The Alumni Medal was instituted in 1987, and is awarded to a graduate with an outstanding record of professional excellence in leadership, knowledge and/or professional practice.
Chief Executive Officer Cancer Institute New South Wales New South Wales Chief Cancer Officer Bachelor of Medicine (1988)
Newcastle-born medical specialist Professor David Currow is the CEO of the Cancer Institute of NSW and Chief Cancer Officer in NSW. He is a Professor of Palliative and Supportive Services at Flinders University (SA) and an Honorary Professor of Sydney University and the University of Technology, Sydney.
David’s career has been an exercise in commitment to improving the quality of care for people at the end of their lives. His impact is evident in policy and service development, research and teaching throughout Australia and the world.
With more than 240 publications to his name, David was recently rated one of the top 10 most published palliative care researchers in the world. He and four other editors are currently working on the next edition of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, the highest-selling textbook in the field.
David is the principal investigator on the Australian government-funded Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative, the world’s largest clinical trials group in palliative care.
In recognition of his contribution to palliative care, David was invited to present the 2011 Dame Cicely Saunders Oration at the Kings College, London.