Appointment of a Clinical Hospice Manager
When: 26/07/2019 12:00am
Albany Community Hospice has entered a new chapter in its history with the recruitment of a new Clinical Hospice Manager. The Hospice Board of Management recognised that the range of management responsibilities and specialist skills required for a small private hospital with a specific palliative focus were complex, so it took an extended and rigorous recruitment process to find the right person. The Board is pleased and excited to announce that it has appointed Ms Fiona Jane to the role.
Ms Jane Mouritz, Chairperson of the Board, welcomed her enthusiastically saying: “Many in the community have commended her excellent palliative support and compassion and it is reassuring to know that such values fit well with those of Hospice.” Fiona takes over from Mrs Ingrid Plug who has been acting in the position for the past three months.
Fiona has worked as a nurse, researcher and palliative care support coordinator in the Great Southern region and she comes with outstanding references from professional colleagues. She has extensive experience in community/palliative care nursing in the Denmark community with WA Country Health, and as the Cancer Council WA’s Cancer Support Coordinator for the Great Southern region has provided psychosocial/emotional and practical support to people whose lives have been affected by a cancer diagnosis.
She has worked with Dr Kirsten Auret in research to promote Advanced Care Planning and facilitated discussions in line with patients’ preferences for care at the end of their lives. She brings a broad set of clinical skills and experience and has built solid relationships with local hospital and community networks.
The Board has full confidence that Fiona Jane will lead our community facility and the wonderful team of nurses, support staff and volunteers well. Fiona said “I look forward to joining the team at the Albany Community Hospice to build strong working relationships with all staff and team members, volunteers, community stakeholders, patients and their families. My aim is to help people who are affected by a life limiting disease receive the care they need and live life as fully as possible.”