Palliative and Supportive Services
David Currow is Professor of Palliative and Supportive Services at Flinders University, Adelaide where more than 350 distance students from around the world study palliative care at a post-graduate level. Research includes clinical trials, population-based planning and codifying the evidence base underpinning palliative care. Research funders include the National Health and Medical Research Council and the National Institutes of Health (USA). David is an Honorary Professor with the following institutions: Hull York Medical School, University of Hull, UK, University of Sydney School of Medicine and University of Technology Sydney.
He is the principal investigator for the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC) which has randomised more than 1400 palliative care patients across 12 sites to phase III symptom control studies. He is also co-principal investigator on www.caresearch.com.au, an anthology of evidence in palliative care. He is a foundation partner in the Australian Palliative Care Outcomes Collaborative, an initiative to improve systematically clinical outcomes in palliative care.
David has published more than 380 peer-reviewed articles, editorials and books. He is senior associate editor of Journal of Palliative Medicine and on the editorial boards of Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care and the Journal of Oncology Practice. David is a former president of Palliative Care Australia and the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia.
B Med, PhD, MPH, FRACP, FAChPM, GAICD
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care (AAHPM) 2015 Award for Excellence in Scientific Research in Palliative Care. The Award recognizes meaningful, exemplary research contributions to the field of hospice and palliative care. February, 2015 at the annual Academy meeting.
Palliative Care Council of South Australia Lifetime Achievement Award. 2013. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes excellence in mentorship, support, passion for their field of work, commitment to working in partnerships, respect for others, teamwork, persistence and pioneering developments/
University of Newcastle 2012 Alumni Medal (joint winner) Awarded annually to a graduate with an outstanding track record of professional excellence in leadership, knowledge and professional practice.
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 2013 Balfour M. Mount Visiting Professorship in Palliative Medicine
National winner 2012 - Team Award – Postgraduate education Australian Learning and Teaching Centre
Flinders Offshore Palliative Care Program. In conjunction with the Lien Foundation (Singapore) and the Asia Pacific Hospice and Palliative Care Network, this was a program to provide Graduate Certificate post-graduate qualifications for health professionals in palliative care for resource challenged countries in South East Asia. More than 100 students have graduated to date.
Research leader, Discipline Palliative and Supportive Services
David is the Principal Investigator on the Australian government funded Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative – the world’s largest clinical trials group in palliative care. He is also a co-founder of the Australian Palliative Care Outcomes Collaborative, the world’s largest point-of-care quality improvement program in palliative care.