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  Street address:
Level 11, KGV Building
Missenden Road
Postal address:
Post Office Box M30
Missenden Road NSW 2050

Phone: (02) 9515-6111
Fax: (02) 9515-9610

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Palliative Care

Our Research

Dr Cigolini presented at the Australia and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine Conference (ANZSPM) held in Perth (8-11th of September 2016) a clinical audit which was prepared for publication submission as both a poster and oral presentation, titled 'The utility of Palliative Medicine Screening Criteria (PMSC) to trigger the use of Palliative care interventions, toward influencing the quality of care of those dying in the ICU: A clinical audit of deaths in a large Australian metropolitan tertiary referral hospital ICU, and associated literature review.' conducted here at RPAH in 2015. Co-investigator was Dr Victor Sze, an advanced trainee in our department at the time.

Dr Cigolini/RPAH department have joined the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC) and the Australian Lung cancer Trials Group (ALTG) an Australia wide collaborative as a site for multicentre collaborative trials, for future opportunity in involvement in multicentre clinical trials.

We are a site for the multicentre PEARL study (NHMRC Clinical Trial) a collaboration between the ALTG and PaCCSC and the NHMRC Clinical trials Centre, University of Sydney. This is a randomised phase 3 trial of Palliative care Early in Advanced Lung Cancers. Dr Cigolini is one of the investigators for our site.

Dr Mohabatti and Cigolini are consultants in Palliative Medicine at RPA. Dr Mohabatti was awarded the 2015 Dean's prize in research by the ANZCA.

The Department has devised a Haematology Supportive Care Plan in collaboration with the Alfred in Melbourne, piloted at RPA. We are presently applying to the ImPaCCT group for involvement in the NSW government approved clinical trials in the use of medicinal cannabis for refractory pain and nausea, and the improvement of mood in palliative patients.

We welcome JRMO's & Medical students who may interested in clinical projects with us.

Key Achievements

  • Dr Cigolini is/has been a member of the RPA/SLHD HREC committee as a professional member since 2014 to the present.

Research Staff

  • Dr Maria Cigolini
  • Dr Vahid Mohabbatti
  • Dr Frank Formby

Publications and Presentations

Publication Details:
  1. Lim CE, Ng RW, Cheng NC, Cigolini M, Kwok C, Brennan F. Advance care planning for haemodialysis patients. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016 Jul 26;7:CD010737. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD010737.pub2. Review. PubMed PMID: 27457661.

Contact details for department

Head of Department: Dr Maria C Cigolini

Department/Unit: Palliative Care
RPA Hospital
Missenden Road
Camperdown NSW 2050
Telephone: (02) 9515 7755
Facsimile: (02) 9515 7464
Web: www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/research/
Email: maria.cigolini@health.nsw.gov.au