Project Team

The development of complex projects requires a wide range of expertise. The Advance Project Team is being led by HammondCare.

The HammondCare Project team comprises:

Project Director

Josephine Clayton Josephine Clayton MBBS(Hons) FRACP FAChPM PhD
Josephine Clayton is the Advance Project Director and Chair of the Advisory Group. She is a Palliative Care Physician working for HammondCare, based at Greenwich and Royal North Shore Hospitals in Sydney, and Associate Professor of Palliative Care at the University of Sydney. She has extensive clinical experience in providing palliative care and discussing advance care planning with people with a variety of chronic and debilitating conditions. She leads a research program that aims to improve health professional/patient/family communication in order to enhance palliative and end-of-life care. She is currently contributing to various projects aimed at facilitating earlier consideration of advance care planning and/or palliative and supportive care. Josephine’s research has been published widely in leading international journals in palliative care and oncology, and translated into clinical practice. She has a strong interest in teaching communication skills relevant to the care of patients with life limiting illnesses.

Project Coordinator

Jennifer Gavin Jennifer Gavin RN MHlthMgmt
Jennifer Gavin is the full time Project Coordinator. She is a registered nurse with extensive clinical and management experience in a variety of healthcare settings. Jennifer has worked for HammondCare for the past 8 years. She also has extensive project management as well as educational development experience, with a Masters in Health Management.

Palliative Care Nurse Educator/Mentor

Jolan Stokes Jolan Stokes RN
Jolan Stokes is the full time Palliative Care Nurse Educator and Mentor for the Advance Project. She is a registered nurse with many years clinical experience in a variety of healthcare settings, including specialist palliative care. She has graduate certificates in cancer nursing and management. She has extensive experience in mentoring nurses and delivering education to a wide variety of health professionals at both a local and national level. Jolan has also completed formal training in delivering communication skills training to nurses and medical students.


The CareSearch Project Team is responsible for the development of the website, elearning modules and the online system for survey data collection. The following people are developing these CareSearch resources:
Jennifer Tieman Jennifer Tieman BSc(Hons), MBA, PhD
Associate Professor Jennifer Tieman is a Flinders University researcher and the Director of the CareSearch project and website ( CareSearch is a national project which provides palliative care resources for health professionals and the community. She has a particular interest in the fields of palliative care, digital health and implementation science.
Ruth Murton Ruth Murton Website Administrator, CareSearch
Ruth Murton is the Web Administrator for CareSearch and is responsible for transferring material into the web environment and systems. Ruth works with our IT partner, Morton Blacketer, on functional issues relating to the various systems in the website.
Karen Cooper Karen Cooper BSc(Hons) PhD
Karen Cooper worked with CareSearch to develop the online education modules for this project. Karen’s major interest is in providing education to health care professionals. She has developed online education modules in the areas of palliative care and oncology. She has managed many national projects in the area of health education, primarily in palliative care and aged care.

Other Team Members

Dr Srivalli Nagarajan Srivalli Vilapakkam Nagarajan BE CertIVTAA MEnggStud EdD
Dr Srivalli Nagarajan is the postdoctoral evaluation officer for the Advance Project. She has a doctoral degree in education and more than sixteen years of cross-disciplinary teaching and research experience. She has managed several research and education projects in Allied Health, Education, ICT and Business sectors. She is a very experienced qualitative researcher and has published over twenty peer-reviewed full research papers.
Anne Livingstone Ann Livingstone RN, MHSM, GradDipHlthEcon
Ann Livingstone is the Economic Evaluator working alongside A/Prof Rachael Morton, Director of Health Economics at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney. Ann brings 13 years of program management and clinical trials experience, with over 20 years in health care including oncology nursing. Recently Ann completed her Graduate Diploma in Health Economics at Monash University.
Virginia Lewis Virginia Lewis BA(Hons) MA PhD
Associate Professor Virginia Lewis is the Evaluation Consultant for the project. She is the Director of the Australian Institute for Primary Care & Ageing (AIPCA) and Head of the Centre for Health Systems Development, at La Trobe University, Melbourne. A/Prof Lewis is a health services researcher and evaluator with more than 25 years of experience. She has a particular interest in applied research in the areas of primary health, mental health, and healthy ageing, with a focus on evaluation of policies and programs implemented within complex systems. She is frequently commissioned to work with organisations who wish to develop robust, program-logic or theory-based frameworks that can be used for ongoing strategic development as well as evaluation and monitoring. A/Prof Lewis has extensive experience in quantitative and qualitative methods, with a particular interest in psychometrics. She is the external Evaluation Consultant for the Advance Project.
Skye Dong Skye Dong BPsych(Hons) PhD
Dr Skye Dong is a casual Evaluation Officer for the Advance Project. She also works part time as a clinical psychologist in the acute spinal injury unit at Royal North Shore Hospital. She was recently awarded her PhD titled “Symptom clusters in advanced cancer: a mixed- methods investigation”. Skye has expertise in mixed methods health service research, including both qualitative and quantitative research skills that will be required for the evaluation of the Advance Project. 

Last updated 23 March 2017