The Project Team

Patsy Yates

Director, Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education (CPCRE)
Executive Dean, Faculty of Health, QUT

Distinguished Professor Patsy Yates AM

Patsy is jointly appointed as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health at Queensland University of Technology, and Director for Queensland Health’s Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education, a statewide service that was established to enhance palliative care services in Queensland through education and research. As Director for the Centre, Patsy leads a range of programs focused on developing workforce capacity in palliative care, researching priority issues in palliative care, and strengthening the nexus between research, policy and practice.

Kylie Ash

National PCC4U Project Manager

Kylie Ash

Kylie is a Registered Nurse with experience in clinical and education roles in oncology and haematology practice settings. Kylie has been involved in a number of large national workforce development projects to improve the intersection of health education and evidence based practice with health policy. Kylie is engaged actively with professional organisations and committed to promotion of best practice professional workforce issues in health. Kylie achieved a Masters of Nursing (Cancer Nursing) from QUT in 2008.


Learning and Development Coordinator

Sharon Wetzig

Sharon is an experienced educator and clinician, with a strong background leading and working with interprofessional teams. She has worked in university, Registered Training Organisations and private sector education. Sharon is committed to improving quality in healthcare by supporting the healthcare workforce to improve professionalism, leadership, communication, cultural-responsiveness and teamwork.


Learning and Development Coordinator

Karen Wynne

Karen is a Registered Nurse with experience in critical care nursing and clinical education in both the hospital and university settings. Karen has a Master’s in Nursing and Post Graduate qualifications specialising in Clinical Teaching, Intensive Care Nursing and Higher Education. Karen is committed to ensuring quality experiences for both the educator and the learner to help foster an engagement with learning that is lifelong. Karen believes strongly in the power of simulation elevating the learning and teaching experience and is dedicated to working with the team to provide exceptional resources that support the palliative approach.

Senior Research Assistant

Joanna Rego PhD

Joanna has a significant teaching and research experience in the area of health care management as she worked in various professional capacities both in Australia and abroad. She made a significant contribution to major research projects that have influenced change in policy and practice in health care sectors. Her research aims at the design, delivery, and evaluation of health care services with a primary focus on workforce issues. Her expertise will contribute to the evaluation of models of health care delivery and ensure sustainability of the proposed models.

David Klug

Senior Research Assistant

David Klug

David’s contribution to the project team is in the provision of statistical analysis, data management and research support. He completed a Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology at QUT where he learnt advanced statistics and research methodologies. He is recognised for his data knowledge and skills, and is especially proficient using programs such as Excel and SPSS to interrogate data. He has previously worked in data management, research and project roles at other universities and Autism Queensland.

ELDAC Workforce Development Project Manager | Acting IPEPA National Manager

Christy Hunt

Christy has extensive experience in clinical and operational management of large Primary Health Care organisations. As the previous General Manager for TasTAFE has a strong background in leadership and educational delivery within the Vocational Education and Training (VET) setting. Christy has a special interest in developing workforce innovations that promote nursing and care staff to work within the full scope of their practice, developing skills to become champions of learning in their own setting.