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 screening in the Macedon Ranges, at Baringo, Gisborne, Saturday 21st October

APLI joins other host organisations across Australia in hosting Dr MR Rajagopal and Hippocratic, the biographical documentary about the life and work of this inspirational leader in palliative care.

We are hosting this event at Baringo, a local cinema and restaurant complex, Gisborne, as a fund and awareness raising event for Pallium India.

Tickets are limited to 30 people due to the size of the cinema.

Odette Spruyt, Hamrahi Coordinator, APLI.

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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