Graduating from a New Zealand university with a secondary English teaching qualification, Lana Glogowski taught in the classroom for a short while before pursuing other opportunities. Over the following decades she worked in a broad range of community development operational and management positions in the not-for-profit sector as well as with state and federal government. Ten years ago she established her own consulting business which has flourished over that time, honing her commercial skill and further developing her project management expertise.
Other leadership roles have included one term as a local government councillor and five years as the president of a major sporting club.
Introduced to the palliative care sector via her consultancy business, Lana took up the executive officer position four years ago and while it has been a steep learning curve she has thrived on the opportunity to grow Palliative Care WA. Under her leadership the organisation has diversified its strategic priorities while maintaining its core business as the peak body within the palliative care sector. Lana has revelled in the opportunity to lead the CEO Roundtable on Palliative Care, deliver community-based workshops on Advanced Care Planning and engage with traditional media to increase awareness and understanding of palliative care.
With a partner and three almost-adult children, Lana has a busy home life which includes coaching an adult netball team and as many visits to the gym as she can fit in.
Vicki Barry was appointed to PCWA’s business development portfolio in March 2016. She is an accomplished professional with extensive leadership and operational management experience across government, corporate, health and community sectors. She has held senior management roles at headspace Joondalup, UnitingCare West, City of Wanneroo and Diabetes WA.
In her current role, the challenge is to expand PCWA’s membership, and its supporter and revenue base to ensure the organisation’s sustainability and relevance to the palliative care sector. A system-designs thinker, she is quick to assimilate information, generate ideas and connect people to create opportunities. Using these strengths, she continues to develop multisectoral networks and strategic partnerships to fund and deliver projects vital to ensuring equitable access to quality palliative care based on need, not prognosis and life expectancy.
Vicki has a Master of Leadership and Management (Curtin University) and is a graduate of the Centre for Social Impact (University of Western Australia). She is keen to imbue social value and responsibility so that death and dying is everyone’s business. She is a champion of the development of Compassionate Communities in WA and is a proponent of advance care planning. In her effort to raise awareness and encourage people to talk about death and dying, she has hosted the Perth Death Café since 2014.
Working part-time, Vicki balances many roles and projects including that of carer for her partner who is living with younger onset dementia.
Cait Calcutt has 20 years’ experience working with non-government community organisations, primarily in the area of women’s health, as an advocate and manager.
From 1999 – 2013 Cait was the coordinator and strategic relations manager of Children by Choice, an unplanned pregnancy counselling, information and education service based in Queensland. She has held a range of Board positions and advisory roles with non-government organisations including the Queensland Domestic Violence Resource Centre, the Australian Reproductive Health Alliance and Marie Stopes Australia.
In her role as PCWA project officer Cait coordinates the Advance Care Planning Community Workshop Project. This state-wide program delivers interactive community workshops to support Western Australians to engage in advance care planning conversations and put their end-of-life preferences in writing. Cait also provides organisational support and is responsible for member and supporter communications, and social media. She coordinates PCWA’s National Palliative Care Week activities.
Cait brings direct health consumer and carer experience her role at PCWA She was the carer for her partner for 10 years who lived with a number of chronic illnesses and cancers until his death in 2014.