Gail Hessell completed her registered nurse training at Auckland Hospital in New Zealand and her postgraduate qualifications in palliative care at Wellington, New Zealand. She had extensive surgical and medical nursing experience in hospitals in New Zealand as well as community-based experience, commencing in 1987 as a Charge Nurse of Community Health Services in Wellington. In 1992 she came to Australia where she has held senior positions at Melbourne City Mission and Melbourne Eastern Palliative Care Service. At present Gail is a senior executive member at Eastern Palliative Care, with associated portfolio responsibilities, and is co-located at the Angliss Hospital in Ferntree Gully, Melbourne. She is responsible for the leadership, management and coordination of an integrated interdisciplinary team providing palliative care to community clients. Gail is committed to challenge, and to the sharing of specialised knowledge and expertise with mainstream work practice in our changing health environment. She is the proud mother of two supportive children. She believes that through their exposure to her work they have gained sensitivity and understanding in dealing with people's life challenges.
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