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The Hospice Team

Our Staff

We employ over 45 staff (which equates to 17.8 full time equivalents), in various areas of the organisation.

Our Volunteers

Volunteers are involved in all areas of Hospice and contribute to every service we provide.  In addition to practical assistance in the Guest Wing, volunteers work in the office and reception areas, fundraising, kitchen, and in the maintenance of the building and grounds.

Management Committee 2017/18

The annually elected honorary Hospice Management Committee come from a diverse range of professional and community backgrounds, and have a hands on approach to ensuring that Hospice provides a centre of excellence for terminally ill people, their family and bereaved members of the community.

Peter McMahon OAM
Vice Chairperson:
Dr. Mark Waters
Pam Lane
Paul Saba
Ray Chandler
Pat Evatt
Dr Scott Kirton
Rosie Laidlaw
Linda Patat
Lance Pearce
Gerard Pender

Palliative Care Consultant – Dr Ross Cruikshank


Ipswich Hospice Care’s Palliative Care Consultant is Dr Ross Cruikshank (LL.B, MBBS, FRACP (Med Onc), F A Ch PM).  Dr Cruikshank is a dual Specialist in Medical Oncology and Palliative Care and a valuable addition to the team.

Born and raised in Mackay, Dr Cruikshank moved to Brisbane after completing his schooling to attend the Queensland University of Technology where he obtained a law degree.  After practising as a solicitor for 4 years Dr Cruikshank decided on a complete career change and chose to study medicine.  Once he completed his Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery in 2004 at the University of Queensland, Dr Cruikshank undertook his residency years as a doctor at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

After successfully completing his Physician exams through the Royal Australian College of Physicians, Dr Cruikshank commenced dual advanced training in Medical Oncology and Palliative Care and completed his Fellowship in December 2013.  Dr Cruikshank now has specialist qualifications in Medical Oncology and Palliative Care. “I have always had an interest in treating cancer,” Dr Cruikshank states, “however I also felt it was important to have the necessary skills to manage patients with advanced disease who were not fortunate enough to be afforded a cure, which is why I decided to undertake dual training.”

The Palliative Medicine training Dr Cruikshank undertook has given him significant experience in managing oncology patients and providing high quality care when treating patients with any terminal illness.

As the Palliative Care Consultant for Ipswich Hospice, Dr Cruikshank will work as a member of a professional multidisciplinary team and support our staff to provide high quality, evidence based medical care to our Guests.

The appointment of a skilled Palliative Care Specialist enhances not only the care of Hospice patients but benefits the whole Ipswich Community.

Dr Ross Cruikshank can be contacted by phoning the Ipswich Hospital Palliative Care Unit on (07) 3810 1440.