Josephine Clayton

Director of Palliative Care Research & Learning, The Palliative Centre

Josephine Clayton - Director, Centre for Learning & Research in Palliative CareDirector, The Palliative Centre


Professor Josephine Clayton is a Senior Staff Specialist Physician in Palliative Medicine for HammondCare’s Palliative and Supportive Care Service, based at Greenwich Hospital in Sydney and Professor of Palliative Care, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. She is Director of Palliative Care Research & Learning, The Palliative Centre, HammondCare.

Josephine leads a research program that aims to improve communication between patients, families and clinicians 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 also has a strong interest in teaching communication skills relevant to the care of patients with life-limiting illnesses.

Josephine is Director of the Advance Project, a national program funded by the Australian Government ( The Advance Project provides training and support for clinicians in primary and aged care settings to initiate conversations with their patients about palliative care and advance care planning. Josephine is passionate about finding ways to help improve the palliative care of patients and their families facing an advanced progressive life-limiting illness.