Professor David Currow


Associate Director (Research) Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre

Role at Hull York Medical School

David is an Honorary Professor of Palliative Care Research at Hull York Medical School, University of Hull and Associate Director (Research) of the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre.


David Currow is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Health and Sustainable Futures) at Wollongong University. He is also Honorary Professor of Palliative Medicine at University of Technology Sydney, and Associate Director (Research) at the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre, University of Hull, England.  

His research includes clinical trials, use of large datasets to understand better the impact of life-limiting illnesses on patients and caregivers, and codifying the evidence base underpinning palliative care. Research into chronic breathlessness is a particular area of expertise. Research funders include the National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia) and the National Institutes of Health (USA). 

He was the founding principal investigator for the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC) which has randomised more than 1850 palliative care patients across 23 sites to phase III symptom control studies, and supports an active international phase IV collaborative. These studies have been shown to directly influence clinical practice. He is a foundation partner in the Australian Palliative Care Outcomes Collaborative (PCOC), an initiative to improve systematically clinical outcomes in palliative care.

David has published more than 600 peer-reviewed articles, editorials and books. He is an editor on the 5th edition of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine. 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.

For more information please visit David's profile on the University of Technology Sydney website.