Shyla Mills is the CEO at Palliative Care Queensland (PCQ) a leading charity and peak body in Australia and a member of the Flinders University research centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying. She holds a Master of Public Health and Palliative Care and has a special interest in palliative care strategy and policy, public health palliative care as well as death and compassion literacy. Shyla has worked in palliative care across different settings including paediatrics, community and aged care throughout Australia, as well as internationally in India, Nepal, Mongolia and the UK. Prior to moving to Queensland, Shyla was a National Program Manager at Palliative Care Australia. Shyla is board member for the international charity Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom for over 10 years and was the former vice president of Palliative Care Nurses Australia.
Inspired by international models of palliative care, Shyla has successfully led the introduction of several new community engagement programs at PCQ including Ambulance Wish Queensland (which when launched in 2019 reached over 155 million people online) and public education programs, Last Aid and PalliLearn. Shyla says her ambulance wish would be to watch one last sunset at the beach, with a glass of red wine surrounded by her two sons, husband, dog and friends.