Advisory Group

The role of the Advisory Group is to:
  • Provide guidance on the implementation of the Advance Project 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 Project.

Advisory Group Members

Josephine Clayton Josephine Clayton MBBS(Hons) FRACP FAChPM PhD
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 and Royal North Shore Hospitals in Sydney, and Associate Professor of Palliative Care at the University of Sydney. 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 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
Dr Joel Rhee is an Academic general practitioner with special interest in end-of-life care and advance care planning. Joel works as a Senior Lecturer at UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine where he co-convenes the final two years of the Medicine program and also convenes the General Practice course. 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 will contribute to the project by providing advice on the educational and training program and the screening tools that are to be used to assess supportive care needs in the primary care setting. He will also provide advice on project evaluation.
Jennifer Tieman Jennifer Tieman BSc(Hons), MBA, PhD
Associate Professor Jennifer Tieman is a Flinders University researcher and the Director of the CareSearch project and website ( CareSeaerch 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.
Jane Phillips Jane Phillips RN PhD
Professor Jane Phillips is the Director of the Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care and Professor of Nursing (Palliative Care) 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. She has the capacity to navigate the complex interplay between the clinical, research, policy and professional environments.
Geoff Mitchell Geoff Mitchell MBBS PhD FRACGP FAChPM 
Professor Geoff Mitchell is Professor of General Practice and Palliative Care. 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.
Karen Detering Karen Detering MBBS FRACP
Dr Karen Detering is the Medical Director of the Advance Care Planning (ACP) Department at Austin Health, a leading Australian ACP program. She is a respiratory physician and clinical ethicist. Austin Health’s ACP program works with a range of stakeholders in the areas of ACP education, implementation, evaluation and research. The program liaises with a variety of people including consumers, health professionals, peak bodies and government; and focuses on enabling ACP in a variety of settings including acute care, community and aged care, and primary care. The main focus of Austin Health’s ACP department is to improve the Australian population’s ability to access quality ACP resources and services. She has a number of publications in the field, including the 2010 BMJ landmark paper, entitled “The impact of advance care planning on end of life care in elderly medical patients: randomised controlled trial.”
Rachel Morton Rachael Morton MScMed(Clin Epi)(Hons) PhD
Associate Professor Morton is a health economist 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 Project is to lead the economic evaluation of the program and its implementation.
Liz Reymond Liz Reymond MBBS(Hons), FRACGP, FAChPM, PhD
Professor Liz Reymond holds the position of Deputy Director, Metro South Palliative Care Services (MSPCS). MSPCS provides inpatient, outpatient and community-based care across Metro South Health (MSH) Brisbane, with a catchment population of over one million. She is also Director of the Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative, the research and education arm of MSPCS. Her research interests include symptom management in palliative care patients and palliative care service delivery and development.
Tim Shaw Tim Shaw BSc PhD
Professor Tim Shaw is the inaugural Professor of eHealth and Director of Research in Implementation Science and eHealth Group (RISe) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney. He is an internationally recognised leader in the impact of technology on healthcare and translation of evidence into practice and policy. He works at the interface between quality improvement, professional development and implementation science to ensure the rapid and sustained uptake of innovation in the health sector. He will contribute his expertise in incorporating the best available evidence in online education for health professionals.

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 a Reader in Palliative Medicine at the Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London, 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 experienced in development and use of outcomes, especially development of the Integrated Palliative Care (or Patient) Outcome Scale (see She has led analytical modelling work commissioned by the UK Department of Health and is currently working on evaluating complexity in palliative care, and mapping needs, service provision, and outcomes. She is 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.
Jane Seymour Professor Jane Seymour RN, BA(Hons), MA, PhD
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 Project 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 ACP, 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.
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 ( 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 Clinical Senior Lecturer (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 Project. 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 Project. 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.

Last updated 24 August 2016