Dr Erica Cameron-Taylor
(BA BMed FRACGP FAChPM, Staff Specialist, Palliative Medicine )

DepartmentPalliative Care
Research AreasHealth Promotion, Social Needs, Supportive Care, Education
Research TopicsInterprofessional Education, Psychosocial and Ethical Paradigm of Palliative Medicine, Interdisciplinary Communication
Research TypesSurvey / Observational Research, Dissemination / Implementation

Dr Erica Cameron-Taylor has been conducting a variety of research projects in the Department of Palliative Care at Calvary Mater Newcastle since 2010. Her main interests are medical education, the integration of palliative care teaching across all health care professions and the ways in which palliative care can become better understood by the wider community.


  • The Palliative Approach, A Resource for Healthcare Workers, M&K Publishing, United Kingdom 2012, ISBN: 9781905539-67-3.


Getting to know you 

When did you start doing research?

During my Advanced Training in Palliative Medicine.

What research projects are you currently working on?

The development of on-line education in Palliative Medicine for General Practitioners and medical students.

What research achievement are you most proud of?

The fact that my book has been used as the basis of an online course for nurses in the UK with authorisation to accumulate Continuing Professional Development points on completion. 

What inspires you?

Hearing that my work has helped patients, their families and health care staff understand Palliative Care.

What did you do before coming to work at Calvary Mater Newcastle?

Trained as a General Practitioner.

What has helped you the most in your research at Calvary Mater Newcastle?

The multidisciplinary team in the Department of Palliative Care.

Who are your main collaborators at Calvary Mater Newcastle?

Professor Katherine Clark and Ms Naomi Byfieldt.

What did you do before you became a researcher?

I was a full-time clinician.

What made you decide to do research?

I think that Palliative Care has incredibly bad 'public relations.' Effective, accessible and relevant education for patients, families and health care staff has an incredible potential for good.

What was your first / worst / best / strangest / memorable /etc job in research?

My first piece of research was a retrospective chart audit that went through eight re-writes. It's actually amazing I ever wrote again after that!

What do you do to relax?

Iaido ? it's a Japanese martial art.

What is the craziest thing you have ever had to do "in the name of research"?

I'll always remember a patient who said he'd try to come back from the grave to tell me exactly what dying was like so I could put it in my next book. I hope he doesn't succeed...


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