National palliative care research team

Australia’s largest network for palliative care clinical trials, the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC), has officially joined the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney.

The collaborative’s move to UTS follows the arrival of Chief Investigator Professor David Currow, as Professor of Palliative Medicine.

Professor Currow has joined a team of eminent palliative care researchers, including Professors Meera Agar, Deborah Parker and Jane Phillips, who all have well-established research programs focused on improving palliative care for patients and their families.

Members of the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative. Photo: Anna Zhu

For the past decade, the collaborative has been running studies that are influencing global practice and policy.

The research generated by PaCCSC is improving the wellbeing of people with life-limiting illnesses, as well as advancing health professionals’ practices and helping to reduce unnecessary harm and waste within the global health care system.

The collaborative has received $20.4 million in grants since its establishment in 2007, including funding for six national phase III clinical trials.

It has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and presented results from its research nationally and across the globe.

Many of the primary study results have been published in high-impact journals.

Outcomes from six Commonwealth-funded studies and three NHMRC completed phase III clinical trials are changing clinical practice in palliative care and more broadly across a range of specialties.

The generation of this high-quality evidence is supporting more effective use of medicines for patients with palliative care needs.

The collaborative has built the research knowledge and skills of clinicians to conduct high-quality palliative care research and it is actively translating its research results into clinical practice and policy.

“UTS is delighted to have welcomed this clinically connected and globally networked clinical trials collaborative into the University,” said UTS Vice-Chancellor Attila Brungs.

“The collaborative nature of this research group is perfectly aligned with our health strategy of leading change through strong partnerships, research and innovation, and thought leadership. Together, we hope to radically improve health outcomes for palliative care patients and their families across the world.”

The collaborative was formerly located at Flinders University in Adelaide.

Source: UTS

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