Sarah Rose


I am a registered nurse very excited to be at the beginning of my career in palliative care. I am currently working in community palliative care at Melbourne City Mission in Melbourne.


From my first clinical placements as a student nurse, I knew I wanted to work in palliative  care. In my first two years of nursing I worked at Peter MacCallum Hospital.  I find great fulfillment caring for people at the end of their life    – the very raw and real connection with patients is something I truly value. At Peter MacCallum I was also a member of the Palliative Care Champion Group which further sparked my interest in the area. I then completed a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing Practice in Oncology and Palliative Care at the University of Melbourne.

I have also spent some time working in Intensive Care at The Alfred Hospital.

I have a very keen sense of adventure and am always endeavoring to experience new ways of living and appreciate the World beyond my own. Over the years I have traveled extensively in countries such as Zambia, The Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Nepal and China. In 2008 I lived in the Philippines teaching English to children in the slums of Manila.



I have always had a passion for connecting with others; it brings me so much happiness. Ensuring that human dignity is maintained, even just in small ways, is something that drives me and is very close to my heart. As a child I was brought-up with the mantra “To whom much is given much is expected”, and this has remained at the forefront of everything I do.

I constantly count myself fortunate to have the privilege of sharing and participating in patients’ end-of-life care.

APLI has offered the perfect opportunity to combine my love of travel and nursing with my passion for palliative care and adventure. I hope through building relationships with my colleagues in India over time we can work towards building palliative care for patients in India.

Hippocratic film applauded across Australia

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With only one city remaining in the Australian launch of the biographical documentary, Hippocratic, it is clear that the film has had great impact here.

One important feature has been the opportunity for Q&A after the movie, where audience members have a chance to delve deeper into the issues raised in the film, such as trying to understand the distressing ongoing shortage of morphine, an essential medication in pain management, a shortage that affects over 80% of the world’s population.

This issue alone should galvanise us to action, to demand change and accountability. However, long time advocates in this field know only too well how difficult it is to bring about change and improvements here.

Films such as Hippocratic are too few and APLI thanks Moonshine Movies for their commitment to contributing to change in a creative and positive way.


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Your donations to APLI help in the following ways:

assist with training of doctors and nurses in palliative care practice in developing nations

support nurses to travel and teach as part of Project Hamrahi

help with purchase of critical site resources such as essential equipment and supplies,  medicines and educational materials