Person Details

Professor Michael Ashby
Email Address
(03) 6224 2515
Adjunct Professor
Professor Michael Ashby is Director of Palliative Care, Royal Hobart Hospital and Southern Tasmania Area Health Service.

He holds a conjoint position as Professor of Palliative Care, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Tasmania, and chairs the Clinical Ethics Committee at RHH.

He graduated from St Bartholomew's Hospital, London University in 1979, and trained in medicine and radiation oncology in the UK, France and Australia, and holds qualifications in Palliative Care and Pain Medicine.

He is a past holder of joint clinical, academic and managerial positions at St Vincent's Hospital and the University of Melbourne; McCulloch House, Monash Medical Centre, Southern Health and Monash University, Clayton, Victoria; and the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Mary Potter Hospice, Calvary Hospital Adelaide.

He is past President of the Australia and New Zealand Society for Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM) and past Chairman of the Chapter of Palliative Medicine at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

He was awarded the 2006 Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation medal for research in palliative care.
He has research interests in law, ethics and the humanities as they apply to care and decision-making at the end of life, advance care planning, and pain and symptom management. During his time as Leader of the Palliative Care Clinical Network he developed a health promotion project entitled "Health Dying", a broad-based approach to dealing with end of life issues engaging the health professions and the wider community.
He is Consultant Editor to the Journal of Bioethical Enquiry, an editor of the Journal of Palliative Care and Mortality, and a reviewer for a number of international journals.
Research Interests
- Pain and symptom management

- Law, ethics and the use of the humanities as they apply to care and decision-making at the end of life


Professor Ashby is currently teaches Palliative Care in Discipline of General Practice 3rd - 6th year students.Coordinator of Theme 4 (Personal and Professional Development), and teaches palliative care, death studies, grief and loss, and ethics in all years of the MBBS course.