18 April 2018
7:30PM - 8:55PM
END OF LIFE ISSUES
David W. Kissane AC, MD. MPM, FRANZCP, FAChPM, FAPM
Professor David W. Kissane, AC, MD is an academic psychiatrist, psycho-oncology researcher and palliative care physician. He is currently the Head of Psychiatry for Monash University, previously the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and, before that, the Foundation Chair of Palliative Medicine at the University of Melbourne. Professor Kissane consults clinically at Cabrini Health and Monash Health.
His academic interests include individual, group, couples and family psychotherapy trials, communication skills training, and the ethics of end-of-life care. He is best known for his model of family therapy delivered to ‘at risk’ families during palliative care.
At MSKCC, Prof. Kissane established a Communication Skills Training and Research Laboratory, which trained over 1000 clinicians. He is the author of over 350 publications, including the Oxford Textbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care, OUP 2017. Prof. Kissane has received many awards including the Klerman Award for Psychotherapy Research from Cornell University (2012). In 2018, Prof Kissane was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) “for eminent service to psychiatry, particularly psycho-oncology and palliative medicine”.
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