Josephine Clayton appointed to palliative care directorship

HammondCare has appointed leading palliative care specialist, Associate Professor Josephine Clayton, as Director of the HammondCare Centre for Learning and Research in Palliative Care.

In announcing her appointment, General Manager, Health and Hospitals, Stewart James, said A/Prof Clayton is a highly regarded figure in the palliative care community, with a reputation for excellence as a palliative medicine physician, researcher, teacher and colleague.

“Josephine was the former head of Department of Palliative Medicine at Royal North Shore Hospital where she was instrumental in the planning and development of palliative care services across Northern Sydney,” Mr James said.

“Since joining HammondCare in 2011 she has solidified her reputation for excellence and credibility as a clinician, a caring patient advocate and devoted mentor of junior medical staff. Her commitment and dedication has impacted countless patients, families and colleagues.

“Her appointment is a well-deserved milestone in an already flourishing career.”

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A/Prof Clayton said she was excited to have the opportunity to help build a learning and research centre of excellence in palliative care, for HammondCare, that would improve end of life care in Australia and beyond.

“What fundamentally drives me is the desire to make a difference to the quality of life and wellbeing for people facing a life limiting illness and their families. I am passionate about research that has the potential to improve end of life care,” she said.

“Our teaching hospitals and relationship with the University of Sydney will allow us to help the next generation of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to improve their understanding of palliative care, especially when talking to their patients.

“In addition, HammondCare’s role in aged and dementia care, palliative care, and pain services, along with our links to primary care, puts us in a unique position to be at the forefront of translating and implementing research findings into practice. We have the opportunity to support other clinicians to assess and address the holistic palliative and supportive care needs of their patients.”

A/Prof Clayton leads an internationally recognised research program that aims to improve communication between health professionals, patients and their families in order to enhance palliative and end of life care. Her research has been published extensively in leading international journals in palliative care and oncology, and widely translated into clinical practice.

She is also the Director of the Commonwealth funded Advance Project for initiating palliative care and advance care planning in General Practice.

In addition, she has a strong interest and expertise in teaching communication skills relevant to the care of people with life limiting illnesses.

Professor Chris Poulos, Head of Research for HammondCare, strongly endorsed A/Prof Clayton's appointment.

"Having a person of Josephine's calibre to lead HammondCare's palliative care research efforts, and build national and international collaborations, further strengthens HammondCare's capacity to provide leadership in the delivery of end-of-life care," he said.

HammondCare is a leading provider of palliative care services in hospitals, aged care and the community, and has an extensive palliative care research and training program.

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