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Professor Roderick MacLeod
Senior Staff Specialist and Leading Academic

Rod MacLeod is a palliative care specialist whose research is highly eclectic and multidisciplinary. Much of his work has an applied focus in palliative care but he also publishes in social science and education journals.

Rod has conducted research across the fields of palliative care (adult and paediatric), spirituality, medical education, population health and general practice. Current research interests include teaching and learning in palliative care, spirituality, bereavement, symptom management, and public awareness about death and dying.

Dr Melanie Lovell
Staff Specialist, Palliative Care

Dr Lovell is a Palliative Medicine physician with HammondCare at Greenwich Hospital and the Mater in Sydney. She is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at Sydney Medical School. She was awarded her PhD in 2009. She has led the national team, with support from ImPaCCT (the NSW Palliative Care trials group) to develop and pilot test the National Cancer Pain Management guideline housed on the Cancer Council Australia website. This has involved a rigorous research program both in evaluation of the evidence, survey of the national need, and piloting of the guideline. The National Breast Cancer Foundation have recently granted funding to undertake a randomised controlled trial of the guideline and implementation strategies to improve uptake of the guideline recommendations.

Other research interests include cancer pain, clinical trials in palliative care and spirituality. She is on the Trials Management Committee of the Palliative Care Clinical Trials Collaborative (PaCCSC) and ImPaCCT and is Site Investigator at Greenwich for clinical trials investigating better ways to assess and manage symptoms experienced by people with advanced disease.

Dr Matra Robertson
Allied Health Academic/ Bereavement Team Leader, HammondCare North

Research interests: palliative care; end of life; existential and spiritual issues.

Dr Matra Robertson is a Senior Allied Health specialist with HammondCare based at Greenwich Hospital and a Clinical Senior Lecturer at Sydney Medical School. She was awarded the Ogilvie Palliative Care Bequest, University of Sydney for excellence in palliative care and end of life research. Her PhD exploring hope and hopelessness was awarded in 2011 and her current research is in psychosocial care and factors that support the hopes and well-being of vulnerable people at end of life and their families.

Dr Robertson is Lead Investigator in the ‘Hope during a home death’ study funded by NSW Health. Other research interests include collaboration on a longitudinal grief study and ‘Arts on prescription study. She supports her peers internationally in her speciality as a reviewer for international peer reviewed journals and through appointment as Life member of the ‘United States of America, Social Work and Hospice and Palliative Care Network’.

Associate Professor Josephine Clayton
Staff Specialist Palliative Care, Greenwich Hospital

Josephine is a Palliative Care Physician for HammondCare’s Palliative and Supportive Care Service, based at Greenwich and Royal North Shore Hospitals. She is also Associate Professor of Palliative Care, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. Josephine is a busy clinician as well as contributing to HammondCare’s research and education programs.

Josephine is passionate about research and education that may enhance the palliative and supportive care of patients and their families facing an advanced progressive life limiting illness. She was awarded her PhD in doctor/patient communication in Palliative Medicine in 2005. She now leads a research program regarding communication about palliative care and end-of-life issues, including the development and evaluation of interventions for improving health professional/patient/family communication. She has a strong interest in teaching communication skills relevant to the care of patients with life limiting illnesses.

Josephine’s research has been published in leading international journals in palliative care and oncology, and widely translated into clinical practice. Her other research interests include: finding ways to optimize psychosocial and spiritual care, health system research to improve end –of-life care and physical symptom control.

Professor Phil Siddall
Specialist Pain Medicine Physician, Director of the Pain Clinic

Philip is a specialist pain medicine physician, and Director of the Pain Clinic and Professor in Pain Medicine at the University of Sydney. He has been working in the field of pain medicine for over 25 years and previously worked at the Pain Management Centres at Royal North Shore and Royal Prince Alfred Hospitals. He is recognised internationally for his work in the field of pain management with many publications in scientific and medical journals, regular invitations to speak at national and international meetings and for six years was the Australasian representative on the international council of the International Association for the Study of Pain.

As well as his clinical work, he is an active researcher and teacher at the University of Sydney. Further information regarding his background, research interests and publications can be found through his profile page at the University of Sydney.


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