Kate is the Clinical Director of the Canterbury Integrated Palliative Care Services and a Clinical Senior Lecturer with the University of Otago. She established the Christchurch Hospital Palliative Care Service in 1999 and has an ongoing leadership role at the Nurse Maude Hospice.
Kate was President of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine (RACP) between 2006 and 2009, Chair of the Palliative Care Council of NZ for 6 years until 2014 and Chair of the Palliative Care Workstream (part of the South Island Alliance) for over 4 years until February this year. She is a member of the Advance Care Planning Steering group with the Health Quality Safety Commission.
Kate is passionate about quality, education and improving clinician-patient communication.