About Us

How we began

A grassroots initiative.

​Manning Valley Push 4 Palliative was formed as a result of requests made by the medical community – especially hospital and community health nursing teams – to Judy Hollingworth. Now its chair, Judy called a public meeting in Taree about palliative care. She invited health practitioners, individuals, businesses and organisations. She distributed posters from Harrington to Old Bar, asking shops and venues to display them and tell their customers.

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Judy’s commitment to palliative care resulted from her experience caring for her terminally ill sister, who died in Canberra in 2013. Palliative-care specialists and nurses in Canberra, Sydney and Taree urged Judy to launch a community initiative. They said the Manning Valley, like many regional areas, needed much better treatment and more resources for its palliative-care patients and their carers.

With the guidance of Dr. Yvonne McMaster OAM, who has successfully lobbied the NSW Government for many years as “Push For Palliative”, Judy’s grassroots approach worked! Her public meeting, held in July 2015, was attended by 110 people. They overwhelmingly voted to form a community group to boost awareness and resources for palliative care in the area.

In 2016, the year after its formation, doctors, nurses and other health-care providers gave MVP4P their encouragement and moral support. They helped formulate a detailed, longer-term strategy that most closely fit palliative patients’ needs. A group of 16 medical practitioners and nurses twice met at length with MVP4P to help them fine-tune their objectives and activities.

From its grassroots beginnings, MVP4P now has a membership of more than 55, an executive committee of 10 and two working groups.

Manning Valley Push 4 Palliative was formed as a result of requests made by the medical community – especially hospital and community health nursing teams – to Judy Hollingworth. Now its chair, Judy called a public meeting in Taree about palliative care. She invited health practitioners, individuals, businesses and organisations. She distributed posters from Harrington to Old Bar, asking shops and venues to display them and tell their customers.

Judy’s commitment to palliative care resulted from her experience caring for her terminally ill sister, who died in Canberra in 2013. Palliative-care specialists and nurses in Canberra, Sydney and Taree urged Judy to launch a community initiative. They said the Manning Valley, like many regional areas, needed much better treatment and more resources for its palliative-care patients and their carers.

With the guidance of Dr. Yvonne McMaster OAM, who has successfully lobbied the NSW Government for many years as “Push For Palliative”, Judy’s grassroots approach worked! Her public meeting, held in July 2015, was attended by 110 people. They overwhelmingly voted to form a community group to boost awareness and resources for palliative care in the area.

In 2016, the year after its formation, doctors, nurses and other health-care providers gave MVP4P their encouragement and moral support. They helped formulate a detailed, longer-term strategy that most closely fit palliative patients’ needs. A group of 16 medical practitioners and nurses twice met at length with MVP4P to help them fine-tune their objectives and activities.

From its grassroots beginnings, MVP4P now has a membership of more than 55, an executive committee of 10 and two working groups.

The Charter of Manning Valley Push 4 Palliative:

Our purpose is to: 

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1. Raise community awareness of palliative care
2.

Advocate for the better resourcing of palliative care by governments so the members of the Manning Valley community are able to ♦ access palliative care as early as required in the course of a life-limiting condition ♦ live as well as possible for the entire duration of the condition ♦ die in a place of their choice

3. Advocate for the sufficient provision of the following personnel to provide a full range of palliative care services in the Manning Valley community, ♦ palliative care nurses             ♦ allied health workers – social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists ♦ specialist palliative physicians to be accessed within the community including aged care facilities and the Manning Rural Referral Hospital
4. Fundraise to assist patients and their families to access additional  resources  or services such as ♦ ancillary services ♦ the cost of medications ♦ the cost of emergency accommodation ♦ the provision, storage and supply of equipment. Appropriate resources and services will be determined by the patient’s life-limiting illness, and agreed to by the committee of Manning Valley Push 4 Palliative.

The Charter of Manning Valley Push 4 Palliative:

Our purpose is to:

1. Raise community awareness of palliative care
2. Advocate for the better resourcing of palliative care by governments so the members of the Manning Valley community are able to
♦  access palliative care as early as required in the course of a life-limiting condition
♦  live as well as possible for the entire duration of the condition
♦  die in a place of their choice
3. Advocate for the sufficient provision of the following personnel to provide a full range of palliative care services in the Manning Valley community,
♦  palliative care nurses
♦  allied health workers – social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists
♦  specialist palliative physicians to be accessed within the community including aged care facilities and the Manning Rural Referral Hospital
4. Fundraise to assist patients and their families to access additional  resources  or services such as
♦  ancillary services
♦  the cost of medications
♦  the cost of emergency accommodation
♦  the provision, storage and supply of equipment.Appropriate resources and services will be determined by the patient’s life-limiting illness, and agreed to by the committee of Manning Valley Push 4 Palliative.

Who We Are

Below are the current members of the executive committee. A large number of other members are instrumental in the work we do.  You might see them represented in the photos on the events page.

Judy Hollingworth

Judy Hollingworth

Chairperson

Founder and chairperson, Judy launched MVP4P at the invitation of local palliative care doctors, nurses and the community. She was a board member of the national peak body Palliative Care Australia 2016-2019. Judy has been trained extensively in palliative care volunteering and in broader spiritual care in hospital and aged care settings. She works as a spiritual care practitioner in Anglican Care’s aged care residential facilities in Taree.

Michael Hollingworth

Michael Hollingworth

Convenor Advocacy and Awareness Raising Group

Michael is a facilitator in leadership, change management and strategic planning, and a business coach and mindfulness teacher. He believes the provision of palliative care should be appreciated and supported by the whole community, while being fully funded by the government.

Simon Brown

Simon Brown

Treasurer

Founder and chairperson, Judy launched MVP4P at the invitation of local palliative care doctors, nurses and the community. She was a board member of the national peak body Palliative Care Australia 2016-2019. Judy has been trained extensively in palliative care volunteering and in broader spiritual care in hospital and aged care settings. She works as a spiritual care practitioner in Anglican Care’s aged care residential facilities in Taree.

Robyn Jenkins

Robyn Jenkins

Secretary

Robyn is currently secretary for MVP4P. She spent almost 30 years in the Australian Public Service and lived and worked in several countries overseas.

Since retiring to the Manning Valley she has been involved in a number of community organisations, including a stint on Greater Taree City Council (2012-2016).

Robyn Lee

Robyn Lee

Member of Executive Committee

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Robyn joined MVP4P as a member of the executive committee. Robyn’s background is as a Language Literacy and Numeracy Teacher at TAFE in Taree, which included working with people from Aboriginal and diverse cultural and language backgrounds.
Robyn Lee

Robyn Lee

Executive Committee Member

Robyn joined MVP4P as a member of the executive committee. Robyn’s background is as a Language Literacy and Numeracy Teacher at TAFE in Taree, which included working with people from Aboriginal and diverse cultural and language backgrounds.

Dusty Walkom

Dusty Walkom

Executive Committee Member

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Dusty brings specialist nursing skills in paediatrics and midwifery, having trained in the UK. She is patron of Manning Regional Gallery and a member of Rotary Club Taree on Manning. She has become an advocate encouraging conversation and change in the important areas of palliative care and the end-of-life experience.
Dusty Walkom

Dusty Walkom

Executive Committee Member

Dusty brings specialist nursing skills in paediatrics and midwifery, having trained in the UK. She is patron of Manning Regional Gallery and a member of Rotary Club Taree on Manning. She has become an advocate encouraging conversation and change in the important areas of palliative care and the end-of-life experience.

Lyn Stewart

Lyn Stewart

Public Officer

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Lyn is the Public Officer for Manning Valley Push 4 Palliative Inc, and has overseen the governance tasks necessary to set up and develop and achieve the organisation’s values, aims and objectives.
Lyn Stewart

Lyn Stewart

Public Officer

Lyn is the Public Officer for Manning Valley Push 4 Palliative Inc, and has overseen the governance tasks necessary to set up and develop and achieve the organisation’s values, aims and objectives.

Linda Walters

Linda Walters

Executive Committee Member

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Linda is a practising occupational therapist working in aged care and disability. Linda is a member of the Executive Committee and provides expertise and advice for any equipment purchased by MVP4P.
Linda Walters

Linda Walters

Executive Committee Member

Linda is a practising occupational therapist working in aged care and disability. Linda is a member of the Executive Committee and provides expertise and advice for any equipment purchased by MVP4P.

Jan Everingham

Jan Everingham

Coordinator Fund Raising Group

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Jan is a retired pathology technician, who is from a local Taree family. She is also a member of the Manning Regional Art Gallery, and is the membership secretary of Friends of the Gallery.
Jan Everingham

Jan Everingham

Coordinator Fund Raising Group

Jan is a retired pathology technician, who is from a local Taree family. She is also a member of the Manning Regional Art Gallery, and is the membership secretary of Friends of the Gallery.

Louise Spence

Louise Spence

Facebook Moderator

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Louise was secretary of MVP4P until November 2018. She now maintains the MVP4P Facebook page and edits our newsletter. Her background is in primary school teaching, and she was a volunteer in Early Intervention child-care and Manning Support Services.
Louise Spence

Louise Spence

Facebook Moderator

Louise was secretary of MVP4P until November 2018. She now maintains the MVP4P Facebook page and edits our newsletter. Her background is in primary school teaching, and she was a volunteer in Early Intervention child-care and Manning Support Services.

Our Accomplishments

MVP4P members and their supporters are busy throughout the year with fundraising,  awareness-raising and advocacy activities. This has led to recognition and awards for our work.

Annual Garden Party

MVP4P held its fourth annual major fundraiser at Eugene and Marie O’Neill’s beautiful Bohnock property on the Manning River in May, raising over $12,000.

NAIDOC Week

At NAIDOC Week in July: MVP4P’s colourful marquee was set up for members to meet with indigenous health and community members, offering support for their palliative-care needs.

Old Bar raises the garage bar

MVP4P once again set up its stand as part of Old Bar’s multi-garage sale in September. We raised $3000 on the day from the sale of many many small items. 

Community Awards

MVP4P chair Judy Hollingworth was named Senior Person of the Year in the Myall Lakes electorate’s community awards, awarded by MP Stephen Bromhead, in October.  As well, the MVP4P group itself was a finalist in the Community Group of the Year.

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