Australian Palliative Care Conference 2017

Helen Walker


Helen Walker has had and continues to have a varied and interesting career. She is a palliative care nurse and experienced manager in a range of settings. Her current position is NUM Daw House Hospice in Adelaide.

After nearly 20 years in local and state government change management and leadership positions Ms Walker undertook a nursing re-entry program and found her way to palliative care.

Her palliative care experiences have included the Clinical Management role at Mary Potter Hospice, The Director of Nursing/General Manager of Cabrini Palliative Care in Melbourne, a short but rewarding stint at Calvary Bethlehem and now back in Adelaide at Daw House House where they are on the cusp of moving to a new purpose built facility.

Her professional interests are firmly based in the development of responsive and efficient services for people nearing the end of their lives, wherever they may be. Looking through the patient and family experience of compassionate care lens drives her.

Ms Walker believes that as a sector, Palliative Care has much to do in relation to ensuring every Australian wherever they live can access the care they need when and where they need services. Having a strong political voice is vital.

The context in which the sector operates is changing rapidly on several fronts and Ms Walker believes passionately about positioning the sector strategically and sustainably with strength of service value as it moves forward.

The Australian population needs continuing focus on increasing access to services which are flexible and appropriate to their needs. Many will know that Ms Walker has made a strong and consistent commitment to increasing the engagement of the private health fund industry in service provision, for their members, who are nearing the end of life. She wishes to continue this advocacy.

Ms Walker is Deputy Chair of PCSA and sits as a Board member on the PCA Board and the Daw House Hospice Foundation Board.  She continues  to advocate for palliative care service access wherever an opportunity provides itself.