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Professor of General Practice and Palliative Care



Professional memberships and associations

  • Member DSMB committee Medicinal Cannabis for anorexia in advanced cancer. CIA Meera Agar
  • Member, Queensland Medicinal Cannabis Guidance Reference Group, Queensland Health

  • Member, European Association of Palliative Care Primary Care Working group

  • Co-chair, International Primary Palliative Care Network

  • BMJ regional board of Australian Fellows

  • Member, Therapeutic Guidelines Company (honorary, appointed position)

  • Member, data safety and monitoring committee, Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative

  • Palliative Care Stream Lead, Primary Care Cancer Clinical Trials Collaborative ( PC4)

  • Member, Scientific Committee, National PHC RIS conference committee

Current projects/grants

  • The Bern Palliative Care Trial (Bern-PCT): A cluster trial of palliative needs assessment and care in general practice. Swiss National Science Foundation: National Research Program
  • Embedding structured family meetings for patients with advanced disease into routine practice. Victorian Cancer Agency
  • Randomised controlled trial of Lung ultrasound protocol in the diagnosis of heart failure in emergency departments. Queensland Emergency Medicine Research Fund
  • Cluster randomised controlled trial of facilitated case conferencing versus usual care for improving end of life outcomes in aged care residents with advanced dementia and their families.  Australian Government Aged Care Service Improvement And Healthy Ageing Grants Flexible Fund
  • Tracking pathways at the end of life to improve health services for patients with advanced cancer and their carers. . Queensland Cancer Council
  • A randomised controlled trial of aetiology based anti-emetic guidelines for reducing nausea in advanced cancer patients. NHMRC Project Grant

Researcher biography

Professor Geoff Mitchell’s has specialist qualifications in General Practice and Palliative Medicine, a PhD in palliative care, and is a practicing GP. He has published 181 articles in peer reviewed journals as of February 2018.  His Scopus-H index of 25 from 151 articles, with a total of 2028 citations. The subject of his writings have been in the areas of palliative care and general practice, clinical treatment trials using n-of-1 methodology, health services research from a primary care perspective, and a wide array of subjects relating to his role as a mentor of clinically based colleagues. He is in demand nationally and internationally as a speaker on primary palliative care topics and n-of-1 trials and their application. He was a consultant to the Kingdom of Bahrain in the development of palliative care services.

Geoff has research grants worth $26.5m. His research has been in the areas of palliative care, primary care health services, particularly the relationship between primary care and specialist palliative care services, and the role of allied health in chronic disease management.

As well as expertise in mixed methods research, Geoff also has expertise in n-of-1 trials, particularly in palliative care and paediatrics, and in the conduct of health services research in the community, including community-based randomised controlled trials. He is a member of the Centre for Primary Care Research, and heads the Primary and Palliative Care Research Group within the centre. He is CIB in both an NHMRC CRE examining models of delivery of chronic disease management. (APP1001157), and an NHMRC CRE in End of Life Care (APP APP1061254).