Meet the Advisory Group

The role of the Advisory Group is to:

  • Provide guidance on the implementation of the Advance ProjectTM to ensure a successful outcome.
  • Provide expert advice and input into the development of the content of toolkit and training resources.
  • Provide expert advice and input into the evaluation process.
  • Provide advice to ensure quality management for the Advance ProjectTM.

Advisory Group Members

Josephine Clayton Josephine Clayton MBBS(Hons) FRACP FAChPM PhD
Professor Josephine Clayton is the Chair of the Advisory Group and the Project Director. She is a Palliative Care Physician working for HammondCare, based at Greenwich Hospital in Sydney; Professor of Palliative Care at the University of Sydney and Director of HammondCare’s Centre for Learning & Research in Palliative Care. She has extensive clinical experience in providing palliative care and discussing advance care planning with people with a variety of chronic and debilitating conditions. She leads a research program that aims to improve health professional/patient/family communication in order to enhance palliative and end-of-life care. She is currently contributing to various projects aimed at facilitating earlier consideration of advance care planning and/or palliative and supportive care. Josephine’s research has been published widely in leading international journals in palliative care and oncology, and translated widely into clinical practice. She has a strong interest in teaching communication skills relevant to the care of patients with life limiting illnesses.

Dr Joel Rhee Joel Rhee BSc(Med) MBBS(Hons) GradCertULT PhD FRACGP
Associate Professor Joel Rhee is an Academic general practitioner with special interest in end-of-life care and advance care planning. Joel has an academic appointment at the University of Wollongong where he is involved in research and teaching of medical students. His PhD examined the role of advance care planning in the Australian primary care context, and his subsequent research has focused on both primary palliative care and advance care planning. Joel works clinically as a GP at the HammondCare Centre for Positive Ageing and Care. He contributes to the Advance ProjectTM by leading the stakeholder engagement with general practice organisations and assisting with the development of educational materials for GPs and registrars.


Jennifer Tieman Jennifer Tieman BSc(Hons), MBA, PhD
Professor Jennifer Tieman is a Flinders University Fellow, and the Director of the CareSearch project and website (www.caresearch.com.au). CareSearch is a national project which provides palliative care resources for health professionals and the community. She has a particular interest in the fields of palliative care, digital health and implementation science.

Geoff Mitchell Geoff Mitchell MBBS PhD FRACGP FAChPM 
Professor Geoff Mitchell is Professor of General Practice and Palliative Care at The University of Queensland. He is a practicing GP whose main academic interests are in palliative care research, and the general practice care of chronic and complex medical problems in primary care. He has published widely and is Chief Investigator on several grants around palliative care and chronic disease management in primary care, and the conduct of community based clinical trials.

Elizabeth Halcomb Elizabeth Halcomb RN BN(Hons) PhD FACN
Professor Elizabeth Halcomb is Professor of Primary Health Care Nursing at the University of Wollongong, Australia. She is an experienced academic nurse leader who is committed to developing researchers in both academia and the clinical setting. Professor Halcomb leads a strong research program in primary care nursing, with particular emphasis on nursing in general practice, chronic disease and nursing workforce issues.

Jane Phillips Jane Phillips RN BN Grad Dip Health Promotion PhD FACN
Professor Jane Phillips is the Chair of Palliative Nursing, and Director of the Centre for Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical research and Translation (IMPACCT) at UTS. She has an in depth understanding of palliative care and experience in delivering best evidence-based palliative care across diverse settings, including rural and regional Australia, and considerable expertise in leading and evaluating complex health service reforms. Jane has led a number of major cancer and palliative care reform initiatives at local and national levels and published her work extensively. She has the capacity to navigate the complex interplay between the clinical, research, policy and professional environments.

Karen Detering Karen Detering MBBS FRACP
Dr Karen Detering is the Medical Director of Advance Care Planning Australia and is a nationally and internationally-renowned expert in advance care planning. Karen is a respiratory physician and clinical ethicist and has specialised in advance care planning for over 14 years. Karen works with a range of national, state and local stakeholders in the areas of education, implementation, evaluation and research to ensure all Australians are supported and empowered to undertake advance care planning and express their values and preferences for current and future health care. Karen has shared her expertise across a range of boards and advisory groups including the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services Advance Care Planning advisory group, the Victorian End of Life and Palliative Care Framework - Implementation Advisory Group, the International Society of Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care and the Victorian Department of Health Medical Treatment and Planning Decisions Act 2016 implementation group.

Rachel Morton Rachael Morton MScMed(Clin Epi)(Hons) PhD
Associate Professor Rachael Morton is Director of Health Economics at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney and an international leader in the economic evaluation of treatments in cancer and chronic kidney disease. She has a PhD in Health Economics from the University of Sydney, and her research program focuses on the incorporation of patient-centred and economic outcomes into clinical trials that facilitate policy decision-making on the basis of cost-effectiveness. Her role in the Advance ProjectTM is to lead the economic evaluation of the program and its implementation.

Virginia Lewis Virginia Lewis BA(Hons) MA PhD
Associate Professor Virginia Lewis is the Director of the Australian Institute for Primary Care & Ageing (AIPCA) at La Trobe University, Melbourne. A/Prof Lewis is a health services researcher and evaluator with more than 25 years of experience. She has a particular interest in applied research in the areas of primary health, mental health, and healthy ageing, with a focus on evaluation of policies and programs implemented within complex systems. She is frequently commissioned to work with organisations who wish to develop robust, program-logic or theory-based frameworks that can be used for ongoing strategic development as well as evaluation and monitoring. A/Prof Lewis has extensive experience in quantitative and qualitative methods, with a particular interest in psychometrics. A/Prof Lewis is a Chief Investigator on a Canadian-Australian research program exploring access to primary health care for vulnerable populations, and on an NHMRC study seeking to improve access to primary health care for refugees.

International Advisory Group Members

Fliss Murtagh Fliss Murtagh FRCP MRCGP PhD
Dr Fliss Murtagh qualified in medicine in the UK in 1986. She worked in general practice for almost 10 years, and then undertook specialist training in palliative medicine. She is now Professor of Palliative Care at Hull York Medical School, University of Hull, UK. She is experienced in providing palliative care to a wide range of people with far advanced disease and their families, and has published extensively on palliative and end-of-life care needs, especially for older people and those with advanced kidney disease. She is also experienced in development and use of outcomes, especially development of the Integrated Palliative Care (or Patient) Outcome Scale (see www.pos-pal.org). She is currently working on evaluating complexity in palliative care, and mapping needs, service provision, and outcomes; co-leading a UK National Institute for Health Research-funded project to validate a case-mix classification for palliative care, and test different models of care.

Scott Murray Scott Murray MBChB MD FRCGP FRCP
Professor Scott Murray is the St. Columba’s Hospice Chair of Primary Palliative Care at Edinburgh University, Scotland. He chairs the International Primary Palliative Care Network. Scott recently led a European Association of Palliative Care Taskforce to produce the Toolkit for national palliative care development in the community, now translated to French and German. He has helped develop a validated tool to help generalists identify patients for palliative care, which is now used in many countries (http://www.spict.org.uk/the-spict/). Scott's vision is that good palliative care should be available to everyone everywhere by generalists supported by specialists. He leads the Primary Palliative Care Research Group at the University of Edinburgh. 

Kirsty boyd Kirsty Boyd MBChB, FRCP(Ed), MMedSci(Clinical Education), PhD
Dr Kirsty Boyd is a Consultant in Palliative Medicine (NHS Lothian) and Honorary Reader (Primary Palliative Care Research Group, The University of Edinburgh). She is a palliative medicine specialist, medical educator and clinical researcher and so brings a broad range of expertise to the Advance ProjectTM. Since 2010, she has been developing the Supportive and Palliative Care Indicators Tool (SPICTTM), which is used to help clinicians identify people whose health is deteriorating, for assessment of holistic palliative care needs and future care planning. This tool is being used as part of the Advance ProjectTM. Dr Boyd also leads an internationally recognised postgraduate programme called Effective Communication for Healthcare which provides resources and training to help improve communication about deteriorating health, death and dying.

Jane Seymour Jane Seymour RN, BA(Hons), MA, PhD
Professor Jane Seymour is Professor of Palliative and End of Life Care within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Sheffield, UK. She is pleased to be involved in the Advance ProjectTM as an advisor, drawing on her research in advance care planning. This includes the development of a model of peer education in advance care planning issues for older people, aspects of which were taken forward by the English National End of Life Care Programme. She is the lead author of a national guide to advance care planning, capacity and care planning, distributed to every health care trust in England. She has published widely across the social science, nursing and palliative care press.