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Our People

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Dr Anna Collins

Dr Anna Collins is a post-doctoral research fellow at Palliative Nexus, leading the Service Models for Serious Illness and Evolving Communities programs of research. Her research aims to improve timely engagement with quality end of life care. 

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Prof Jennifer Philip

Prof Jennifer Philip, is Chair of Palliative Medicine at University of Melbourne, a palliative care clinician, researcher and teacher whose work aims to improve equity of access to high quality care underpinned by high quality evidence is available to all with needs. She leads the Palliative Nexus Group. 

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Tanya Fraser, EA

Tanya Executive Assistant for Prof Jennifer Philip


Dr Sacey Panozzo

Stacey Panozzo is a Research Fellow with Palliative Nexus, St Vincent's Hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer The University of Melbourne. Stacey is a researcher whose particular areas of interest include improving supportive and palliative care access and delivery for patient groups experiencing vulnerability 

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Dr Beth Russell

Beth is a Palliative Medicine Physician and Researcher currently undertaking her PhD with Palliative Nexus on Triage in Palliative Care. 

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Dr Kathryn Ducharlet

Kathryn is a Nephrologist pursuing her research and clinical interests in Renal Supportive Care through a PhD with Palliative Nexus.

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Dr Matthew Grant

Matt is a Palliative Medicine Physician and General Practitioner currently undertaking his PhD with Palliative Nexus on informal networks of care for cancer patients. 

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Dr Farwa Rizvi

Dr Farwa Rizvi is a Research Fellow at Palliative Nexus, St Vincent's Hospital, and the University of Melbourne. Farwa is working on the Care Plus study; a multi-site implementation of early palliative care in routine practice to improve outcomes and reduce hospital admissions for people with advanced cancer

Meet Our Affiliates

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A/Prof Brian Le

Brian is the Director of Parkville Integrated Palliative Care Service, and a key collaborator of Palliative Nexus on many studies across our research programs


Dr Aaron Wong

Aaron is a Medical Oncologist, Palliative Care Physician and Clinical Trial Fellow, and a collaborating researcher with Palliative Nexus on opioid pharmogenomics

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Dr David Marco

David is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Palliative Care with a keen interest in bringing quantitative data to the clinical interface, and collaborating with Palliative Nexus on our Service Models for Serious Illness Program


Prof Vijaya Sundararajan

Vijaya is a Professor of Public Health at LaTrobe University, and a longstanding collaborator of Palliative Nexus bringing her health services research and analytic skills to our research programs


Dr Stephanie Schwetlik

Steph is a palliative care physician interested in needs of people with severe heart failure.


Dr  Camille La Brooy

Camille is a social scientist leading a project on the community response and impact of Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation in Victoria.


Dr Natasha Smallwood

Natasha is a Respiratory Physician whose program of research focuses on palliative care needs in non-malignant lung disease.

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