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  • Director of Palliative and Supportive Care Service, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
  • Adjunct Senior Lecturer, The University of Queensland


NZ Cert Science, M.B.ChB., FRACGP, FAChPM, Graduate Diploma Family Medicine (Monash University), Graduate Diploma Palliative Medicine (Universty of Wales) 

Professional memberships and associations

  • Chair Metro North End of Life Care Committee
  • Chair of the Queensland Palliative Medicine Training Pathway
  •  President of Australian New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine.
  • Member of the Council for International Collaborative Best Care of the Dying

Current projects/grants

  • National Safety and Quality Commission Study into End of Life in Acute HospitHospitals, a multisite study of death audits and staff surveys, to develop indicators end of life care.
  • Revision of the Queensland Health endorsed ‘Clinical Guidance for the Dying’ Document 

Researcher biography

Dr Douglas worked at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology in the area of Breast Cancer research before returning to NZ to study medicine. Here she was a General Practitioner before gaining Specialist qualifications in Palliative Medicine. After seven years at The Prince Charles Hospital Palliative Care unit as Staff Specialist and latterly Acting Director, she was appointed as Director, RBWH Palliative and Supportive Care Service in 2005.

Carol lived in Asia from 1993-99 for a number of years where her medical experience included managing the medical service, including evacuation services in China for expatriates, and supporting the development of Palliative Care services at the Queen Elizabeth Government Hospital Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. She has returned annually over the last 10 years to continue service support and clinical learning development and continues to support Asia Pacific and Indian Palliative Care development as a speaker.

Areas of research