Professor David Currow

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Health and Sustainable Futures and Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation
University of Wollongong

Professor David Currow FAHMS is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Health and Sustainable Futures) at the University of Wollongong. He is also currently Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation).  He is the former Chief Cancer Officer, New South Wales and the Chief Executive Officer of the Cancer Institute, NSW, the state’s cancer control agency. The agency responsible for prevention, screening, improved cancer services, and funding of research infrastructure. Before this, David was the foundation Chief Executive Officer of Cancer Australia, the Australian Government’s cancer control agency.  He is a Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor at Flinders University and more recently held the chair of Palliative Medicine at the University of Technology Sydney.

He is a previous president of Palliative Care Australia and, separately, the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia. In 2015, David received the Tom Reeve National Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cancer Care from the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia.

David is a widely published academic with research in symptom control, population burden of symptoms and health services research. David co-founded the Australian National Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (the first point-of-care national data collection for quality improvement in palliative care in the world) and the principle investigator of the national Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (the world’s largest phase II and III clinical trials team in palliative care globally).