Kate Swetenham

Kate Swetenham

Director of Nursing,
End of Life, SA Health

Kate Swetenham

Kate is a registered nurse who is the Director of Nursing for the End of Life Care team in the Department for Health and Wellbeing.

Kate holds qualifications in general nursing, psycho oncology, palliative care and holds a Master of Science where the introduction and implementation of a nurse led palliative care clinic was the focus of her research.

Kate is a member of the Research Centre for Palliative Care Death and Dying at Flinders University and a Board Director for Eldercare Incorporated. Kate is the current president of Palliative Care Nurses Australia.

Kate was awarded a Nursing and Midwifery travel scholarship in 2011 to study Day Hospices and Rapid Response programs and then in 2017 received a Churchill Fellowship to undertake travel to the UK, Ireland and Canada to investigate end of life care strategies.

Kate has been involved in commissioning services to deliver the Comprehensive Palliative Care in Aged Care Measure in South Australia and the Palliative Care Navigation Pilot and has provided clinical leadership to the implementation of voluntary assisted dying.