Prof Meera Agar is the Professor of Palliative Medicine, University of Technology Sydney (UTS); Director of Centre for Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation (IMPACCT), senior palliative care physician, and research lead for South West Sydney Local Health District Palliative Care Service.
She graduated in medicine with honours from the University of Adelaide. She obtained her Fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2004 in Palliative Medicine. In 2020, Professor Agar was appointed as Chair, Palliative Care Australia Board. She is the Chair of Cancer Symptoms Trials and Chair of SPHERE Palliative Care Clinical Academic Group. Her doctorate was awarded in the area of delirium in advanced illness. Her research and teaching have won numerous awards, including an Australian Learning & Teaching Council Citation, an Australian Award for University teaching and the European Association for Palliative Care Early Career Researcher Award. Prof. Agar is an experienced clinical researcher, with specific interests in the supportive care needs relating to the impacts of advanced illness on the brain and innovative models to integrate symptom management and support for people living with cancer. Meera leads a clinical research portfolio at UTS, including clinical trials and health service evaluation. She is leading current clinical trials in geriatric oncology, cachexia, medicinal cannabis, delirium prevention, malignant bowel obstruction and brain cancer supportive care. I am privileged to lead a team of world leading interdisciplinary researchers to create and use scientific evidence to create real-world, measurable change for people living with life limiting illness and their families. As an experienced Professor Of Palliative Medicine with expertise in the higher education industry I am passionate about building capacity and skills in the next generation of educators and researchers.
Professor of Palliative Medicine, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney
Palliative Care Research lead, Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research
Staff Specialist, South West Sydney Local Health District Palliative Care Service
Conjoint Associate Professor, South West Sydney Clinical School, University of New South Wales.
BOARD CHAIR, PALLIATIVE CARE AUSTRALIA