The team at Wedgetail Retreat community hospice and Tweed Palliative Support are dedicated to providing friendly care and support to those experiencing life-limiting illness and their families. Expect exceptional service from our President through to our experienced trained volunteers.
Wedgetail Retreat Team
Most clients who stay at the hospice have their own General Practitioner who is encouraged to continue their care while with us. However, if they are unable to do so, we have Palliative Care Doctors who can be called to attend to clients.
Local social workers and therapists are also on hand to emotionally support clients, volunteer carers and nursing staff.
Wedgetail Retreat Team
Meredith has been an inspiring palliative care innovator for nearly two decades. Trained as a nurse and volunteering for the charity since 1998, her enthusiasm for providing quality community palliative care is ever present. As President and Volunteer Coordinator for many years, Meredith works with the committee and oversees the operation of the volunteer palliative care training, home-hospice support services, Wedgetail Retreat community hospice, educational courses, Sunshine ‘Pamper’ Days, loan of medical equipment to clients and the TPS Hospice Op shops.
The charity is lead by a person who understands first hand what it is like to care for a loved family member at the end of their life. Incredibly, Meredith’s father, Stanley, was one of the first people to require the hospice for his end-of-life care. In 2014, he was visiting Meredith from Adelaide with Mignon, Meredith’s mother, when he was diagnosed with lung cancer with bone metastasis. Surrounded by family, Meredith cared for her dad at Wedgetail Retreat, just before it was to be officially opened.
In 2016 Meredith was announced as a NSW Finalist in the Australian of the Year 2017 Awards – Local Hero category. Awarded ‘2015 Community Volunteer Contribution Award’ by NNSW Local Health District. On behalf of the charity, Meredith received the award of ‘Best Community Service in the Tweed’ and out of eighteen category winners, ‘Best Business Tweed’ in the 2015 Business Excellence Awards Tweed Shire. Meredith was awarded ‘Tweed Volunteer of the Year’ in 2001, ‘Tweed Shire Citizen of the Year’ in 2005 and ‘Murwillumbah Volunteer of the Year’ in 2009.
Meredith was born and grew up in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. She trained and worked as a nurse at the Royal Adelaide Hospital before moving to Sydney and working at St Vincent’s Private Hospital. She was also a company director for many years. Meredith then moved north, volunteered for TPS and to help to raise the profile of the charity, was a Pink Lady at Murwillumbah Hospital for 10 years. She opened and ran the Murwillumbah Hospital Coffee Shop for 2 years. Meredith has been a President of Friends of the Tweed River Art Gallery and is a current gallery member. She lives in Limpinwood on a farm surrounded by Labrador dogs and horses.
Tess Thompson graduated in Physiotherapy from the University of Sydney in 1972. After two years work in Sydney she then went abroad where she worked for the next 30 years in hospitals in London and Surrey, working in the area of neurology for 23 of those years. On retirement she and her husband returned to Australia where they live happily in Nobbys Creek.
Tess has been a dedicated member of TPS for 9 years and on the Management Committee for 7 years. In this time, she has trained as a Volunteer Palliative Carer and has volunteered for home-hospice and Wedgetail Retreat community hospice support. She has also volunteered in assisting the TPS training groups and in the Op shop.
Treasurer: John Woodward
Secretary: Deirdre Stewart
Office Manager: Carolyn Barnby
Training Co-ordinator: Autumne Camidge
Management Committee: From Left- Deirdre Stewart, Tess Thompson, Meredith Dennis, Margaret Stevenson, Carolyn Barnby, John Woodward, Rhona Marr, Maria Bashford, Autumne Camidge. Absent: Julie Addison, Sue Evans, Jackie Kane, Kay Newman.