties and advo­cat­ing for the voice of the con­sumer, and she is com­mit­ted to mak­ing health­care more acces­si­ble, afford­able, and equi­table for all.

Kathryn pro­vides a con­sumer voice on many aspects of pal­lia­tive care ser­vices for all South Aus­tralians. She is a mem­ber of the SA Pal­lia­tive Care Nav­i­ga­tion Pilot Steer­ing Com­mit­tee, the Grief and Bereave­ment fea­si­bil­i­ty Project Board and the Pal­lia­tive Care Research Col­lab­o­ra­tion Project Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee led by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ade­laide. She also Co-Chairs the Statewide Pal­lia­tive Care Clin­i­cal Advi­so­ry Committee.

Kathryn has recent­ly con­tributed to the Con­sumer and Com­mu­ni­ty Engage­ment Com­mit­tee for the Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Net­work. She is also a for­mer pre­sid­ing mem­ber of the Hills Area advi­so­ry coun­cil and the regions rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the pre­sid­ing mem­ber pan­el with the for­mer Coun­try Health, South Aus­tralia Local Health Network.

Kathryn is a mem­ber of the Human Research Ethics Com­mit­tee at the Uni­ver­si­ty of South Aus­tralia. She is a for­mer reg­is­tered nurse, has a post­grad­u­ate in busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion, and has a bachelor’s degree in Archi­tec­ture. Kathryn under­took research for the Cen­tre for Health Assets Aus­trala­sia, Fac­ul­ty of the Build Envi­ron­ment, Uni­ver­si­ty of New South Wales where advice was pro­vid­ed to Fed­er­al, all State Gov­ern­ments and the Gov­ern­ment of New Zealand on health facil­i­ty design.

Kathryn’s par­tic­u­lar research inter­est is hos­pice archi­tec­ture and the design of ther­a­peu­tic environments.

Dr Peter Allcroft

BMBS FRACP M Palliative Care

Dr Peter All­croft is a Senior Staff Spe­cial­ist at South­ern Ade­laide Pal­lia­tive Ser­vices, based at Flinders Med­ical Cen­tre South Aus­tralia. He ini­tial­ly trained in Res­pi­ra­to­ry and Sleep Med­i­cine, com­plet­ed his Mas­ters of Pal­lia­tive Care at Flinders Uni­ver­si­ty, and is cur­rent­ly under­tak­ing a PhD at UTS, explor­ing the unmet pal­lia­tive care needs of frail old­er patients with heart fail­ure. He is active­ly involved with clin­i­cal teach­ing and research pro­grams. He has an inter­est in Mod­els of Pal­lia­tive Care for patients with com­plex chron­ic med­ical con­di­tions. He co-found­ed the Motor Neu­rone Dis­ease Clin­ic which is based at Flinders Med­ical Cen­tre, and is the Deputy Chair of the Motor Neu­rone Dis­ease Asso­ci­a­tion of South Australia.

Nation­al Pal­lia­tive Care 2023

Nation­al Palla­tive Care week is held on 21 May – 27 May 2023.

This year’s theme is Mat­ters of Life and Death” and shines a light on the peo­ple at the heart of qual­i­ty pal­lia­tive care – our work­force and volunteers. 

To learn more and see how you may get involved this year, vis­it the Pal­lia­tive Care South Aus­tralia web­site.

Pal­lia­tive care video series

The Net­work Co-Leads, Kathryn Houri­g­an and Dr Peter All­croft have devel­oped a series of videos to increase com­mu­ni­ty aware­ness of pal­lia­tive care, dis­cussing some of the dif­fi­cult con­cerns and bust­ing sev­er­al myths.

To watch this series, see Rais­ing aware­ness and bust­ing myths about pal­lia­tive care.

Doc­u­ments and resources


Want to know more?

If you’d like to find out more about the Statewide Pal­lia­tive Care Clin­i­cal Net­work email us at CEIHPalliativeCare@​sa.​gov.​au.