Profile of Directors

Dr James MacKean

Board Chair

Dr James MacKean is a Senior Radiation Oncologist with more than 25 years of experience in Cancer Medicine. James is a Visiting Medical Officer in Radiation Oncology, at Wide Bay Area Health Service and provides care to patients in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Fraser Coast as part of GenesisCare Queensland.

James has special interests in Pelvic tumours, Stereotactic and Palliative Radiotherapy, and pain management. He Chairs the Genesis Care National Clinical Reference Group in Genitourinary Radiotherapy, and is a former chair of the Australasian Brachytherapy Group.

Along with Founder and Secretary Jasine Leslie, James has been with the Fraser Coast Hospice Association since its formation, and is Chair, Board of Directors, and also Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee, responsible for credentialling of Medical and Nurse practitioners and Clinical incident reporting and investigation, along with liaising with key Stakeholders at QHealth, the Federal Department of Health and Human Services, and the Wide Bay Medical Community.

Jasine Leslie

Founder / Board Secretary

Jasine is a Registered Nurse with 22 years nursing experience, with her main interests and work experience in palliative, oncology and community nursing care.
Jasine is currently a Nurse Unit Manager at GenesisCare Oncology and some of her previous experience has included roles as CNC and Pall Care Nurse Specialist in RDNS for 10 years – Victoria.

She has also previously worked for Toowoomba Hospice and Toowoomba BlueCare Community before that.

She is the proud mother of three grown children and has made the beautiful Hervey Bay home for the last 7 years Jasine is passionate about community and social justice
– having nursed as a volunteer on a medical ship twice in PNG and currently volunteering at Riding for the Disabled Hervey Bay as committee president and horse volunteer.

Jasine has spent the last 3 years very busy in a volunteer capacity with the initial proposal, funding, design and build and opening of the Fraser Coast Hospice – a huge dream and passion of hers’. She remains as Secretary and Founder on the Board of Directors, serving the Fraser Coast Community.

Jasine holds a Bachelor of Health Science – Nursing, Post Grad Diploma in Palliative Care and a Certificate 3 in Frontline Leadership. She is a member of Palliative Care Queensland and Cancer Nurses Society Australia.

Joyce Atkins

Board Treasurer

Joyce currently holds the position of Treasurer on the Board of Directors at the Fraser Coast Hospice.

She is a retired business woman who was a full partner in a family wholesale food distribution business in Ulladulla NSW for 27 years with an annual turnover of $2.5 million dollars.

From 1989- 2016 Joyce was also the Manager of the Southcoast Distributors – Wholesale Food Service. Duties throughout this time included but were not limited to office and warehouse management, bookkeeping and data management, in charge of all financial obligations of the company, staff payroll & hr responsibilities for at least 5 staff, stock and client orders management, website & information management.
Joyce has been involved in several professional bodies including being a Member of the Ulladulla Chamber of Commerce for 20 years.

Joyce has a deep commitment to her local community which includes holding the position of Honorary Treasurer and the Campialba Camp Coordinator (3 day annual event) of the Hervey Bay Spinners, Weavers and Fibre Artists, INC. at Hervey Bay, and several hold social memberships.

Ross Zelow

Board Member

Previously the longstanding Principal of Urangan State High School for more than 15 years, Ross went on to a senior leadership role with the Queensland Department of Education as Assistant Regional Director.

He is now the CEO of Zelow Leaderhip and Coaching, working as a coach and mentoring partner providing leadership development programs across a range of settings. He has qualifications in Education and postgraduate qualifications in Educational Leadership and Organisational Coaching.

Reflecting his support for his local community, in addition to his role on the Fraser Coast Hospice Board, Ross is also a member of the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre Committee.

Christine Tanner

Board Member

Christine Tanner is a Registered Nurse Consultant who has extensive experience in clinical nursing, management, and nursing and paramedics education roles.
Christine is currently employed as the Education Manager for Health Generation PTY LTD which involves developing education and compliance resources for training in aged care throughout Australia and undertaking compliance audits in the aged care sector.

She is passionate about giving back to her community so is currently the Deputy Chair of the Board of Directors for the new 6 bed purpose-built Fraser Coast Hospice in Hervey Bay and is also a member of the Quality, Safety & Risk Sub-committee and has written Policies and Procedures for the Fraser Coast Hospice.

In her professional life she has a number of professional and personal achievements that include gaining her Master of Education qualification, setting up and managing an autonomous day surgery unit for 10 years, assisting with development of the Standard Operating Procedures Manual for the Hollow’s Foundation Overseas Mobile Field Surgical Operations and developing and teaching Nursing & Paramedics curriculum for the Australian Defence Force Medics and in the tertiary and VET education sectors.

Gay Lavery

Board Member

Gay is a retired Registered Nurse who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Fraser Coast Hospice Board in a number of nursing, governance, and education areas.

Among her many professional positions, Gay has previously been a Director of Nursing, a university lecturer, a conference presenter and a practitioner member of the NT Nursing & Midwifery Board, Senior Projects Officer – Medicines and Poisons Control Environmental Health for the NT Government Health Department and on the Advisory Committees for Medicines Scheduling, Chemicals Scheduling and Therapeutic Goods.

Gay has always been and remains an active and dedicated member of the community. She is currently a member of the Hervey Bay Rotary club since 2016 and previously in Darwin, and QOTA clubs and was also a founding member of the Probus club in Darwin in 2014 and is the current President.

Together with her Bachelor of Nursing (Honors), Gay has also attained a Masters in Health Management and a number of other education accomplishments.

Alicia Trimingham-Turl

Director of Care

Alicia Trimingham-Turl has been a Registered Nurse for the past 20 years working in management in acute private hospital and hospice settings.

Completing a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Southern Queensland in 2000, she commenced her working career as a post graduate at Nambour Selangor Private Hospital on the Sunshine Coast. Relocating back to the Darling Downs in 2002, Alicia then worked on the Oncology/Palliative Care Ward at St Vincent’s Private Hospital.

In 2003, Alicia accepted a Registered Nurse position at the new purpose built 6 bed inpatient facility Toowoomba Hospice. She was appointed to the Director of Nursing role at the Hospice in 2005 and after 10 years moved back to the Sunshine Coast to work again at Nambour Selangor Private Hospital as the Nurse Unit Manager of the Miles Savill palliative care wing.

Longing to return to Hospice and a community based organization that makes a difference to people with a terminal illness, Alicia was appointed to the Director of Care role at the new purpose built 6 bed Fraser Coast Hospice in Hervey Bay in July 2021. She was instrumental in the initial setup of licensing and accreditation of the facility.

Alicia’s post graduate studies include a Graduate Certificate Cancer Nursing (QUT), Certificate IV Training and Assessment, Specialist Certificate Palliative Care (UofM) and is currently completing a Bachelor of Nursing with Professional Honours (Oncology Nursing) at the University of Tasmania.