Peta has worked in the field of oncology for over 20 years, and during that time she has also developed expertise in the area of palliative care. She is currently a doctoral candidate enrolled at the University of Sydney, focused on exploring and describing a palliative approach among high level-care residents in hostels accommodation. Peta was a recipient of a 2007 National Health and Medical Research Palliative Care Scholarship to undertake this research and a recipient of the Royal College of Nursing Australia 2008 NSW Nurses Research Grant.
In addition to her research, Peta has been involved in the revision of a curriculum of the palliative care stream of the Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing (NSW College of Nursing). She has been an external tutor for the distance education palliative care courses conducted by the Royal College of Nursing, and repeatedly invited to speak to undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students at several universities about palliative care issues.
Peta has further contributed to this specialty area through her involvement with the National Medication Breakthrough Collaborative Project (Quality and Safety Australia) working on a project developing opioid brochures for consumers and health professionals. In association with the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and Palliative Care Australia, Peta developed a national train the trainer’s resource kit manual for that project (Introducing the Guidelines for a Palliative Approach in Residential Aged Care) which has been widely distributed to aged care facilitators across Australia. She also developed a web-based training resource to further enhance and support the national training program for these guidelines in relation to pain assessment and management.
Peta was a panelist for the Anglican Retirement Village National Education Program for the Aged Care Satellite Channel. This involved providing expert knowledge towards the development of two videos – “The Palliative Approach” and “Pain Management”.
Her current PhD research examines a palliative approach for people with declining health, living in hostel accommodation: the state of play.