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Dedication from the Community

Albany Community Hospice has a Board of Management that is made up of dedicated community members that have the various skills required to ensure that we maintain a high level of governance. To achieve this and to support the Board of Management, subcommittees have been developed to manage a vast range of issues related to the operations of the Hospice.

Jane Mouritz

Jane Mouritz  –  Chair Person

Jane Mouritz moved to Albany from Hyden in 2015.

Jane was involved in the Hyden community for 37 years. She has served in local government, and also as an appointed member to a number of State and national advisory committees, including the Regional Communities Program, Stronger Families and Communities Initiative, the National Advisory Committee for Ageing, Internet Advisory Panel and the WA Telecentres Advisory Board. Until recently she was a director of Leadership Western Australia and a member of the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention WA. In Albany, she is Chair of the Middleton Beach Group Inc. and a member of the Southern Ports Community Consultation Group.

Jane is currently studying full-time in Albany at the local UWA campus.

Helen Hawley

Helen Hawley  –  Treasurer

Helen was born in Beverley to farming parents.  The family shifted to another farm near Badgingarra in her late primary school years.  She spent her high school years at St Gertrude’s College, New Norcia.  After commencing university studying Industrial Chemistry she decided that was not for her and joined the ANZ Bank in Perth.  This began the journey into accounting and business management.  Helen moved to Albany in 1974 with the bank where she met her Husband, Alan, and they were married in 1977.  Alan & Helen have a farming property North of Albany.  They have 2 daughters.  Helen left the ANZ Bank in 1978 to become a legal secretary with Haynes Robinson, solicitors, then became their in house Accountant and Office Manager in 1981.  In 1997 she decided to further her career by joining Lincolns Accountants and spent 19 years with them, commencing at a graduate level and becoming a senior accountant and client manager.  In 2016 Helen left Lincolns to “retire” to the farm and become a full time farmer for the first time in her life.

Helen’s interest in Hospice was first sparked while working with Coral Banks, one of the board members during the construction of the first Hospice buildings near the old hospital.  The high profile of the Hospice in the Albany Community together with the firsthand experience of the purpose of Hospice during her Mother’s 6 week stay in the Hospice, before her death in 2019, helped Helen make the decision to offer her services when the position of Treasurer of the Board of Management became vacant.
Michelle Burton

Michelle Burton  –  Secretary

Michelle Burton moved to Albany from Sydney in 2011 with her husband and two young daughters.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Administration, Michelle has been involved in a variety of Management roles over 18 years with Toyota Financial Services, and more recently as Guest Experience Manager and owner alongside her husband Andrew at Albany Toyota.

Michelle has recently joined the Albany Community Hospice Board and has a genuine interest having lost both parents to cancer. She hopes that her involvement in the local business community and the Great Southern Grammar family will allow her to contribute positively to the Hospice and its fundraising activities.

Ingrid Storm

Ingrid Storm

Ingrid Storm grew up in Albany and studied Psychology at Murdoch University in Perth but has spent most of her professional life in Sydney.  She has an Honours degree in Psychology and a Masters in HR Management.  Currently the Clinical Director of a Neurotherapy Clinic in Albany, she has worked as a Psychologist in the Department of Health and in Private Practice and as a Manager in Anglicare NSW and Sydney Lifeline.  For nearly 10 years she worked in a range of large organisations as an Organisational Development Consultant and, more recently, as a University Tutor in Management at UWA Albany Campus.

Ingrid returned to Albany in 2011 with her family. Joining the Board has enabled Ingrid to contribute to an organisation that was born shortly after the death of her brother Michael at the age of 34. The Storm family will always be grateful for the palliative care support they received at this time that allowed Michael to die at home.

Ingrid has had extensive professional and personal experience in the area of loss and grief and can relate to the experiences of people at this significant and vulnerable time. 

Jeanann Barbour

Jeanann Barbour

Jeanann was born and schooled in Kenya and studied physiotherapy at Guy’s Hospital in London. Married Richard soon after qualifying and farmed in Kenya for a few years.  Their farm was bought compulsorily and so they moved to Australia and farmed at Boyup Brook until their farm was again bought compulsorily! They moved to Albany having bought The Action Station Health Squash and Fitness Centre. Jeanann took a keen interest in local community work, was a member of Rotary and was elected President of the Albany Chamber of Commerce, she also taught Fitness Training at TAFE.

After a few years the health club was sold and Jeanann worked in Real Estate and then started an Events Company. During this time, she ran, among other things, the Albany Classic Car event for a few years and was the first coordinator of The Albany Farmers Market.

Jeanann’s husband, Richard, recently died from mesothelioma and her three children and seven grandchildren live mostly overseas and so she is keen to be involved and active in community work especially the Albany Community Hospice.

Paul Nielsen

Paul Nielsen

Paul moved to Albany from New Zealand in 2012 with his family. An experienced local government manager, Paul oversees operation of Albany Public Library, the Vancouver Arts Centre and Town Hall for the City of Albany. He holds Bachelor of Social Sciences and Master of Library & Information Studies degrees and is an Associate Fellow of The Australian Institute of Management WA.

Paul is active within the community, serving on a primary school Council, as well as playing, coaching and supporting school sports. His interest in Hospice stems from his fathers experience as CEO of a hospice in NZ and is excited by the possibilities for Albany Community Hospice at the current stage of its journey.

Dr Jonathan Ramachenderan

Dr Jonathan Ramachenderan

Jonathan is a Palliative Care GP who works with the Great Southern Palliative Care Service. He also practices anaesthesia within the region.

He is passionate about clinical governance and leadership in health, with a deep desire to care for those in the last weeks to months of their lives.

He is graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and also serves as a director on the WA GP Training and Education (WAGPET) board and the Troode Street Christian Church board.

He is married to Kylie and together they parent 3 busy boisterous and beautiful boys.
Georgina Folvig

Georgina Folvig

Georgina moved to Albany in early 2000 after completing a Bachelor of Arts (Cultural Heritage) at Curtin University. Prior to completing her degree, she had extensive administrative experience in both the public and private sector, including 10 years undertaking purchasing and logistics operations in the oil and gas industry. She joined the Department of Planning in Albany in 2000 as a land use planning officer and remained with the department as a Senior Planner and relieving Regional Manager until her retirement at the end of 2016.

Growing up on a pastoral station out of Wiluna, both Georgina’s parents were deeply involved in a wide range of community service roles.  A tradition her mother continued well into her 90s.  The hospice enshrines the community spirit that that Georgina observed in her childhood and retirement has provided the opportunity make a contribution to the community she now calls home.
Lisa-Maree Ellett

Lisa-Maree Ellett

Lisa-Maree moved to Albany with her husband David in 2015. Lisa-Maree was born and grew up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. With a connection to the area through David and his family, they have made this their home. 

With a love of people and healthcare, she studied Nursing, specialising in Intensive Care. After some time in clinical roles Lisa-Maree progressed through the nursing and health corporate ladders in both NSW and WA, to an Executive Director role for Infrastructure and Corporate Services at South Metro Area Health in WA.

In 2007, Lisa-Maree began her consultancy to provide to both public and private clients inside health, education, small business and government. In recent years  she has been the Clinical Planner and Project Manager for major health infrastructure projects, as well as working as a Consultant to the Department of Health Licensing, Accreditation and Regulatory Unit.

Lisa-Maree has owned her own consultancy and other small businesses for many years and now also provided services to SME as a Consultant and Coach as well as her larger consulting clients.

Lisa-Maree has recently joined the Albany Community Hospice Board as she is an advocate of  Volunteering and wishes to be able to utilise her skills to best assists the community in which she lives.

Lisa-Maree shares four stepchildren and two grandchildren with her husband. She enjoys, reading and writing, yoga, meditation, walks with her dog when she isn’t exploring the wonderful outdoors and all things food and wine of the great southern with her husband David. 

Our Mission

Albany Community Hospice is a leader in the provision of expert palliative care, education and support so all members of the community can experience death with grace in a manner and place of their choice.

Our Vision

The community, as individuals and collectively, values and embraces death and dying as an integral part of life.

Our Values

  • Compassion and caring
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Inclusive and judgement free
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Excellence
  • Innovative