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Dr Davinia Seah


Dr Davinia Seah has been the secretary of APLI since 2015 and is a palliative care physician at St Vincent’ Hospital, Sydney. She has been involved in keeping the APLI membership up-to-date, and provides administrative support to the APLI chairperson.

Davinia did most of her medical training in Melbourne, Australia, but pursued a Masters of Public Health at Harvard University, Boston. Her interest in research nurtured at the Dana-Faber Cancer Institute where she was a research fellow, and she is now pursuing a PhD at the University of Technology Sydney, examining health care utilisation at the end of life.

Davinia has been passionate about palliative care education and raising awareness of the importance of meeting the needs of patients at the end of their lives in developing countries, with a special interest in India.

Assoc.Prof Odette Spruijt


Assoc.Prof Odette Spruijt has been a founding member of the APLI executive since 1996. Under her leadership, APLI Project Hamrahi was awarded the Palliative Care Australia Inaugural Innovation in Palliative Care Award, in 2015. Her initial inspiration for APLI came from Dr Jan Stjernswald of WHO Cancer and Palliative Care who urged palliative care providers to get out and ‘apply’ their knowledge to improve the care of patients in need across the world.

Odette has more than 28 years experience in palliative medicine, in the UK, Australia and India, much of which as Director of Palliative Care at Peter Mac Cancer Centre.  She is a past president of the Australian New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine.  She has been active in research, nationally and internationally, and participated as a mentor in the PC- PAICE/EQUIP quality improvement program in India 2018-2020. She completed her PhD, Lancaster University, UK, in 2020, in which she explored the experiences of palliative care doctors in the relief of patients’ suffering in Australia and India.

AProf/Dr Marianne Phillips


AProf/Dr Marianne Phillips is a Paediatric & Adolescent Oncologist and Palliative Care Physician and joined the APLI Executive in 2019.  Currently working at Perth Children’s Hospital, she advocates for the inclusion of palliative care for all children. She is a Board member of the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) and member of Palliative Care in Humanitarian Aid Situations & Emergencies Network (PalChase) ensuring advocacy, awareness, education and training to help meet the palliative and end of life needs of children affected by life-limiting illness, humanitarian disasters and mass casualty incidents globally.

Marianne is an executive member of Paediatric Palliative Care Australia & New Zealand (PaPCANZ) and a member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians End-of-Life working group. She lectures at both Notre Dame University and The University of Western Australia and conducts international collaborative research in the field of paediatric palliative care symptom management including carer needs. She has previously spent time volunteering and teaching in Africa; Romania and Indonesia and is currently a Paediatric Palliative Care Advisor for Medecins Sans Frontiers.

Jane MacKintosh


Jane MacKintosh is a Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultant working on the Central Coast of New South Wales with a particular interest in education and improving end of life care in all settings. She has a Masters in Palliative Care from Flinders University. She has been a member of APLI since 2014 and joined the executive in 2018.

Jane has worked in Specialist Palliative Care roles in Australia and New Zealand since 1998, across acute hospital consultancy, inpatient hospice and community services. In the 1990’s, she spent 7 years in Tanzania, East Africa working alongside a team providing care for people with HIV AIDS. In recent years she has been a Project Hamrahi mentor in North Eastern and North Western India.

Rachel Coghlan


Rachel Coghlan joined the APLI Executive in 2019. She is a public health professional with 20 years post-qualification experience gained in clinical practice, and in international public health research, policy and advocacy. Rachel is currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy at the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership, Deakin University. Her research is exploring the place of palliative care in humanitarian emergencies and crises, with a focus on armed conflict settings. She is passionate about improving access to quality care for seriously ill and dying people experiencing war, displacement, disaster or epidemics.

Rachel has practiced as a physiotherapist in neurological rehabilitation and palliative care in Australia and the United Kingdom. She has also held senior policy roles within international development and humanitarian organisations including World Vision International, Save the Children and The Fred Hollows Foundation.

Rachel currently works as a palliative care physiotherapist at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem in Melbourne. She is a researcher with the Palliative Nexus research group at the University of Melbourne and St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. Rachel is an Executive Member of the Palliative Care in Humanitarian Aid Situations and Emergencies (PalCHASE) network; and a member of the Australian COVID-19 Palliative Care Working Group.

Chris Waples


Chris Waples has been the Treasurer of APLI since 2015. He is a practicing Chartered Accountant and business adviser. He lives and works in Adelaide.

Chris is Managing Director of Bartons Chartered Accountants & Wealth Advisors. He advises an extensive client base of medical professionals, and in that capacity supports a wide range of his clients’ philanthropic causes. It was in this context he was introduced to APLI.

Chris has been impressed by the passion of the palliative care professionals involved with APLI, and seeks to support the organization’s commercial and financial requirements through his and his firm’s resources.

John Haberecht


John Haberecht is Director of Learning and Development at Queensland Health’s Centre for Palliative Care Research & Education, and President of Palliative Care Queensland. He is particularly interested in online learning. He has worked in Specialist Palliative Care nursing roles in south-east Queensland in the acute and community sectors and has taught at Australian Catholic University and Queensland University of Technology.

John has been a member of the APLI Executive since 2019, and a Project Hamrahi mentor in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

Yamin Myat Aye


Yamin Myat Aye has been an APLI member since 2016. She was born and raised in Myanmar. She graduated in 2000 from Institute of Medicine 2 Yangon. After working for 7 years in Myanmar, she migrated to Perth.

Yamin completed her physician training here in Australia and started working as a Palliative Care Physician in 2017 at Kalamunda Hospital. Due to her background of coming from a developing country, she is keen to work with doctors from developing countries who are interested in Palliative Care.

Joan Ryan


Joan is a Palliative Care Nurse Consultant at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Sydney.

She has vast clinical experience across multiple settings and is a longstanding and proud member of Australasian Palliative Care Link International.

Joan’s interest in Palliative Care education in poorly resourced nations originated when she was invited to conduct nursing workshops in the Republic of Nauru, 2002. At that time Nauru was supporting a large refugee population sparking a strong interest around the interface between nursing and the humanitarian context.  As a Psychology/ Anthropology graduate Joan’s interest blossomed globally providing education in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste and more recently as a member of a small Project Hamrahi team visiting Cachar Cancer and Research Hospital, Assam, India.

Joan has presented at the Asian Pacific Conferences, Montreal Palliative Care Congress, and also back home in Australia, raising awareness of APLI  mentorship program and focusing on the power storytelling and human connectedness.

In 2019  Joan was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in recognition for her contribution to Palliative Care Nursing.

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