Palliative Care NSW Volunteer Support Services Programme

Our Staff

Colin Dent, Program Manager, Volunteer Support Services 

Colin joined Palliative Care NSW as Program Manager, Volunteer Support Services for Palliative Care NSW in June this year.

Inspired by the volunteer ethos from his earlier work with volunteers in supporting people living with HIV/AIDS, Colin went on to prove himself in a variety of management positions in both government and non-government organisations and has now spent more than seventeen years supporting, promoting, training and retaining volunteers in health, fundraising, emergency and international non-government organisations; contributing to organisational growth and volunteer policy development.

Colin’s professional and personal experiences in palliative care inspire his support as a voice for volunteers and he is committed to helping grow the volunteer palliative care networks and services in NSW. Email Colin.


Kate Bowman, Policy Officer  BSocSc

Kate joined Palliative Care NSW first during her internship through Macquarie University as part of the requirements for a Bachelor of Social Science degree back in 2016.

Her first project involved talking with volunteer managers of community services about their volunteers who find themselves incidentally coming into contact with people at or near the end of life. Since then Kate has undertaken a variety of social research including looking into developments in aged care and palliative care, complementary therapies, and rural and regional volunteering.

Kate is a passionate supporter of volunteering having been both a volunteer and volunteer manager in a variety of capacities throughout her life. Currently she is working on a project which aims to increase palliative care volunteer services across Southern NSW. Email Kate.