Professor Gregory Crawford

Professor Gregory Crawford
 Position Professor of Palliative Medicine
 Org Unit Medical Specialties
 Telephone +61 8 8161 2499
 Location ,   Northern Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Biography/ Background

    Prof 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.”

  • Qualifications

    2008      Doctor of Medicine (MD)
                   Depression in palliative care in Australia: identification and assessment
                   Flinders University, Australia

    2000      Fellowship of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine (FAChPM)
                   Royal Australasian College of Physicians

      1999      Master of Primary Health Care – Palliative Care (MPHC)
                     Flinders University, Australia
      1989      Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)
                     Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
      1984      Diploma in Anaesthetics (DA)
                     Royal College of Surgeons, England
      1983      Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (DipRACOG)
      1980      Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
                     University of Adelaide, Australia

  • 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 Medical Program at the University of Adelaide. He also provides tutorials in the Master of Clinical and Health Psychology, and Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University. He chairs the Professionalism and Leadership (formerly Medical Professional & Personal Development) subcommittee of the Medical Program. This committee is also responsible for the teaching and assessment of professionalism.

  • 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.



  • Publications


    Joint Author

    Crawford GB. Psychological Symptoms. In MacLeod R, and Van den Block L. (Eds): Textbook of Palliative Care. Springer, Cham. Online ISBN 978-3-319-31738-0


    Ravenscroft P, Agar M, Boughey M, Cairns W, Chye R, Crawford GB, Glaetzer K, Hynson J, Mitchell G. Therapeutic Guidelines: Palliative Care. 3rd edition. Therapeutic Guidelines Melbourne 2010.


    Crawford GB. Pharmacists needed as part of the palliative care team. Australian Journal of Pharmacy 2008, 89(1060):24.


    Crawford GB, Brown M, Crockett AJ, Burgess TA, Brooksbank MA, Young M, Kralik D, Antic R, Taylor J & Hancock K. Developing a model of care for people with end stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and their carers. The University of Adelaide; 2011.

    Journal Articles

    Sole Author Refereed

    Crawford GB. Palliative Care on Kangaroo Island. The Australian Journal of Rural Health 2000; 8(1):35-40.


    Crawford GB. Nausea and vomiting in patients with cancer. Rural Practice 2001; 5(4):82-83.


    Crawford GB. Continuity of care: palliative care in the community. Cancer Forum 2002; 26(1):11-13.

    Sole Author Unrefereed

    Crawford GB. Neuropathic pain: the use of adjuvant analgesics. The South Australian Medical Review 1998; 11(11):36-37.


    Crawford GB. The role of chemotherapy & radiotherapy in palliative care. Newsdesk: Southern Division of General Practice 1999; 1(26):S1.


    Crawford GB. "The Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM)." Palliative Care News 2004 (Summer): 14-15.

    Crawford GB. Therapeutic Guidelines: Pallaitive Care version 2. Book Review. Australian Prescriber 2006; 29(3):79.

    Joint Author Refereed

    Crawford GB, Price SD. Team working: palliative care as a model of interdisciplinary practice. Medical Journal of Australia 2003; 179(6 Suppl): S32-S34.


    Robinson JA, Crawford GB. Identifying palliative care patients with symptoms of depression: an algorithm. Palliative Medicine 2005; 19(1):278-287.


    Ellis GK, Robinson JA, Crawford GB. When symptoms of disease overlap with symptoms of depression. Australian Family Physician 2006; 35(8):647-649.


    Crawford GB, Robinson JA. The Geriatric Depression Scale in palliative care. Palliative and Supportive Care 2008; 6(3):213-223.


    Mezzini T, Crawford GB. Borderline Personality Disorder: Challenges for the Palliative Care Team. The European Journal of Palliative Care 2009; 16(1):31-35.


    Crawford GB, Robinson JA, Hunt RW, Piller NB, Esterman A. Estimating survival in cancer patients receiving palliative care: Is analysis of body composition using bioimpedance helpful? The Journal of Palliative Medicine 2009; 12(11):1009-1014.


    Robinson JA, Crawford GB. Do palliative patients and carers agree about patients’ psychological functioning? Palliative and Supportive Care 2010; 8(1):69-74.


    Salins NS, Crawford GB. Intrathecal analgesia and palliative care: A case study. Indian Journal of Palliative Care 2010; 16(1):44-47.


    Currow DC, Farquhar M, Ward AM, Crawford GB, Abernethy AP. Caregivers' perceived adequacy of support in end-stage lung disease: results of a population survey. BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2011, 11:55.   


    Zambrano SC, Chur-Hansen A, Crawford GB. On the Emotional Connection of Medical Specialists Dealing with Death and Dying: A Qualitative Study of Oncologists, Surgeons, Intensive Care Specialists and Palliative Medicine Specialists. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 2012; 2(3):270-275.


    Brown M, Brooksbank MA, Burgess TA, Young M, Crawford GB. The experience of patients with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and advance care-planning: A South Australian perspective. Journal of Law and Medicine 2012, 20:400-409.


    Crawford GB, Brooksbank MA, Brown M, Burgess TA, Young M, The unmet needs of people with end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: recommendations for change in Australia. Internal Medicine Journal 2013, 43(2):183-190.


    Zambrano SC, Chur-Hansen A, Crawford GB. How do surgeons experience and cope with the death and dying of their patients?:  A qualitative study in the context of life-limiting illnesses. World Journal of Surgery 2013. DOI 10.1007/s00268-013-1948-2 Epub 19 Feb 2013.


    Burgess TA, Braunack Mayer A, Crawford GB, Beilby JJ. Meeting end-of-life care needs for people with chronic disease: palliative care is not enough. Medical Journal of Australia 2013, 198:186-187.


    Crawford GB, Burgess TA, Young M, Brooksbank MA, Brown M. A patient-centred model of care incorporating a palliative approach: A framework to meet the needs of people with advanced COPD? Progress in Palliative Care 2013. DOI: 10.1179/1743291X13Y.0000000053. Epub 21 March 2013.


    Ng F, Crawford GB, Chur-Hansen A. How do palliative medicine specialists conceptualize depression? Findings from a qualitative in-depth interview study Journal of Palliative Medicine 2013; 17(3) DOI:10.1089/jpm.2013.0378.


    Crawford GB, Agar M, Quinn S, Phillips J, Litster C, Michael N, Doogue M, Rowett D, Currow D. Pharmacovigilance in hospice/palliative care. Net effect of haloperidol for delirium. Journal of Palliative Medicine 2013, 16(11) 1335-1341.


    Burgess T, Young M, Crawford GB, Brooksbank MA, Brown M. Best practice care for people with advanced COPD: the potential role of a COPD Care Co-ordinator. Australian Health Review 2013; 37(4) 474-481.


    BurgessT, Braunack Mayer A, Crawford GB, Beilby JJ. Australian Health poilcy and end of life care for people with chronic disease: an analysis. Health Policy (2013),


    Ameer F, Crawford GB. "Barriers to the provision of optimal palliative care in a patient awaiting lung transplantation." Journal of Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine 2013, 3(3)


    Chur-Hansen A, Ramos Zambrano S, Crawford GB. Furry and Feathered Family Members--A Critical Review of Their Role in Palliative Care. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Published online 26 July2013, DOI:10.1177/1049909113497084


    Zambrano S, Chur-Hansen A, Crawford GB. The experiences, coping mechanisms and impact of death and dying on palliative medicine specialists. Palliative & Supportive Care 2013 DOI:10.1017/S1478951513000138


    Crawford GB, Robinson JA, Baker AEZ, Crail S. End stage kidney disease: A survey of recent research to support a palliative approach. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine 2014, 31(3): 331-337. DOI:10.1177/1049909113484383


    Ng F, Crawford GB, Chur-Hansen A. Palliative medicine specialists' causal explanations for depression in the palliative care setting: A qualitative in-depth interview study. BJM Supportive & Palliative Care bmjspcare-2013-000626 Published Online First: 28 April DOI:10.1136/bmjspcare-2013-000626


    Ng F, Crawford GB, Chur-Hansen A. Depression means different things: A qaulitative study of psychiatrists' conceptualisation of depression in teh palliative care setting. Palliative & Supportive Care Published Online First: 24 Oct 2014 doi: 10.1017/S1478951514001187


    Ng F, Crawford GB, Chur-Hansen A. Treatment approaches of palliative medicine specialists for depression in the palliative care setting: Findings from a qualitative, in-depth interview study. BMJ Supportive & Pallaitive Care 01/2015;DOI: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2014-000719


    Crawford GB, Zambrano S. Junior doctors' views on how their undergraduate clinical electives in palliative care influenced their current practice of medicine. Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. 2015, 90;(3):338-344.


    Crawford GB. Cancer pain and opioids – past, present, and future. Oncology & Hematology Review, 2015;11(1):56–7


    McMichael LC, Zambrano SC, Crawford GB. The physician as patient in palliative care: A retrospective case-note audit. Palliative Medicine, March 2016 doi: 10.1177/0269216316639774


    Ng F, Crawford GB, Chur-Hansen A. Palliative medicine specialists’ causal explanations for depression in the palliative care setting: A qualitative in-depth interview study. BMJ Supportive& Palliative Care 2016;6:178-185   doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2013-000626


    Ng F, Crawford GB, Chur-Hansen A. Treatment approaches of palliative medicine specialists for depression in the palliative care setting: Findings from a qualitative, in-depth interview study. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 2016;6:186-193   doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2014-000719

    Agar MR, Quinn SJ, Crawford GB, Ritchie CS, Phillips JL, Collier A, Currow DC. Predictors of mortality for delirium in palliative care. Journal of Palliative Medicine 2016. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2015.0416


    Dixit N, Crawford GB, Lemonde M, Rittenberg, Fernández-Ortega, P. Left Behind: Cancer Disparities in the Developed World. Supportive Care in Cancer, 2016; 24(8):3261-3264. doi: 10.1007/s00520-016-3192-4


    Zambrano S, Chur-Hansen A, Crawford GB. Attending patient funerals: Practices and attitudes of Australian medical practitioners. Death Studies, 2017; 41(2)78-86. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2016.1214631


    Philip, J., Crawford, GB, Brand, C, Gold, M, Miller, B, Hudson, P, Smallwood, N, Lau, R. A conceptual model: Redesigning how we provide palliative care for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  Palliative & Supportive Care

    2017 doi:10.1017/S147895151700044X


    Digges M, Hussein A, Wilcock A, Crawford GB, Boland JW, Agar MR, Sinnarajah A, Currow DC, Johnson MJ. Pharmacovigilance in Hospice/Palliative Care: Net Effect of Haloperidol for Nausea or Vomiting. Journal of Palliative Medicine  03 Aug 2017


    To TMH, Tait P, Morgan DD, Tieman JJ, Crawford GB, Michelmore A, Currow DC, Swetenham K. Case conferencing for palliative care patients – a survey of South Australian general practitioners.  Australian Journal of Primary Health 2017


    Dadich A, Collier A, Hodgins M; Crawford G. Using Positive Organizational Scholarship in healthcare and Video Reflexive Ethnography to examine positive deviance to New Public Management in healthcare. Qualitative Health Research. 2018 doi: 10.1177/1049732318759492


    Leong JPL, Crawford GB. Residential aged care residents and components of end of life care in an Australian hospital. BMC Palliative Care



















    Indian Association for Palliative Care Conference, Delhi, India

    Invited plenary speaker, Research and Publishing in Palliative Care, 23-25 February 2018



    Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 86th Annual Scientific Congress, Adelaide, Australia 8-12 May 2017

    Invited plenary "Ethical considerations in palliative cancer surgery"


    Australian National Palliative Care Conference, Adelaide, Australia 6-8 September 2017

    Chairman organising committee

    Chairman Scientific committee

    Session chair Meet the Experts

    Plenary chair

    Facilitator “Aged care and palliative care” panel discussion


    Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer International Symposium, Washington, USA, 22-24 June 2017.

    Session chair and member of Faculty


    National Myeloma Day Seminar, “Pain Management & Peripheral Neuropathy,” Myeloma Australia and the Leukaemia Foundation, Adelaide, Australia, 16 May 2017.


    Expanding Horizons Australian Pain Society conference Adelaide, Australia 9-12 April 2017

    Plenary presentation “Teaching medical students pain management in difficult end-of-life situations using simulation”



    Palliative Care NSW Biennial State Conference Broken Hill, Australia 13-15 October 2016

    Invited speaker, Clinical breakfast “Therapeutic Guidelines Palliative Care Version 4.”


    Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer International Symposium, Adelaide, Australia, 23-25 June 2016.

    Chair and presenter              End of Life Care Challenges Workshop

    Presentation                           Psychological impact on healthcare professionals of caring for dying patients


    Royal Australasian College of Physicians Congress, Adelaide, Australia, 16-18 May 2016

    Invited speaker                       Clinical update on Palliative Medicine


    Advance Care Planning Conference, Informa, Swissotel, Sydney 2 – 3 May 2016

    Plenary                                    Hearing the Voices of the Vulnerable in End-of-Life Care Planning


    Pain Adelaide Conference, National Wine Centre, Adelaide, 4 April 2016

    Plenary                                    Pain and palliative care


    Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer International Symposium, Copenhagen, Denmark 25-27 June 2015.

    Workshop presentation        Vulnerable cancer populations in Australia


    Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer International Symposium, Miami, USA 26-28 June 2014.

    Plenary                                    Cancer Pain and Opioids

    Chair and presenter              The Global Opioid Initiative: The under treatment of cancer pain Workshop


    20th Hospice New Zealand Palliative Care Conference, The Langham, Auckland, 13 – 16 November 2012.

    Plenary                                    Music to die for

    Plenary                                    Falling through the cracks? End of life care and chronic disease health policies


    The 5th Annual Australia’s Ageing Population Summit, Brisbane Marriott Hotel, 26 June 2009.

    Plenary                                    Preparing for demographic change and planning for the future


    Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, 34th Offshore conference, Stockholm, Sweden and Tallinn, Estonia,

                                                      24 April – 3 May 2009.

    Plenary                                    Pain management and the use of opioid and non-opioid analgesics in palliative care

    Plenary                                    Managing difficult symptoms in palliative care

    Plenary                                    The pharmacist's role in terminal care in the community

    Plenary                                    A palliative care case study – pharmacists are a vital part of the multi-disciplinary team.



    The Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy ConPharm ’08 Conference, Adelaide, 31 May 2008.

    Plenary                                    Pain and Palliative Care.

    Plenary                                    What does Palliative Care look like in 2008?


    Addressing the Healthcare Skills Crisis, Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour, Sydney, 27 March 2008.

    Plenary                                                  Collaborative team models for patient centred care : enabling effective use of available skills


    Rural Doctors Conference, Adelaide, 10 October 2007.

    Plenary                                    The knowledge and principles of Palliative Care


    Australian Pain Society Conference, Adelaide 2 April 2007.

    Plenary                                    Intrathecal interventions and Palliative Care


    7th Palliative Care Australia Conference Adelaide, 9-12 September 2003.

    Plenary                                                  Objective assessment of the trajectory of the course of illness for end of life non-cancer related diseases: Biological, social and environmental determinants


    Palliative Care WA Conference, Perth, WA, 18 November 2000.

    Plenary                                    Palliative Care on Kangaroo Island

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