Professor David Currow

Professor David Currow – plenary presentation

Presentation – The value of interdisciplinary assessment in improving outcomes in end-of-life & palliative care

Professor David Currow is Professor of Palliative Medicine at University of Technology Sydney, the Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Palliative and Supportive Care, Flinders University and Associate Director (Research) at the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre, University of Hull, England. His research includes clinical trials and the use of large datasets to better understand the impact of life-limiting illnesses on patients and caregivers. Chronic breathlessness is a particular area of Professor Currow’s research expertise.

Professor Currow is the principal investigator for the Australian national Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC) which has randomised more than 2000 people to phase III symptom control studies, and supports an active international phase IV collaborative with data on more than 1150 people from 11 countries. These studies have been shown to influence clinical practice. He is also a Chief Investigator in the Australian national Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC).

Professor Currow has published more than 550 peer-reviewed articles, editorials and books. He is senior associate editor of the Journal of Palliative Medicine and Editor of the 5th and 6th editions of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine. Professor Currow is a former president of Palliative Care Australia and the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia.