Meet the Project Team

The development of complex projects requires a wide range of expertise. The Advance ProjectTM Team is being led by HammondCare.

The HammondCare Project Team comprises:

Project Director

Josephine Clayton Josephine Clayton MBBS(Hons) FRACP FAChPM PhD
Professor Josephine Clayton is the Chair of the Advisory Group and the Project Director. She is a Palliative Care Physician working for HammondCare, based at Greenwich Hospital in Sydney; Professor of Palliative Care at the University of Sydney and Director of HammondCare’s Centre for Learning & Research in Palliative Care. She has extensive clinical experience in providing palliative care and discussing advance care planning with people with a variety of chronic and debilitating conditions. She leads a research program that aims to improve health professional/patient/family communication in order to enhance palliative and end-of-life care. She is currently contributing to various projects aimed at facilitating earlier consideration of advance care planning and/or palliative and supportive care. Josephine’s research has been published widely in leading international journals in palliative care and oncology, and translated widely into clinical practice. She has a strong interest in teaching communication skills relevant to the care of patients with life limiting illnesses.

Project and Evaluation Coordinator

Srivalli NagarajanSrivalli Vilapakkam Nagarajan BE CertIVTAA MEnggStud EdD
Dr Srivalli Nagarajan is the project coordinator and evaluation officer for the Advance ProjectTM. She has a doctoral degree in education and more than seventeen years of cross-disciplinary teaching and research experience. She has managed several research and education-focussed projects in Allied Health, Education, ICT and Business sectors. She is a very experienced qualitative researcher and has published over twenty peer-reviewed full research papers. Srivalli has extensive project management experience working with a diverse range of stakeholders (industry, Government and University sectors). She has managed various grants and funded projects which achieved successful outcomes, including making direct contributions to policy development and refinements in allied health education and preparation of allied health students for work.

General Practitioner Education Lead

Dr Joel Rhee Joel Rhee BSc(Med) MBBS(Hons) GradCertULT PhD FRACGP
Associate Professor Joel Rhee is a general practitioner with special interest in end-of-life care and advance care planning. Joel has an academic appointment at the University of Wollongong where he is involved in research and teaching of medical students. His PhD examined the role of advance care planning in the Australian primary care context, and his subsequent research has focused on both primary palliative care and advance care planning. Joel works clinically as a GP at the HammondCare Centre for Positive Ageing and Care. He contributes to the Advance ProjectTM by leading the stakeholder engagement with general practice organisations and assisting with the development of educational materials for GPs and registrars.

Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultant

Kelly ArthursJon San Martin RN, BSN, BN (Graduate Entry), GCAdvNur, MACN
Jon is a registered nurse with experience working in residential aged care facilities and the specialist palliative care service. Jon started his nursing career as a care worker in a retirement village before undertaking various roles as a registered nurse in aged care. As the clinical nurse educator in the palliative care unit, Jon led several quality improvement initiatives. He is a mentor for the Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA), an Advance Care Planning facilitator with Decision Assist and a coach for the Person First, Dementia second training. Jon is an Emerging Nurse Leader (ENL) for the Australian College of Nursing (ACN), and supports the Palliative Care Australia's advocacy and the Royal Commission into Aged Care Recommendation that dementia care and palliative care are core business in aged care. 
He is currently working at the HammondCare Centre for Learning & Research in Palliative Care as the Clinical Nurse Consultant for The Advance Project and the HammondCare Quality End-of-Life Care Project in Residential Aged Care.

The CareSearch Project Team is responsible for the development of the website, elearning modules and the online system for survey data collection. The following people are developing these CareSearch resources:

Jennifer Tieman Jennifer Tieman BSc(Hons), MBA, PhD
Professor Jennifer Tieman is a Flinders University Fellow, Dean Research of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the Director of the CareSearch project and website (www.caresearch.com.au). CareSearch is a national project which provides palliative care resources for health professionals and the community. She has a particular interest in the fields of palliative care, digital health and implementation science.

Sue StoeckerSue Stoecker DipAppSc (Nursing), BN, Cert IV (TAA) Educational Designer, CareSearch
Sue Stoecker is the educational designer for the project and is contributing to the development of online learning materials. She is a learning and development consultant and registered nurse, with a background in not-for-profit sectors and nursing management.

Madelaine de Valle Madelaine de Valle  BPsychSc(Hons) Project Officer, CareSearch
Madelaine de Valle is a Psychology Honours graduate working as a research assistant at CareSearch. In her role as project officer for the Advance ProjectTM she has various responsibilities relating to project development, the project website, and the online learning modules.

Ruth Murton Ruth Murton Website Administrator, CareSearch
Ruth Murton is the Web Administrator for CareSearch and is responsible for transferring material into the web environment and systems. Ruth works with our IT partner, Morton Blacketer, on functional issues relating to the various systems in the website.

Heather Grigg Heather Grigg Website Assistant, CareSearch
Heather Grigg is a Web Content Assistant for CareSearch, and manages content editing and data management for the project. Heather has extensive administrative experience in the legal and health systems, including a palliative care clinical research setting.