Professor Melanie Lovell is a Senior Staff Specialist Physician in Palliative Medicine and is the Medical Head of HammondCare’s palliative care service in Northern Sydney. She is Director of Clinical Trials at Greenwich Hospital. She is Clinical Associate Professor in Palliative Care at the University of Sydney’s Northern Clinical School and Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney.
Melanie’s research interests include palliative care, palliative care research including clinical trials and health systems research, pain research, cancer pain assessment and management, ethics, spirituality and translational research. She was the founding chair of the Working Party which develops and updates the Australian Cancer Pain Management Guideline on the Cancer Council Australia’s wiki platform and leads the Cancer Pain Research Group at HammondCare. She is lead investigator on a National Breast Cancer Foundation funded cluster randomised controlled trial of implementation strategies for the Australian Cancer Pain Guideline. Melanie is on the Trials Management Committee and Scientific Committee of the International Trials Group Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative, and on the Executive Committee of Sydney Vital Translational Cancer Research Centre.
She is also actively involved in teaching medical students palliative care, cancer pain assessment and management and spirituality. She is co-supervisor for PhD students. She is Head of the Translational Centre of Excellence in Pain and Palliative Care for Sydney Vital, and investigator with state (ImPaCCT) and national (PaCCSC) Palliative Care trials groups. She is widely published and contributes professionally to the executive of the Sydney Institute of Palliative Medicine and the Royal College of Physicians Spirituality Training Curriculum Working Group.