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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.

Michelle McClure, BSc(Nursing) (Honours), Mast.HMQL

Michelle McClure, BSc(Nursing) (Honours), Mast.HMQL  –  Hospice Manager

Michelle started her career as an Enrolled Nurse and then later completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with 1st class Honours. Since 1999 Michelle has worked in the community and not for profit sector. In 2013 she completed her Masters in Health Management, Quality and Leadership.

Michelle worked as a Case Co-ordinator for Silver Chain Hospice Care Service for 7 years before moving in to a Business Development and management role. Michelle left Silver Chain in 2012 to take up a senior management role with the South West Medicare Local which expanded and enriched her knowledge of primary health care.

Michelle has been involved in research; managed projects; and participated on reference groups nationally and at a state level. In May 2014 Michelle joined Albany Community Hospice bringing together her passion for Palliative Care and management.

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.

David Halstead

David Halstead  –  Vice Chair Person

David has lived and worked in Regional Australia for the last 15 years. He has an honours degree in Economics and has worked in Economics and Finance for the last 11 years. David has worked regionally in Merredin, Narrogin and Albany and provides financial solutions to the agribusiness sector. Having lived and worked in small regional towns, David understands the importance of community and the need for strong engaged and committed volunteers. David is currently an Independent Public School Board Member and was previously a board member at Narrogin primary School.

The Hospice is very close to David’s heart and he is committed to ensuring that it will be continue to provide an exceptional quality of care to its patients and their families for many years to come. David lives in Albany and is married with three young children.

Diana Currie

Diana Currie  –  Treasurer

Diana Currie completed a Bachelor of Business Major Accounting, in Perth in 1981.

The family spent some years in the wheat belt town of Moora, before moving to Albany in 1998.

Diana has had extensive experience in small business and not-for profits, most recently as the Business Manager for 15 years of an Independent School in Albany. Diana assisted with the management of the day to day operations of the School, as well as the extensive building program and the management of Government grants and loans resulting in a highly successful and well-resourced organisation. Passionate about the NFP sector, budgets, HR and risk management are some of the many specialised areas within Diana's capabilities.

Currently Diana works part-time between Lincolns Accountants as the Internal Accountant, consults to Independent Schools in the Great Southern and works for a small business in the hospitality area, in Albany.

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  –  Board Member

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