Fiona McLeod – Australian Nurse Practitioner
After completing training in nursing at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne in 1986, Fiona continued to grow her knowledge of nursing by adopting a pattern of life long learning and in 2014 Fiona was endorsed by AHPRA to practice as Nurse Practitioner. Completing a Masters of Advanced Nursing Practice Palliative Care at The University of Melbourne. Fiona is passionate about the care of people living with chronic disease and life limiting illness and has spent the last 25 years of her career devoted to palliative care, although this is not the only area of care Fiona can provide. Fiona has knowledge and experience in a wide range of areas including wound care and symptom management and end of life care planning.
Fiona values the collaborative approach with her colleagues. This ensures that the person at the centre of care, has care provided that is evidence based and accessible to those that need it.
Nurse Practitioner – Elite Geriatric Care
In addition to the role Fiona has in private practice she is currently employed at St Vincent’s hospital Melbourne, Australia in the Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) at the Centre for Palliative Care as a project officer. PEPA is a program funded by the Australian federal government and is a national program that offers health professionals not currently working in palliative care an opportunity to build their skills, knowledge and confidence in providing a palliative approach to people living with life limiting illness, through attendance at workshops or completing a palliative care placement. For more information check out the PEPA website
Fiona felt there was a gap in care provided to older people, and those living with life limiting illness which led her to provide care in a private capacity into residential aged care and the community.
Published works & Career Highlights
Former committee member of the Independent Medical Advisory Committee for the Victorian Government. The Committee played a critical role in the delivery of the Government’s Medicinal Cannabis Access Scheme by providing expert advice on patient eligibility – including expanding the scheme to include other cohorts – and the approval of the types of medicinal cannabis products that will be available to Victorian patients. It included specialist physicians in cancer, addiction medicine, neurology and pain management and experts in pharmacology, HIV/AIDS, medical research, medical ethics, pharmacy practice, nursing and a consumer representative.
Featured in Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Laughter makes a difference. 2014.
Current role with National Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) As a workshop facilitator and mentor.
Sessional Educator with Centre for Palliative Care – Physical Assessment Masterclass.
Sessional Educator University of Melbourne/Centre for Palliative Care – Graduate Certificate Palliative Care.
Previous sessional educator with RDNS.
Current Certificate IV Training and Assessment TAE40116 (Upgraded 2019).
Currently enrolled in Graduate Certificate of Higher Learning Deakin University.
11th Australian Conference of Nurse Practitioners 2016 Promoting Advance Nursing Practice to Optimise the Management of Complex, Chronic Disease Patients
Previously presented at Palliative Care Victoria Conference
Nurse Practitioner Palliative Care in the Hospital Admission Risk Program at Eastern Health
Advance Care Planning Nurse Practitioner Candidate Eastern Health
Manager/ Clinical Nurse Consultant Palliative Care Outpatients Clinic Yarra Ranges Health (EH).
Clinical Nurse Consultant Palliative Care formerly Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) (now known as Bolton Clarke).