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The Board
Jenny Monson, Chair

Jenny has been on the board of BHCI since 1989 and has been an active contributor to end of life care since she completed her Certificate in Palliative Care Studies. She has been involved during that time in the training of the Hospice volunteers and has also conducted training for Health professionals and facilitated workshops and seminars for community members.

Coming from a Counselling background, Jenny has specialised in work with the dying and in grief, loss, and bereavement. She has worked as director of South West Counselling and has had her own counselling practice. Jenny has a real commitment to the principle of compassionate palliative care and of the inclusion of volunteers in clinical care at the end of life as it ensures that those receiving care experience a feeling of community inclusion.

Jeannie Davis, Vice Chair

Jeannie is an Occupational Therapist and has been a Hospice Board Member for over 31 years.

She has held the positions of Treasurer, Secretary, Committee Member and is currently the Vice Chair Person for 2020. Her specialties are Hand Rehabilitation, Lymphoedema management and home modifications for safe independence. She is a Grandmother, a farmer and enjoys dancing, yoga and singing.

Steve Turner, Treasurer

Steve completed his schooling at Churchlands Senior High School before commencing 2 years employment with the Bank of New South Wales. During that time he began studying part time towards a Bachelor of Business degree at Curtin University. After leaving the bank he spent 12 years working in the Australian Taxation Office, 2 of those years in Canberra, during which time he completed his studies. 

Steve then left the ATO and began working for Harvey and Partners, a public accounting practice in Mount Hawthorn. After 12 months as an employee he became a partner and in January 1990 Steve and his family moved to Busselton to set up a new branch of Harvey and Partners there. In 1995 Steve left Harvey and Partners and commenced a new accountancy practice which today is known as STA Accountants. In June 2016 Steve sold his portion of the business and remained on staff for the next 2 years before fully retiring in March 2018. During his 34 years in public accounting, Steve acted for all types of businesses and salary and wage clients not only in the Busselton geographical area but also further afield in Narrogin, Pingelly and Perth.

Since retiring, Steve has enjoyed travelling and spending time with his family which now includes three wonderful grandchildren.

In September 2019 Steve joined the Board of Busselton Hospice Care Inc and has found the position most enjoyable, especially the opportunity to work with such a dedicated team of Board members and staff.

Dee Melbourne, Committee Secretary

Dee moved to Busselton from Perth in 2012.

Since graduating from Edith Cowan University Dee has gained experience in community service roles while working with the Creative Expressions Unit of Graylands Hospital, the Cancer Council WA and Cyrenian House. While working at a Funeral Home in an administrative capacity, Dee was introduced to Compassionate Communities and has since hosted Death Cafes within the South West of WA. In 2016 Dee returned to university on a part-time basis to undertake studies in addiction and psychology. Along with this study, Dee currently works full time teaching meditation and yoga at an Addiction Treatment Centre, in the South West.

Dee joined the Busselton Hospice Board in 2018 as she has a genuine interest in integrating positive social approaches to dying, death and grief in everyday life of individuals and the South West community.

Trent Healy, Committee Member

Trent is an inaugural Board member. He and his wife Leslie, have been Busselton general practitioners since 1988. They have 2 adult children.

Trent’s interests in medicine include palliative care, obstetrics, and nutritional medicine. He is an active runner, environmentalist, and human rights supporter.


Helen Walker, Committee Member

Helen retired to Busselton from Perth in 2014, after 35 years work in palliative care. She has been a member of the Busselton Hospice Care Inc Board since 2017.  

Helen’s experience in palliative care includes clinical nursing in New Zealand and Western Australia in community, inpatient and consultative palliative care services; senior management roles-including Deputy Director of the WA Cancer Council Cancer Services Division and Manager of their Palliative and Supportive Care Education Centre where she was responsible for palliative care education development at all levels and teaching state-wide. From 2006 until her retirement, Helen was the Program Manager-Palliative Care, in the Cancer and Palliative Care Network, WA Department of Health.  This role involved the unique challenge of establishing the Palliative Care Network, promoting state-wide strategic vision and policy for palliative and end of life care, as well as affiliated roles on research studies, national and international committees and projects.

John Hanlon, Committee Member

John is a recently retired Chartered Accountant who has lived in Busselton since 1981. He initially worked for two Perth Accountancy firms, J Wade & Co and Ernst & Young, before moving to Busselton to work for Ernst & Young, Busselton branch.

In 1991, he joined John Davies in partnership commencing Hanlon Davies Chartered Accountants after buying our the Ernst & Young local branch. His whole working career has been in the Business Advisory Tax area, acting for a diverse range of clients.

John’s early years were spent on the family farm at Bruce Rock and his final schooling was completed at Trinity College, Perth. He graduated from Curtin University in 1974 having completed an Accountancy Degree.

Community involvement over the years has included membership of the Busselton Apex Club (president 1987), Board Treasurer at St Joseph’s Primary School, and Treasurer of the Busselton Tennis Club. His current interests include golf, following AFL and cricket, as well as travelling.

Rosie Brown, Chief Executive Officer

Rosie has over 35-years experience as a clinician, educator, manager, communicator and leader in the health industry both in Australia and the UK. She started her career in Perth, WA, gaining her nursing registration and then midwifery certificate at Sir Charles Gairdener and King Edward Memorial Hospitals, respectively. Rosie holds a Master of Midwifery from ECU, a Foundation Degree in Business (Managment) from Middlesex University (UK) and a Post Grad Certificate in Education (Distance & Online Learning) from the Open University (UK). She also holds the current Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and the Certificate IV in Coordination of Volunteer Programs.

Rosie moved to the UK in 2001, where she managed a busy Outpatient Department for a private health company before taking up the position of Online Learning Program Manager at the Royal College of Nursing. There, she led a high achieving team that won several coveted European e-Learning awards as well at the RCN’s Team of the Year award, for two years running.

Rosie and her family returned to WA in 2013, moving directly to Busselton, a place well-known to her from annual childhood holidays. Initially working as a Clinical Staff Development Nurse at the old Busselton District Hospital, She played a key role in the induction and orientation of staff to the new Busselton Health Campus in 2015. Rosie joined Busselton Hospice Care Inc. as the Hospice Volunteer Manager in 2017 before taking up the role of CEO in January, 2020.