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The interdisciplinary team based Mt Druitt Supportive and Palliative Care Unit includes several members with developing research interests in aspects of end-of-life care, life-limiting illness, carer experiences, psychosocial issues and bereavement.


Our People

  • Suzanne Coller (BNursing, MClinNursing, GradCertClinEd) Clinical Nurse Consultant. Currently undertaking research in regard to specialist palliative care nurses, working with Western Sydney University under the mentorship of Dr. Stacy Blythe. Is a member of the WSLHD research committee.
  • Anne May (Grad Cert Health Promotion, Cert Palliative Care Nursing, Master of Social Science, Social Policy, BNS, ADSW, RN) is the Clinical Nurse Educator at BMDH Supportive & Palliative Care Unit. Anne has undertaken clinical roles and case management in both community and inpatient settings including a background in community development, health promotion, education and training.
  • Kristin Bindley (BA, BSW (Hons), Grad Cert Grief, Loss and Trauma Counselling) is the Bereavement Counsellor for Supportive & Palliative Care across WSLHD, with over ten years clinical experience in this role and a background as a social worker. Kristin worked as a research officer for the University of Notre Dame in 2016-17 on a study of experiences of care, grief, trauma and adjustment in the context of expected and unexpected death, and is currently a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney.

Current Research

  • Suzanne Coller, Anne May: ‘How does the specialist palliative nurse contribute to the care of patients and their families?’
  • Kristin Bindley: ‘Experiences of social welfare policy in post-caring at end of life in Western Sydney’ - current PhD study


Publications and Reports

Bindley, K., May, A., Pavlek, W., Coller, S., Kalkandis, P. and Dalgleish, T. (2018). Navigating the liminal space: trauma, transition and connection in bereaved carers’ experiences of specialist palliative care in western Sydney. Journal of Social Work in End of Life and Palliative Care, 14 (2-3), 225-239. doi:10.1080/15524256.2018.1495140

Coller, S and Blythe, S. (2018). The importance of the specialist palliative care nurse. Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal, 25(6),43.


Selected conference presentations

Bindley, K., Lewis, J., DiGiacomo, M. and Travaglia, J. (accepted for oral presentation July 2019) ‘Experiences of social and structural inequity in bereavement following life-limiting illness: a scoping review.’ International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, York, UK

Mowll, J., Bindley, K., Sanderson, C., Macleod, R. and Lobb, E. (2017) ‘'I'll Never Stop Having Flashbacks of that for the Rest of my Life:' Experiences of Trauma in Palliative Care’ Oral Presentation, World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care, Madrid

Bindley, K., May, A., Pavlek, W., Coller, S., Kalkandis, P., Dalgleish, T. and Van Leeuwen, M. (2016) ‘Amplifying Carer Voices: The Carer Experiences of Palliative Care Study’, Poster Presentation
21st International Congress on Palliative Care, Montreal


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