The PCRC involves a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, clinicians, and postgraduate students from the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia, as well as Western Sydney University, and La Trobe University. 

Chief Investigators

  • Associate Professor Jaklin Eliott

    Associate Professor Jaklin Eliott

    Jaklin Eliott

    • Lead researcher and Chief Investigator, 
      Palliative Care Research Collaboration
    • Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Adelaide

    Jaklin has extensive experience in designing and conducting qualitative research and examining perceptions and experiences of serious illness, palliative care and death and dying.

    Jaklin has successfully led a number of transformative research projects and teams, and has published her research across multiple domains, including psychology, public health, palliative care, qualitative research, sociology, bioethics, and clinical ethics.

    Her research is a unique contribution to the literature dealing with the social and moral aspects of the experience of terminal illness - particularly with regard to patient / consumer perspectives in the areas of decision-making, advance care planning, hope, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and death and dying.

    Researcher profile

  • Professor Gillian Harvey

    Gillian Harvey

    Professor Gill Harvey

    • Professor, Matthew Flinders Fellow
    • College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University

    Gill is internationally recognised for her work on knowledge translation, facilitation and implementation in health care.

    She has authored 200 publications, including 5 books, and is particularly known for work on a conceptual framework for knowledge translation – the Promoting Action on Research Implementation in Health Services framework (PARIHS) and its most recent revision, the integrated-or i-PARIHS framework.

    Originally qualified as a nurse, Gill has worked across academic settings within nursing and healthcare management in the UK and Australia.

    In addition to her role as Professor and Matthew Flinders Fellow and theme lead for ‘Better Systems’ in the Caring Futures Institute, Gill is a Co-Director of the Aged Care Partnering Program in the newly established centre Aged care Research and Industry Innovation Australia (ARIIA), Adjunct Professor of Implementation Science at QUT and an Affiliated Researcher at Dalarna University, Sweden.

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  • Associate Professor Kate Gunn

    Associate Professor Kate Gunn

    Associate Professor Kate Gunn

    • Senior Research Fellow
    • Department of Rural Health, University of South Australia

    Kate is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Rural Health at the University of South Australia. She is also a registered Clinical Psychologist with experience working with people facing end of life and significant health challenges.

    Kate leads a team of researchers who carry out both qualitative and quantitative behavioural science-focused research, focused on understanding rural health care needs and improving access to evidence-based information and care in rural areas.

    Kate’s main research interests include farmers' health and mental health, understanding and addressing the psychosocial needs of rural people affected by cancer, rural help-seeking behaviour and the co-design, sustainable delivery and evaluation of web-based interventions.

    Researcher profile

  • Professor Gregory Crawford AM

    Professor Gregory Crawford AM

    Professor Gregory Crawford AM

    • Professor of Palliative Medicine
    • Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide

    Professor Greg Crawford is a Senior Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Director of Research and Education at Northern Adelaide Local Health Network.

    He is a Professor of Palliative Medicine in the Adelaide Medical Schoolat the University of Adelaide.

    He is a practicing palliative medicine physician and was awarded a Doctor of Medicine by thesis from Flinders University in 2008. His thesis was “Depression in palliative care in Australia: identification and assessment.”

    Professor Crawford's major research activities are into the psychological issues for people and their carers, as the end-of-life approaches, as well as for clinicians.

    He has particular interest in not only end-stage cancer, but also the issues for people with non-malignant disease.

    He has been a Chief Investigator in two NHMRC projects and currently two MRFF projects and has multiple smaller grants andresearch projects within the clinical and academic areas of palliative care.

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  • Professor Anna Chur-Hansen

    Professor Anna Chur-Hansen

    Professor Anna Chur-Hansen

    • Professor, School of Psychology, University of Adelaide

    Anna is a Registered Psychologist with Endorsement in Health Psychologyand holds a PhD in Medical Education. She has served numerous leadership roles including Deputy Head and Head of the Discipline of Psychiatry at the University of Adelaide. She most recently served as Head of the School of Psychology.

    In 2017 Anna received the National Australian Psychological Society College of Health Psychologists Award for Outstanding Service.

    As well as a focus on research in best practice education for health professionals, Anna’s research interests are broadly around food and eating; sex and relationships; physical pain; and death and dying. Much of Anna’s research and teaching is around a biopsychosociocultural framework, and Anna uses qualitative methods in her research, as well asquantitative and mixed methods.

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  • Professor Caroline Laurence

    Professor Caroline Laurence

    Professor Caroline Laurence

    • Professor, School of Public Health, University of Adelaide

    Caroline is a health services researcher in the School of Public Health at the University of Adelaide. She is a recognised expert in the area of health workforce planning, particularly for the primary care sector.

    Her research has contributed to a greater understanding of the workforce pipeline in Australia including career decision making, workforce maldistribution, retention issues and workforce policy analysis.

    In 2012, Caroline was a recipient of the highly prestigious ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award which was used to develop for the first time in Australia, a needs-based approach to planning the GP workforce in South Australia.

    This approach has been applied in Western Australia, the practice nurse workforce and now Palliative care.

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  • Professor Lucie Walters

    Professor Lucie Walters

    Professor Lucie Walters

    • Director, Adelaide Rural Clinical School, University of Adelaide

    Professor Lucie Walters is Director of the Adelaide Rural Clinical School and works as a rural generalist in Mt Gambier.

    She is passionate about improving the health outcomes of rural people through the education, training and professional support of rural doctors.

    She was instrumental in developing Australia's reputation for longitudinal integrated clerkships, contributing particularly to Flinders University, Otago University and University of Northern Ontario programs.

    Lucie has demonstrated research expertise in the fields of work-integrated learning, adult education pedagogies, rural training pathways and workforce, and more recently rural health service research.

    Lucie’s current clinical work is in primary care in the Aboriginal Community Controlled health sector.

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  • Associate Professor Clemence Due

    • Associate Professor, School of Psychology, University of Adelaide

    Clemence is a researcher whose research interests include a focus on the health and wellbeing of individuals and families who are considered to be marginalised or vulnerable.

    Her research interests are typically cross-cultural and applied and Clemence works closely with communities to ensure translational outcomes.

    Clemence’s research interests include psychological wellbeing, trauma, maternity care and bereavement care following pregnancy or neonatal loss, as well as working with people with asylum seeking, refugee or migrant backgrounds.

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  • Professor Ann Dadich

    Professor Ann Dadich

    Professor Ann Dadich

    • Western Sydney University School of Business

    Ann is a Professor of Human Resources and Management with the Western Sydney University School of Business; she is also a registered psychologist.

    Ann’s expertise is health service management–particularly, knowledge translation.

    This is demonstrated by: the research grants she has secured; her publishing record; and the awards she has received. Furthermore, she was named in the world’s top 2% scientists in 2021 for her career achievements.

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  • Dr Ali Lakhani

    Dr Ali Lakhani

    Dr Ali Lakhani

    • Senior Lecturer, La Trobe University

    Ali Lakhani, BBA, MA, MES, PhD is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health with La Trobe University, an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with The Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University and an Honorary Palliative Care Researcher with Eastern Health.

    He is an interdisciplinary researcher with degrees in business, economics, environmental studies and health promotion and has led studies which utilise spatial, experimental, and cross-sectional and longitudinal observational methodologies.

    He has over a decade of experience conducting community-based research focusing on characteristics of high-quality health services, health service access and engagement, and how both are quality of life determinants for ageing adults and people with disability.

    He has led Australian Research Council and industry funded research projects which have

    (i) investigated the extent of health service use and access for ageing adults with disability and theirassociation with quality of life,

    (ii) investigated factors contributing to general practitioner identification and satisfaction for ageing adults with disability,

    (iii) clarified the geographic dispersion of palliative medicine professionals for ageing adults with disability within Melbourne priority areas,

    (iv) investigated the impact of engaging with natural environments on the psychosocial outcomes of ageing adults and people with disability,

    (v) used consensus building methods to investigate the factors contributing to inclusive housing development and community participation for people with a disability and ageing adults,

    (vi) clarified the physical and proximate accessibility of health and social services for people who use a mobility aid, and

    (vii) investigated end-users perspectives of self-directed funding (including funding under the National Disability Insurance Scheme [NDIS]).

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Associate Investigators

  • Associate Professor Timothy To

    Associate Professor Timothy To

    Associate Professor Timothy To

    • Head of Unit, Southern Adelaide Palliative Service, SA Health

    Tim is a specialist in palliative and geriatric medicine.

    He is the Head of Unit for the Southern Adelaide Palliative Service, based at Flinders Medical Centre.

    Complementing his clinical training, he has been involved in, and published research, in both palliative and geriatric medicine. He is involved in multiple national and state committees. He is a member of the Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying (RePaDD) at Flinders University.

    His research interests include blood transfusions in palliative care, geriatric oncology, health services research and end of life care in acute hospitals.

  • Dr Linda Foreman

    Dr Linda Foreman

    Dr Linda Foreman

    • Central Adelaide Local Health Network, SA Health

    Dr Linda Foreman is a Palliative Medicine Specialist, based at the Central Adelaide Palliative Care Service.

    Prior to completing training in palliative medicine, Linda worked as a GP. She has a keen interest in the integration of palliative care across specialist and community settings, and in supporting general practice.

    Linda is also involved in teaching across a range of settings, including with GPs, median students and trainee doctors, and is a Clinical Lecturer with the University of Adelaide. She a member of the Statewide Palliative Care Clinical Network Steering Committee, previously contributed to the General Practice Shared Care Palliative Care Program, and supports Palliative Care SA through involvement with the Board.  

  • Professor Vijaya Sundararajan

    • La Trobe University

Research Associates

  • Dr Karen Nobes

    Dr Karen Nobes

    Dr Karen Nobes

    • The Hospital Research Foundation Group funded Research Associate

    Karen Nobes is a research associate with the Caring Futures Institute and a qualitative researcher specialising in identification of systemic barriers to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    Karen is media and communications specialist with 25 years’ experience in the film and television industries of Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand, as a documentary director and producer, and as a communications strategist and project manager with government and non-government aid and development organisations in the Pacific Islands and remote communities of the West Kimberley.

    Researcher profile

  • Shannen van der Kruk

    Shannen van der Kruk

    Shannen van der Kruk

    • The Hospital Research Foundation Group funded Research Assistant

    Shannen van der Kruk is a Dutch health researcher in the Department of Rural Health at the University of South Australia. She has a broad interest in improving the health and well-being of people in the community and contributing to the greater wellbeing of society. Her background is in health sciences (health promotion/public health) and epidemiology. She has carried out both qualitative and quantitative work, and conducted several reviews, both systematic and scoping. Her research is in the area of psychological well-being, rural health, patient education and virtual reality, web-based interventions, and psychosocial needs of people affected by cancer. 

  • Dr Georgia Rowley

    Dr Georgia Rowley

    Dr Georgia Rowley

    Georgia is a qualitative social health researcher with an interest in wellbeing, social determinants of health, health inequities, vulnerable populations, and cross-cultural methodologies. She is interested in lay understandings of health and well-being, and the lived experience of major life transitions like death, bereavement and widowhood. She is especially interested in research with groups who have routinely been excluded from mainstream research, particularly culturally and linguistically diverse individuals and refugees, with an emphasis on those who do not speak English, or reside rurally. Guided by a social determinants of health lens, and critical feminist methodology, Georgia’s PhD explored the experience of widowhood and associated wellbeing among older Greek widows and widowers in rural and urban SA. In this study, she conducted qualitative interviews in the Greek language to be inclusive of individuals who had previously not been afforded a voice in academic research, before translating this data to English for wider dissemination. Georgia has an 8 month old daughter who brings joy, and she enjoys pasta nights with her power-lifting husband. She is partial to travel, street art, board games and experimenting with dried florals.

HDR candidates

  • Marylouise Freeman

    Marylouise Freeman

    Marylouise Freeman

    • University of South Australia - Masters student

    Marylouise is a registered nurse with over 25 years’ experience working in aged care, disability and community settings.  Her breadth of experience ranges from clinical service delivery, quality and project management and operational management in residential facilities. She is a passionate advocate for safe and quality care to support everyone to live their best life.   

    Throughout her career, Marylouise has had the opportunity to contribute and support the delivery of palliative care services for patients, their family and staff. 

  • Julia Muller Spiti

    Julia Muller Spiti

    Julia Muller Spiti

    • Flinders University -  PhD Candidate

    Julia started her career as a registered nurse in one of the largest hospitals in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has dedicated her professional career to intensive care nursing, particularly in heart and lung surgery. In 2011 Julia moved to Australia with her family. After 12 years of ICU nursing in Australia and overseas, Julia commenced a new career as a lecturer at the University of Adelaide, where she successfully coordinated the Graduate Diploma in Cardiac Nursing for six years.

    Julia is passionate about supporting patients and their families during the overwhelming journey they often experience in hospital. She considers it a privilege to care for people in such challenging times.  Grief and mourning have been one of Julia’s main areas of interest throughout her career, leading her to complete a Master of Clinical Science, exploring how social media data are used to research the experience of mourning.


  • Catherine Ooi

    Catherine Ooi

    Catherine Ooi

    Catherine Ooi comes from a background of working in community home hospice and is currently enrolled in a Masters of Clinical Science under the supervision of A/Prof Jaklin Eliott, A/Prof Clemence Due, and Dr Georgia Rowley. She holds an MBA, two Fellowships, and is currently exploring the field of research as a Research Assistant and student.

    For the purpose of her masters Catherine’s research is focused on Death Anxiety, CALD populations and access to palliative care. In her pre-student past life Catherine was Executive Director of a home hospice foundation and served as Vice Chairman of the Malaysian Hospice & Palliative Care Council (MHPCC).

    She has had the opportunity of consulting for government and NGO sectors, as well as contributing to the drafting of the National Palliative Care Standards Document and the National Handbook of Palliative Medicine of Malaysia.

    Catherine’s palliative care interests are broad ranging and include development and expansion of community palliative services, service operationality, bereavement and spiritual needs of the dying.  

Project Manager

  • Belinda Evans

    Belinda Evans

    Belinda Evans

    • Project Manager, Palliative Care Research Collaboration, University of Adelaide

    Belinda is the Project Manager for the PCRC research program, supporting the research team across their multiple research projects to ensure the program runs to schedule with the desired outcomes.

    Belinda is an experienced Project Manager and brings to this project her skills in managing teams and projects. She is a health care professional with over 18 years’ experience working in oncology, and has a strong interest in seeing care optimised for patients and their families.