Kangaroo Island's former GPs are heading Palliative Care in the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide.

Dr John Maddison, Divisional Director NALHN, Prof Greg Crawford and Dr Lawrie Palmer, Medical Head of Northern Adelaide Palliative Service.
Dr John Maddison, Divisional Director NALHN, Prof Greg Crawford and Dr Lawrie Palmer, Medical Head of Northern Adelaide Palliative Service.

Kangaroo Islanders may remember their former general practitioner Greg Crawford who left Kangaroo Island in 1997 to specialise in palliative medicine, after 12 years in practice on the Island with Drs Bruce Alcorn and Peter Jeffries.

Greg is now a Senior Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Director of Research and Education with Northern Adelaide Palliative Service (NAPS) and has just been promoted to Professor of Palliative Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide.

A celebration was recently organised by Dr John Maddison, the Divisional Director to acknowledge this achievement.  

He said that Professor Greg Crawford is the first person from the Division of Aged Care, Rehabilitation and Palliative Care in the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network to be promoted to Professor.

He pointed out that Professor Crawford is still a full-time clinician working with the palliative care team that looks after the northern suburbs of Adelaide.

There is a strong Kangaroo Island connection in the Palliative Care team.

Dr Lawrie Palmer, the Medical Head of Northern Adelaide Palliative Service, grew up in Kingscote and went to school at Kingscote Area School in the late 1960s.

Dr Palmer has been the Director of Modbury Palliative Care since 2005 and was appointed as Medical Head of Unit for the amalgamated Northern Palliative Service in December 2012.

Greg joined his team in February 2015, after senior leadership and academic positions in other regions of Adelaide.

Dr Palmer said that he is very pleased to have Professor Crawford working with his team.

Greg has brought a great sense of maturity to our practice and has developed an active research program within the multi-disciplinary team.

Greg has recently been awarded a prestigious NHMRC Partnership Grant that will provide valuable evidence to improve the care of vulnerable people at the end of their lives.  

Both Dr Palmer and Professor Crawford are the first in their families to attend University.