Gregory Crawford

Professor Gregory Crawford

Professor of Palliative Medicine

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Professor Greg Crawford is a practicing palliative medicine physician and was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine by thesis from Flinders University in 2008. He has clinical responsibilities with Northern Adelaide Palliative Service at Modbury and Lyell McEwin Hospitals. His thesis was “Depression in palliative care in Australia: identification and assessment.”

Prof Crawford has teaching and administrative responsibilities at the University of Adelaide. He coordinates and teaches palliative care, pain management and symptom management in all the years of the undergraduate Medical Program at the University of Adelaide. He also provides tutorials in the Master of Health Psychology, Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Master of Surgical Sciences at the University. He chairs the Medical Professional & Personal Development subcommittee of the Medical Program, including recently reviewing the teaching of indigenous issues, communication, ethics, and medical law components of the Medical Program. This committee is also responsible for the teaching and assessment of professionalism.

Prof Crawford's major research activities are into the psychological issues for people and their carers, as the end of life approaches, as well as clinicians. He has particular interest in not only end-stage cancer, but also the issues for people with non-malignant disease. He has recently lead an NHMRC funded study into the end of life issues for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and is involved in research about heart failure, neurological disease and end-stage renal disease at the end of life. Current PhD students have projects considering explanatory models of depression in psychiatrists, palliative medicine physicians and patients; the way that medical specialists deal with death and dying when their patients die; the role of the health system in chronic disease management and the transition to end of life; and the meaning of suffering in palliative care. These PhD studies and previously funded NHMRC studies have provided Professor Crawford with skills in running research projects both with quantitative and qualitative components.

Research Interests

Prof Crawford's major research activities are into the psychological issues for people and their carers, as the end of life approaches, as well as clinicians. He has particular interest in not only end-stage cancer, but also the issues for people with non-malignant disease. He has recently lead an NHMRC funded study into the end of life issues for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and is involved in research about heart failure, neurological disease and end-stage renal disease at the end of life. Current PhD students have projects considering explanatory models of depression in psychiatrists, palliative medicine physicians and patients; the way that medical specialists deal with death and dying when their patients die; the role of the health system in chronic disease management and the transition to end of life; and the meaning of suffering in palliative care. These PhD studies and previously funded NHMRC studies have provided Professor Crawford with skills in running research projects both with quantitative and qualitative components.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 Professor of Palliative Medicine University of Adelaide
    2015 Senior Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Director of Research & Education Northern Adelaide Local Health Network
    2011 Associate Professor of Palliative Medicine University of Adelaide
    2011 - 2015 Senior Consultant in Palliative Care Royal Adelaide Hospital / Central Adelaide Palliative Care Service
    2011 - 2012 Interim Medical Director Mary Potter Hospice Calvary Hospital
    2010 Director of Palliative Care Adelaide Health Service Central and Northern
    2008 - 2010 Senior Consultant in Palliative Care Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2017 Recognition Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences medal University of Adelaide Australia
    2017 Award Outstanding Contribution Prize for Clinical Teaching at Lyell McEwin Hospital Northern Adelaide Local Health Network Australia
    2016 Award Outstanding Contribution Prize for Clinical Teaching at Lyell McEwin Hospital Northern Adelaide Local Health Network Australia
    2015 Award Outstanding Contribution Prize for Clinical Teaching at Lyell McEwin Hospital
    2013 Award Professor Derek Frewin AO Citation for Clinical Teaching
    2011 Teaching Award Professor Derek Frewin AO Citation for Clinical Teaching
    2011 Award Professor Derek Frewin AO Citation for Clinical Teaching
    2000 Scholarship E. Harold Davies Scholarship (Pipe Organ)
    2000 Scholarship Paul Howard Martin Scholarship (Pipe Organ)
    2000 Scholarship Josephine Christiansen Organ Scholarship
    1995 Scholarship Elder Scholarship (Pipe Organ)
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
    Flinders University Australia Master of Primary Health Care – Palliative Care (MPHC)
    Flinders University Australia Doctor of Medicine (MD)
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    0 Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (DipRACOG) Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstet &Gynae Australia
    0 Diploma in Anaesthetics (DA) Royal College of Surgeons of England United Kingdom
    0 Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Gene Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Australia
    0 Fellowship of the Australasian Chapter of Palliati Royal Australasian College of Physicians Australia
    0 A Mus A (Piano performance) Australian Music Board Australia
    0 LTCL (Piano performance) Trinity College United Kingdom
Grant Sources
TOTAL    
$307,770.45
$66,572.45 in last 5 years

Brilliance in Palliative Care.

Crawford GB,

Modbury Hospital Foundation Awarded Jan 2016 

$10,000

Collier A, Crawford GB

Flinders University Innovation Grant                                                                                                             

Hearing the voices of the vulnerable in end-of-life care planning.

$8,000

Crawford GB, Burgess T, Eliott J, Richards B, Chong A, Faulkner D, Zivkovic T.

Northern Community Health Foundation Awarded May 2015  

$25,000

Borderline Personality Disorder – improved health professional interactions for BPD mental health carers

K Powell, GB Crawford et al 2014/2015 Student scholarship Dec 2014 Ms Jasmine Flavell

$1200

Borderline Personality Disorder and primary health care gaps’

K Powell, GB Crawford et al 2014

Flinders University to conduct general practitioner research through focus groups    

$4000

Experiences of the Admission Process into Hospice Care

GB Crawford 2014

Mary Potter Foundation

$2160

Northern Communities Visiting Professor 2015; Prof Merryn Gott, University of Auckland

GB Crawford, T Burgess

University of Adelaide

$7500

Perceived long-term impact of a palliative medicine attachment in high- performing medical students.

Crawford GB

Mary Potter Foundation grant 2013 

$3,240

Formalising palliative care learning and assessments for undergraduate medical students.

Crawford GB

Palliative Care Curriculum for Undergraduates (PCC4U) innovation grant

2012 Total $4974.75 + GST 

$5,472.45

Informing the development of a model of care for patients with end stage COPD: what are their care needs and are they being met

Crawford GB, Brown MA, Crockett A, Burgess T, Brooksbank MA.

NHMRC Palliative Care Research Program; Round 3 519359 2009

2009 $39,725  2010 $9,700                                                                                       

Principal Investigator

$49,425

The objective assessment of the trajectory of illness in palliative patients

Piller N, Maddocks I, Hunt RW, Esterman A, Crawford GB.

NHMRC Palliative Care Strategic Program   219152 2002

Co-investigator

$120,000

Improving pain management in palliative care: Academic detailing for GP vs patient

Abernethy A, Phillips P, Currow DC, Crawford GB, Esterman A.

Research Project Grant 2002 Application No. 185

Funding Anti Cancer Foundation of South Australia 2002

Co-investigator   

$59,373

Assessment of depression in palliative patients: Development and implementation of a screening tool: Daw House and community patients

Robinson JA, Crawford GB, Ellis G.

Anti Cancer Foundation Student Vacation Scholarship Ref CG/26/0 2000

Co-investigator    

$1,200

Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Awarded to GB Crawford September 1999

Administered by Palliative Care Australia funded by Pharmacia & Upjohn 1999

Principal Investigator 

$10,000

Terminal Care on Kangaroo Island

Crawford GB

Research Grant from South Australian Health Commission 1996

Principal Investigator    

$1,200

 

Teaching Interests

Prof Crawford has teaching and administrative responsibilities at the University of Adelaide. He coordinates and teaches palliative care, pain management and symptom management in all the years of the undergraduate Medical Program at the University of Adelaide. He also provides tutorials in the Master of Health Psychology, Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Master of Surgical Sciences at the University. He chairs the Medical Professional & Personal Development subcommittee of the Medical Program, including recently reviewing the teaching of indigenous issues, communication, ethics, and medical law components of the Medical Program. This committee is also responsible for the teaching and assessment of professionalism.

Since 2008, I have coordinated all of the palliative care input to the medical program. Since that time I have reviewed and updated the content. I provide 5 lectures in Years 1 and 2 covering introduction to palliative care particularly in the community, pain as a symptom, a lecture on symptom control (nausea, vomiting and constipation) that coincides with a problem-based learning case of colorectal cancer, a case-based lecture about breast cancer and alternate therapies and possible adverse outcomes including death, and the issues associated with malignancy of the brain. This provides a tangible teaching strand of palliative care issues that is coordinated with the students’ problem-based small group case. I have rebuilt lectures in collaboration with the Medicine Learning & Teaching Unit staff using a flipped classroom format. I coordinate tutorials in the School of Medicine Teaching Series in Year 4 and 5. These are tutorials in small groups based on case scenarios. Since 2009 I have changed the tutor structure so that there are 2 tutors from different disciplines for each group and increased the number of groups and reduced the group size by increasing the number of tutors, who are all clinicians. I have developed learning objectives and revised the cases to develop discussion about assessment skills and working practically in a clinical team, Advance Care Directives, and goals of care discussions. In Year 4 the topic is pain and tutors are chronic pain and palliative medicine physicians. In Year 5 the topic is Decision-making at the end of life. The tutors are intensive care and palliative medicine physicians. This is a novel model that provides a real example of cross-discipline teamwork and explores how this can work in clinical practice. In Year 6 in the Transition to Internship series I have developed an interactive “Writing death certificates” module. There is an online lecture with exemplars and then case scenarios for practice before the session. The tutorial uses role-playing and humour as well as immediate feedback about student endeavours to complete cause of death certificates.

In 2015 I piloted a new initiative in Year 5 as part of Anaesthesia, Pain Medicine & Intensive Care in the “Pain week” segment. I have written this course and it is provided in the simulation laboratory. There is currently comprehensive communication training in Years 1 to 3. However, the Medical Professional and Personal Development Committee, which I chair, recognised a gap in reinforcing and developing advanced skills in communication once students are more involved in clinical learning. I have refashioned two afternoon sessions. Previously these were large group tutorials about pain. Now, over the year, all Year 5 students spend these two afternoons in groups of 2 or 3 with a tutor and 4 standardised patient scenarios. The 4 case scenarios build a progressive communications strategy that integrates communication strategies and clinical scenarios that generally relate to pain. I have recorded video exemplars that are viewed before the session. This course now integrates end-of-life legal aspects with advanced skill training in discussing limits of medical treatment and symptom control, the trajectory of illness, prognosis and approaching death.  The simulation sessions occur on two days in the same week with increasing difficulty. Tutors provide feedback to assist in the development of advanced communication skills. In 2016 I have extended this program with the innovative addition of video-conferencing to the rural Med 5 students. This allows all the rural students to participate in this program and is now providing a pilot for teaching clinical video conferencing skills that will undoubtedly be important in developing new models of clinical care in Australia. This now allows formal assessment of this material as it is delivered to the entire cohort of Year 5 students. I have provided student evaluations in this document in the SELTS section and have already used some of the comments to modify the course. I now have University of Adelaide ethics approval to formally evaluate this program from 2016, allowing not only more comprehensive assessment of the program but also publication of teaching endeavours.

I have been responsible for all the student attachments in Mary Potter Hospice from 2008 to 2014. I now coordinate student attachments in Northern Adelaide Palliative Service based at Modbury Hospital. An evaluation from the Mary Potter student attachments is included in this Evidence of Achievement, which demonstrates the high satisfaction and regard for these attachments. I have provided most of the teaching and clinical supervision of these students and coordinated their clinical exposure to inpatient, community, and clinic consultation. These are highly prized attachments and the evaluations and a recent published study supports this assertion. This work was published in Academic Medicine in December 2014. Since moving my clinical responsibilities to the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network in February 2015, I now coordinate the clinical attachments in the Northern Palliative Care Service and have initiated a consistent orientation document, consistent information about useful resources including a workbook that I wrote with support from a Commonwealth grant, and am initiating consistent clinical and tutorial opportunities as well as consistent assessment across all the sites of palliative care student attachments as part of the Medical Program at the University of Adelaide, i.e. at The Queen Elizabeth Palliative Care ward, Mary Potter Hospice and Modbury Palliative Care Inpatient Unit.

This is the workbook that uses live links to evidence-based websites and other sources of information. https://curriculum.adelaide.edu.au/groups/common/Palliative%20Care%20Clinical%20Attachment%20Workbook.pdf

 

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  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2010 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Chronic Disease Management along the Continuum of Care: The Role of the Health System in Supporting People with End Stage Chronic Illness Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Teresa Burgess
    2009 - 2012 Co-Supervisor On Dealing with Death and Dying: A Qualitative Study of the Experiences of Surgeons, Oncologists, Intensive Care and Palliative Medicine Specialists Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Sofia Carolina Zambrano Ramos
    2009 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Medical Concepts of Depression in the Palliative Care Setting: Perspectives from Palliative Medicine Specialists and Psychiatrists Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Felicity Ng
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Psychological and pharmacological interventions for the treatment of depression in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. University of Adelaide PhD Doctorate Full Time Justyna Pollok
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  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2016 - ongoing Chair Palliative Care South Australia Palliative Care South Australia Australia
    2014 - ongoing Vice-Chair Palliaitve Care South Australia Inc Australia
    2006 - ongoing Member CareSearch National Advisory Group Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing President Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine Royal Australasian College of Physicians Australia
    2016 - ongoing Chair Clinical Governance Committee GP Palliative Shared Care Program
    2016 - ongoing Vice-President Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine Royal Australasian College of Physicians Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member College Policy & Advocacy Committee Royal Australasian College of Physicians
    2016 - ongoing Chair Board of Management Palliative Care South Australia Inc
    2015 - ongoing Member GP Shared care Steering Committee GP partners General Practice Shared care program Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member Year 6 Committee University of Adelaide
    2015 - 2016 Member Steering Committee GP Palliative Shared Care Program
    2015 - ongoing Member Editorial Panel “Therapeutic Guidelines: Palliative Care 4th edition
    2014 - ongoing Member National Advisory Committee Palliative Care Australia Australia
    2014 - ongoing Member National Advisory Committee Palliative Care Australia
    2014 - 2016 Co-Chair Board of Management Palliative Care South Australia Inc
    2014 - ongoing Chair Academic Progress Committee University of Adelaide
    2013 - ongoing Member National Supportive and Palliative Care Advisory Committee Lung Foundation Australia Australia
    2013 - ongoing Member National Supportive and Palliative Care Advisory Committee
    2013 - 2016 Member Advisory Panel Palliative Care South Australia Inc
    2008 - ongoing Chair Medical Professional and Personal Advisory Committee University of Adelaide Australia
    2008 - ongoing Chair Medical Professional and Personal Development Advisory Committee University of Adelaide
    2008 - ongoing Member Curriculum Committee University of Adelaide
    2008 - ongoing Member Year 4/5 Committee University of Adelaide
    2006 - ongoing Member National Advisory Group CareSearch Knowledge Network
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Member Therapeutic Guidelines Therapeutic Guidelines Australia
  • Position: Professor of Palliative Medicine
  • Phone: 81612499
  • Email: gregory.crawford@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8161 2169
  • Campus: Northern Adelaide Local Health Network
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