Teaching Faculty
Written by Alwin Chan

Training of others to provide palliative care has always been a core aim at Hospis Malaysia. Since 1998, our modular workshops held in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network attract doctors and nurses from all over Malaysia, as well as participants from other countries. The methodology used in our workshops is mainly tutorial-based, practical exercises and offers an interactive teaching experience. The workshops address the core areas of palliative care and is a useful training resource for Malaysia and the region. We have an international teaching faculty with great expertise and teaching experience. 


Name: Jan Phillips 
Palliative Care Nurse Consultant and Educator


Jan Phillips is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing with qualifications encompassing general, palliative care and oncology nursing and a faculty member of the Asia Pacific Hospice and Palliative Care Network (APHN). 

Since 2000, Jan has been a regular visitor to Hospis Malaysia as well as the Rachel House Paediatric Palliative CareTeam in Jakarta, Indonesia. Over more recent times, she has travelled as a faculty member of the Lien Collaborative APHN programmes to both Myanmar and Bangladesh.  Prior to her APHN involvement Jan lived and worked at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Lahore, Pakistan where she assisted in the development of their palliative care service.    

  Name: Dr Ghauri Aggarwal
Palliative Medicine Physician & Head of the Palliative Care Department
Concord Hospital, Sydney, Australia


Dr Ghauri Aggarwal's interests include interface between oncology and palliative medicine, undergraduate and postgraduate education in palliative care, communication skills and ethics and end of life decision making. She has co-authored a few publications on hospital based palliative medicine, pain management and is currently involved in research into end of life care.She has been involved for a number of years with the curriculum development and training of palliative medicine registrars and the strategic development of palliative care in New South Wales.She is the chair of the Sydney Institute of Palliative Medicine. Currently she is involved in teaching and development of palliative care in the Asia-Pacific region

Name: Sumytra Menon
Deputy Director (PACE) and Senior Associate in Research
Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore
Sumy Menon spent her childhood years in Singapore but lived and worked in England for 15 years before returning home. She was called to the English Bar (Lincoln's Inn) after she graduated with an LLM (Commercial and Corporate Law) from Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London, and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Birmingham. Prior to moving back to Singapore, she lived in London where she worked in-house reviewing, negotiating and drafting contractual agreements. She started her teaching career at the NUS Faculty of Law in 2004 in the Legal Skills Programme and on the LLM (International Business Law) Programme.

From 2008-2009, Sumy was appointed as Legal Consultant to the Ministry of Community Development, Youth & Sports to draft the Code of Practice for the new Mental Capacity Act. This sparked a developing interest for her in health law, specifically the law relating to mental capacity and end of life care.

Sumy is a Member of the Joint Steering Committee for Advanced Care Planning where the mandate is to recommend, implement and evaluate policies that pertain to the ACP programme management across the care continuum in all healthcare settings. She has delivered numerous talks and led workshops to train health professionals on the legal and ethical aspects of mental capacity and end of life care. 

  Name: Dr Linda Sheahan, FRACP, FAChPM
Conjoint Lecturer UNSW Medical School
Honorary Associate VELiM
Dr Linda Sheahan is a Palliative Care Physician and Clinical Ethics Consultant for SESLHD. Graduating in medicine with Honours from the University of Sydney in 2000, Linda went on to specialist training in Palliative Medicine, becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians and the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine in 2012. She works as a Staff Specialist in Palliative Care at St George and Calvary Hospitals in Sydney’s south, and is a Conjoint Lecturer with the University of New South Wales medical school.
She has had a longstanding interest in bioethics, undertaking her Honours in Medicine looking at the brain death debate, and completing her Masters in Bioethics through Monash University in 2004 with research into preimplantation genetic screening.  In 2007, she undertook a Fellowship in Clinical and Organisational Ethics with the Joint Centre for Bioethics in Toronto, and has maintained a collaborative role with this group on a number of projects, including Consent for Research in the Paediatric setting, and Living Organ Donation. She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2012 to explore the interface between palliative care and legalised physician assisted suicide and euthanasia, and continues active research in this area in the Australasian context. She is now an Honorary Associate with VELiM as a member of the clinical ethics network.
  Name: Dr Jan Maree Davis
Director of Palliative Care Services
St George Hospital, Sydney, Australia


Dr Jan Maree Davis is an enthusiastic teacher, with a great interest in education & training in palliative medicine. She is the Director of Palliative Care Services at Calvary Hospital Sydney; she is the Area Director of the Palliative Care Services for the South-Eastern Sydney Local Health District (southern sector). She is President of the New South Wales (NSW) Society of Palliative Medicine.

She has played a major role in the design & implementation of the University of New South Wales Medical School curriculum. She is a conjoint lecturer in the UNSW School of Public Health & Community Medicine, and is actively involved in medical student teaching. She has presented at many palliative care conferences within Australia, and internationally. Dr Maree has a great interest in promoting the understanding of palliative care in culturally and linguistically diverse settings. The design and implementation of the End of Life Care Clinical Pathway Project at St George Hospital has been a major work of hers over the past more than ten years.

  Name: Liese Groot-Alberts 


Liese Groot-Alberts is a grief-therapist in private practice, a lecturer, public speaker, clinical supervisor and team-trainer. Her passion is working with people who are dealing with trauma, loss and bereavement. Liese has specialised in conducting training and seminars in trauma, loss, grief and bereavement as well as palliative care and resilience in the workplace. She also conducts public speaking engagements on topics such as: Facilitating Hope, Strengthening Resilience, Mindfulness, Empathy and Compassion. In her speaking presentations she uses images, poetry, humour and music on the topics presented. 

  Name: Dr Susan Marsden


Dr Sue Marsden is a palliative medicine specialist from New Zealand. Over the last 28 years, she has worked in Palliative Medicine New Zealand and Australia in hospital and community settings. Sue was instrumental in the setup of the original palliative care service in Waikato Hospital, New Zealand. She has been a part of the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Organisation facilitating team for Australasia. After Dr Ross’ retirement, similar loss, grief and self-awareness workshops continued and Sue has co-facilitated these in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Zimbabwe and the Philippines. For six years, she was involved in helping to develop a palliative care program at the San Lazaro Hospital, an infectious diseases hospital, in Manila. As part of this programme she played an important role in changing the way patients die with the infectious disease, rabies. This has been reported in the journal ‘Progress in Palliative Care’ and has been the subject of chapters in two books including a  major palliative medicine textbook. In the last 5 years she has also been involved in teaching palliative care in Indonesia and Samoa.

Name: Joan Marston
Chief Executive Officer for the International Children's Palliative Care Network (ICPCN)

Joan Marston is based in South Africa and is presently the Technical Advisor to a project to develop palliative care for children in Malawi and India. Joan’s background is in Nursing and Social Science and she has 23 years of experience in palliative care for children. As the national paediatric development manager for the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa, from 2007 – 2010 Joan and her team developed a strategy for a national network of services, promoting the considerable growth of the number of children’s palliative care services for children in South Africa . During that time she was the project manager for a program to develop children’s palliative care Beacon centers in Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa. In 2005 colleagues from 15 countries established the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN). The ICPCN now has membership in over 100 countries. Joan was part of the group that developed the new Guidelines for Persisting Pain in Children, as well as Guidelines for Disclosure in Children, for The World Health Organisation (WHO). She is a member of the WHO Technical Advisory Group for Palliative Care; and of the UN Social Protection, Care and Support Working Group. Joan is also a board member and trustee of the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA). 

  Name: Dr Anthony Herbert
Clinical Lead and Staff Specialist in Paediatric Palliative Care

Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane, Australia


Dr Anthony Herbert initially trained as a paediatric oncologist, and then completed a Fellowship in palliative care while working within the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. During this time, he developed a particular interest in cancer pain management and the symptom of insomnia in children with life limiting illnesses. Anthony’s research interests include insomnia, tele-health, music therapy and health service research. 
  Name: Associate Professor Dr Amy Chow
Department of Social Work and Social Administration
University of Hong Kong


Dr Amy Chow is a member of the prestigious International Workgroup on Death, Dying and Bereavement; and a fellow in thanatology with the Association of Death Education and Counselling.  She holds a Masters of Social Sciences and a Doctorate in Philosophy. Dr Chow's field of specialisation is in palliative care, grief and bereavement. She has published widely on her area of specialisation. Dr Chow has a deep passion for teaching and has taught widely, both in Hong Kong and internationally. Dr Chow can be considered one of the most established young social work academics in the Asia Pacific region.

  Name: Gilbert Fan
Department of Psychosocial Oncology
National Cancer Centre, Singapore


Gilbert Fan is the president of the Singapore Association of Social Workers. He holds a double degree in labour studies and social work from Canada’s McMaster University. He started the Jumping Over Barriers (JOB) campaign to help cancer patients with interview and resume writing tips, so that they can get back into the job market.

  Name: Associate Professor Meera Agar
Clinical Director of the Palliative Care Service
Braeside Hospital
Dr Agar has substantive involvement in the research and palliative care community. She is the chief investigator and Chair for ImPACCT: “improving palliative care through clinical trials” (NSW palliative care clinical trials collaborative group). CI Agar has several roles as part of the national Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCSCC) - she is the
Chair of the trial management committee, and member of both the scientific committee and Management Advisory Board; and is the site investigator for one of the national clinical sites. She is also the Deputy Chair of the Cancer Institute New South Wales Human Research Ethics Committee and a member of the scientific advisory committee and management executive for the Australian National Cooperative trials group – neurooncology (COGNO). 

  Name: Dr Noreen Chan
Senior Consultant in Palliative Medicine
Department of Haematology-Oncology, NCIS
Director (Policy Analysis & Community Engagement, PACE), Lien Centre for Palliative Care, Duke-NUS Visiting Consultant, Dover Park Hospice

Dr Noreen Chan is based in the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS) where she heads the palliative care service at the National University Hospital. She received her medical training in England, Singapore and Australia, and is a passionate advocate for education and training at all levels. Her other interests include the interface between oncology and palliative care, spiritual care, clinical decision making and ethics at the end of life. Her goal is access to palliative care for all who need it, when and where they want it. 

  Name: Dr Eve Lyn Tan
Palliative Medicine Specialist
Dr Eve Lyn Tan graduated in medicine from the University of New South Wales in 2003 and began formal training in palliative medicine in 2009. She has completed her specialist training in palliative medicine through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and trained in many different hospitals in Sydney including Concord Hospital, Prince of Wales Hospital and Liverpool Hospital in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her interests include palliative management of progressive end-stage organ impairment and practical issues in end-of-life care. She has participated in teaching of undergraduates as well as junior medical doctors. 

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