One of the world’s leading experts in palliative care, Professor Currow himself seems to be living several lives at once.
He is Professor of Palliative and Support Services at Flinders University, which runs a range of online palliative care clinical courses, teaching palliative care to more than 350 students around the world.
At the same time, he holds down roles as Chief Cancer Officer of NSW and CEO of the Cancer Institute of NSW, and Professor of Medicine and Director of Palliative Medicine and Hospice Care at Dartmouth College in the US.
Professor Currow’s research into breathlessness has already improved the end of life for many people.
“There has long been an issue with breathlessness in the last stages of life, where all the underlying reversible causes have been treated and yet the person is still breathless,” Professor Currow said in the new Flinders University Investigator Transformed publication.
“Our research has shown how better use of oxygen and regular low-dose sustained release of morphine can reduce breathlessness, and is changing the approach to treating last stage of life care around the world.”
Professor Currow wandered into palliative care as a junior doctor while doing the rounds of specialities, and immediately recognised it as the place he was meant to be.
“To walk alongside people, understand what has been important to them and their families, and to work with them to achieve goals in the time that is left is a privilege,” Professor Currow said.
An extensive collection of profiles about Flinders University leaders, students, graduates, researchers, academics and supporters can be viewed online on the university’s 50th Anniversary website here.
The souvenir picture book, The Investigator Transformed, can be purchased on the Flinders 50th Anniversary website.
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