Violet is a national not-for-profit providing free support through the last stage of life, and the grief that accompanies it.

Our mission

Violet aims to make a positive impact on the last stage of life so that more people are better prepared to die well.

Violet provides free services, programs and resources to friends and family of people in the last stage of their life, or those who are themselves in this life stage. Our support is designed to help everyone be better prepared and supported on their journey.

Whatever your situation, Violet is here to help. Please get in touch.

The importance of ending taboos

Violet is playing an important role in the wider normalisation of death and dying, destigmatising necessary conversations and bringing down barriers that stop people from seeking support.

In the same way that attitudes towards mental health have been transformed, Violet strives to effect the same change around the last stage of life.


Violet's Response

At Violet, we are driven to solve one of the toughest and most complex parts of the human journey: the last stage of life.

We know that when people are able to move forward with support, confidence and knowledge they make better decisions, which lead to better outcomes.

​​In October 2021, drawing on the expertise of AGSM Graduate, Sarah Foxe and the team at Social Ventures Australia, Violet rolled out our first outcomes framework.

Grounded in Prochaska and DiClemente’s foundational work in behavioural change, the framework also investigates Violet’s impact on carers’ knowledge, sense of empowerment and ability to take action - all of which help them to make the most of the time they have with loved one.

You can view early results here


What matters most at end of life?

By Violet CEO Melissa Reader, Prof Kathy Eagar, Director of the Australian Health Services Research Institute and clinical committee members Prof. Ken Hillman, AO and Dr. Leeroy William.

Read the full article on the Medical Journal of Australia Insight+

Violet in the media

View our digital media kit which includes information on our organisation as well as free-to-use video assets.

Are you caring for a loved one? Talk to a Violet Guide. 

Board of Directors

Portrait of Kate Carnell

Kate Carnell, AO



Melissa Reader

CEO and Managing Director


Peter Shorthouse



Debbie Nicholson



Peter Spicer


Portait of Yaniv Bernstein

Yaniv Bernstein


Strategic Advisory Committee


Professor Kathy Eagar, Director,

Centre for Health Service Development and Director, Australian Health Services Research Institute,
University of Wollongong


Professor Keith Evans,

Principal, Integrated Policy Solutions, Senior Research Fellow,
South Australian health
and Medical Research Institute.
Committee Chair

Jane Hemstritch,  Non-Executive Director Lendlease Corporation Ltd, President Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Jane Hemstritch,

Non-Executive Director
Lend Lease, President Walter
and Eliza Hall Institute of
Medical Research

Jillian Skinner

The Hon. Jillian Skinner,

former NSW Health Minister, current Chair of the Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association


James Viles,

Partner Private Equity and Healthcare, Bain Consulting

Clinical Committee


Professor Rod MacLeod



Professor Ken Hillman, AO

Intensive Care Specialist and Professor of Intensive Care, University of New South Wales


Nikki Johnston, OAM

Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner


Dr Kathryn Mannix

Palliative Care Physician and Author


Professor Imogen Mitchell

Dean of Medicine, ANU Medical School

jo wood

Jo Wood

Palliative Care Social Worker, Monash Health


Leeroy William

Adjunct associate Professor and Clinical Director of Supportive & Palliative Care at Eastern Health.