Brian is the director of Palliative Care at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, including the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and The Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Brian is a specialist in both Palliative Medicine and Medical Oncology, and is a Professor (Clinical) in the Department of Medicine at The University of Melbourne.
Brian is co-chair of the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative, the largest international clinical trials group researching a range of treatments for palliative care symptoms. He is a past Chair of the Training Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, responsible for training of all palliative medicine specialists in Australia and New Zealand. Brian is involved with many other Commonwealth and State governmental and not-for-profit organisations concerning Palliative Care, and is a past chairperson of Palliative Care Victoria.
Brian has published over 95 peer reviewed scientific papers and book chapters, is involved with research in the areas of palliative and supportive care, including clinical trials of novel therapies, and research into palliative care integration and benefits for patients and carers.