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Professor of Palliative Medicine, University of Technology Sydney

David Currow is Chief Cancer Officer and CEO of the Cancer Institute NSW. Prior to this he was the foundation Chief Executive Officer of Cancer Australia, the Australian Government's national cancer control agency. David initially trained as a physician in internal medicine with sub-speciality training in palliative medicine and he completed a Master of Public Health exploring changes in the reported incidence of cancer of unknown primary in NSW over a 25-year time period. Former roles include foundation Director of the Nepean Cancer Care Centre, Sydney and Area Director of Palliative Services Wentworth Area Health Service, Sydney.


  • 2016–present
    Matthew Flinders Distinguished {P, Flinders University
  • 2016–present
    Associate Director(Research), Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre
  • 2017–present
    Professor, Palliative Care Research, University of Hull
  • –present
    Honorary Professor, University of Sydney, School of Medicine
  • 2017–present
    Professor of Palliative Medicine, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2010–present
    Chief Cancer Officer and CEO, Cancer Institute New South Wales
  • 2000–2016
    Professor, Discipline, Palliative Medicine, Flinders University


  • 2014 
    Flinders University, PhD
  • 1997 
    University of Sydney, Masters of Public Health
  • 1988 
    University of Newcastle, Bachelor of Medicine