Professor Gregory Crawford
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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.”
Professor 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.
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 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.