paCCSC: Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative projects

Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative is a national research collaborative in Australia, established to increase the research capacity of palliative care in Australia with a particular focus on clinical trials. Through this collaborative, several symptom control studies have been conducted in pain, nausea, bowel obstruction, dyspnea, constipation management.


University of Flinders, South Australia


Department of Health and Aging, South Australia

Principal Investigator/s

Chief Investigator: Prof David Currow,

Professor of Palliative and Supportive Services, Flinders University

Peter Mac Principal Investigator: A/Prof Odette Spruyt

Palliative care consultant


A/Prof Odette Spruyt

Email: [email protected]

Publications & presentations

Sanderson, C., Quinn SJ., Agar, M., Chye, R., Clark, K., Doogue, M., Fazekas, B., Lee, J., Lovell, MR., Rowett, D., Spruyt, O., Currow, DC., Pharmacovigilance in hospice/palliative care: net effect of pregabalin for neuropathic pain, BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care online, 2016

Hardy J, Spruyt O, Quinn S, Devilee L, Currow D. Implementing Practice Change In Chronic Cancer Pain Management – clinician response to a phase III study of ketamine. Internal Medicine Journal 2014. DOI: 10.1111/imj.12442

Spruyt O, Le B, Philip J. Integrating new evidence about an old drug: Growing pains as palliative medicine matures. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2013;46 (5) e3-e5

Sanderson C, Hardy J, Spruyt O, Currow D. Placebo and Nocebo Effects in Randomised Controlled Trials – The Implications for Research and Practice, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2013;46(5):722-730.