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.

Michael Hollingworth

Michael Hollingworth

Chair

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Michael is a business coach and facilitator in leadership, change management and strategic planning. While he believes the resources needed should be fully funded by the government, he appreciates how important it is for the whole community to understand, support and be involved in palliative care.
Michael Hollingworth

Michael Hollingworth

Chair

Michael is a business coach and facilitator in leadership, change management and strategic planning. While he believes the resources needed should be fully funded by the government, he appreciates how important it is for the whole community to understand, support and be involved in palliative care.

Lyn Deaman

Lyn Deaman

Treasurer and Public Officer

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After working in country NSW in office admin and bookkeeping, Lyn since retiring has volunteered for various organisations.  Following a personal family contact with palliative care, she joined MVP4P and has also become a palliative-care volunteer through Manning Hospital.
Lyn Deaman

Lyn Deaman

Treasurer and Public Officer

After working in country NSW in office admin and bookkeeping, Lyn since retiring has volunteered for various organisations.  Following a personal family contact with palliative care, she joined MVP4P and has also become a palliative-care volunteer through Manning Hospital.

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.​
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.

Linda Walters

Linda Walters

Executive Committee Member

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Linda is a practising occupational therapist working in aged care and disability. She provides expertise and advice for any palliative-care equipment purchased and donated 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

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

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Jan is a retired pathology technician 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 2018. She now maintains the MVP4P Facebook page and edits our newsletter. Her background is in primary school teaching.
Louise Spence

Louise Spence

Facebook Moderator

Louise was secretary of MVP4P until 2018. She now maintains the MVP4P Facebook page and edits our newsletter. Her background is in primary school teaching.

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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