Dr Richard   Chye
Conjoint Associate Professor

Dr Richard Chye

medicine-health
St Vincent's Clinical School

Internal, Pain & Palliative Medicine Physician
Supportive Care Physician
Medicinal Cannabis Clinic

Professor Richard Chye is the Director of Supportive and Palliative Care at St Vincent’s and Prince of Wales Hospital. He has worked in Palliative Care for more than 28 years, and has integrated community, inpatient, hospital consultative, and private palliative care services across Eastern Sydney; and created the first Academic Centre of Palliative Care in Sydney. He is Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame Australia & at the University of Technology Sydney; and Adjunct Assoc Professor of Medicine at the University of New South Wales.
He was integral in the formation of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine and was awarded the RACP’s highest award, the John Sands medal for his efforts leading to the recognition of the specialty of Palliative Medicine by the Australian government. He was also awarded the inaugural Lyn Taylor Award for Leadership in Palliative Care in recognition for his efforts to develop Palliative Care in New South Wales.
 
He is involved in several Commonwealth and State government committees surrounding palliative care. He is currently working with several national health institutions such as the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority and was a board member of Palliative Care Australia.

He has also been involved in several positive national documentaries about the philosophy of Palliative Care with ABC and SBS.
About Richard Chye and Medicinal Cannabis
Richard Chye leads a palliative care clinical trials program at Sacred Heart, which includes a trial using vaporised cannabis to improve cancer anorexia.  He is a member of two other successful research teams investigating the use of cannabis in palliative care patients. He leads the Medicinal Cannabis Compassionate Access Program (MCCAP) at Sacred Heart and is an inaugural member of the Australian Advisory Council of the Medicinal Use of Cannabis.

In the last 10 months to February 2018, Prof Chye has received authority and successful treated more than 20 patients with legally authorised medicinal cannabis, making him the largest individual prescriber of legally authorised medicinal cannabis for adults in Australia.  He has had a 100% success rate in obtaining authority to prescribe legally authorised medicinal cannabis from the TGA (Commonwealth government) and NSW Health.
 

Phone
02 8382 4020

Publications

  • Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Richard Chye
    Lee W; Sheehan C; Chye R; Chang S; Loo C; Draper B; Agar M; Currow DC, 2021, 'Study protocol for SKIPMDD: Subcutaneous ketamine infusion in palliative care patients with advanced life limiting illnesses for major depressive disorder (phase II pilot feasibility study)', BMJ Open, vol. 11, pp. e052312, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-052312
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Richard Chye
    Kirby E; McLaughlan R; Wallworth L; Chappell L; Bellemore F; Chye R, 2021, 'Connection, comfort and COVID-19 in palliative care', Palliative Care and Social Practice, vol. 15, pp. 263235242110013 - 263235242110013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/26323524211001389
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Richard Chye
    Hosie A; Phillips J; Lam L; Kochovska S; Noble B; Brassil M; Kurrle S; Cumming A; Caplan GA; Chye R; Ely EW; Lawlor PG; Bush SH; Davis JM; Lovell M; Parr C; Williams S; Hauser K; McArdle S; Jacquier K; Phillipson C; Kuwahata L; Kerfoot J; Brown L; Fazekas B; Cheah SL; Edwards L; Green A; Hunt J; Attwood R; Assen T; Garcia M; Wilcock J; Agar M, 2020, 'A Multicomponent Nonpharmacological Intervention to Prevent Delirium for Hospitalized People with Advanced Cancer: A Phase II Cluster Randomized Waitlist Controlled Trial (The PRESERVE Pilot Study)', Journal of Palliative Medicine, vol. 23, pp. 1314 - 1322, http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2019.0632
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Richard Chye
    Dumitrescu A; Aggarwal A; Chye R, 2020, 'A retrospective case series of patients who have undergone coeliac plexus blocks for the purpose of alleviating pain due to intra-abdominal malignancy', Cancer Reports, vol. 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cnr2.1265
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Richard Chye
    Ho GK; Chye R; Jang D; Sutton P; Sullivan S; Seah D, 2020, 'Factors Associated with Re-Enrollment of Patients from a Specialist Community Palliative Care Service', Journal of Palliative Medicine, vol. 23, pp. 1342 - 1348, http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2019.0385
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Richard Chye
    Maharaj AD; Ioannou L; Croagh D; Zalcberg J; Neale RE; Goldstein D; Merrett N; Kench JG; White K; Pilgrim CHC; Chantrill L; Cosman P; Kneebone A; Lipton L; Nikfarjam M; Philip J; Sandroussi C; Tagkalidis P; Chye R; Haghighi KS; Samra J; Evans SM, 2019, 'Monitoring quality of care for patients with pancreatic cancer: a modified Delphi consensus', HPB, vol. 21, pp. 444 - 455, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hpb.2018.08.016
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Richard Chye
    Hosie A; Phillips J; Lam L; Kochovska S; Noble B; Brassil M; Kurrle SE; Cumming A; Caplan GA; Chye R; Le B; Ely EW; Lawlor PG; Bush SH; Davis JM; Lovell M; Brown L; Fazekas B; Cheah SL; Edwards L; Agar M, 2019, 'Multicomponent non-pharmacological intervention to prevent delirium for hospitalised people with advanced cancer: Study protocol for a phase II cluster randomised controlled trial', BMJ Open, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026177
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Richard Chye
    O'Brien T; Ahn JS; Chye R; Le B; Lu H; Olarte G; Palladini M; Salti A; Shao YY; Yaakup H; Buemio KC; Colin CG; Hadjiat Y, 2019, 'Understanding transdermal buprenorphine and a practical guide to its use for chronic cancer and non-cancer pain management', Journal of Opioid Management, vol. 15, pp. 147 - 158, http://dx.doi.org/10.5055/jom.2019.0496
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Richard Chye
    Saotome T; Iwase S; Nojima M; Hewitt B; Chye R, 2018, 'Assessment of activities of daily living and quality of life among palliative care inpatients: A preliminary prospective cohort study', Progress in Palliative Care, vol. 26, pp. 14 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09699260.2018.1427677
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Richard Chye
    Luckett T; Phillips J; Johnson M; Garcia M; Bhattarai P; Carrieri-Kohlman V; Hutchinson A; Disler RT; Currow D; Agar M; Ivynian S; Chye R; Newton PJ; Davidson PM, 2017, 'Insights from Australians with respiratory disease living in the community with experience of self-managing through an emergency department 'near miss' for breathlessness: A strengths-based qualitative study', BMJ Open, vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017536
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Richard Chye
    Luckett T; Phillips J; Lintzeris N; Allsop D; Lee J; Solowij N; Martin J; Lam L; Aggarwal R; McCaffrey N; Currow D; Chye R; Lovell M; McGregor I; Agar M, 2016, 'Clinical trials of medicinal cannabis for appetite-related symptoms from advanced cancer: a survey of preferences, attitudes and beliefs among patients willing to consider participation', Internal Medicine Journal, vol. 46, pp. 1269 - 1275, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/imj.13224
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Richard Chye
    Sanderson C; Quinn SJ; Agar M; Chye R; Clark K; Doogue M; Fazekas B; Lee J; Lovell MR; Rowett D; Spruyt O; Currow DC, 2016, 'Pharmacovigilance in hospice/palliative care: Net effect of pregabalin for neuropathic pain', BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, vol. 6, pp. 323 - 330, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjspcare-2014-000825
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Richard Chye
    Hosie A; Lobb E; Agar M; Davidson P; Chye R; Lam L; Phillips J, 2016, 'Measuring delirium point-prevalence in two Australian palliative care inpatient units', International Journal of Palliative Nursing, vol. 22, pp. 13 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.12968/ijpn.2016.22.1.13
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Richard Chye
    Agar M; Koh ES; Gibbs E; Barnes EH; Hovey E; Livingstone A; Sawkins K; Chye R; Lovell MR; Clark K; Vardy J; King M, 2016, 'Validating self-report and proxy reports of the Dexamethasone Symptom Questionnaire -Chronic for the evaluation of longer-term corticosteroid toxicity', Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 24, pp. 1209 - 1218, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00520-015-2897-0
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Richard Chye
    Sanderson C; Quinn SJ; Agar M; Chye R; Clark K; Doogue M; Fazekas B; Lee J; Lovell MR; Rowett D; Spruyt O; Currow DC, 2015, 'Pharmacovigilance in hospice/palliative care: Net effect of gabapentin for neuropathic pain', BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, vol. 5, pp. 273 - 280, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjspcare-2014-000699
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Richard Chye
    Hosie A; Lobb E; Agar M; Davidson PM; Chye R; Phillips J, 2015, 'Nurse perceptions of the Nursing Delirium Screening Scale in two palliative care inpatient units: A focus group study', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol. 24, pp. 3276 - 3285, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jocn.12925
    Journal articles | 2011
    Dr Richard Chye
    Sheehan C; Clark K; Lam L; Chye R, 2011, 'A retrospective analysis of primary diagnosis, comorbidities, anticholinergic load, and other factors on treatment for noisy respiratory secretions at the end of life', Journal of Palliative Medicine, vol. 14, pp. 1211 - 1216, http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2011.0191
    Journal articles | 2010
    Dr Richard Chye
    Goldstein D; Butow PN; Boyle F; Stockler M; Lovell M; Chye R; Forder P; Briganti E, 2010, 'A randomized controlled trial of a standardized educational intervention for patients with cancer pain', Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, vol. 49, pp. 49 - 59, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2009.12.013
    Journal articles | 2010
    Dr Richard Chye
    Lovell MR; Forder PM; Stockler MR; Butow P; Briganti EM; Chye R; Goldstein D; Boyle FM, 2010, 'A randomized controlled trial of a standardized educational intervention for patients with cancer pain', Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, vol. 40, pp. 49 - 59, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2009.12.013
    Journal articles | 2009
    Dr Richard Chye
    Collins-Tracey S; Clayton JM; Kirsten L; Butow PN; Tattersall MHN; Chye R, 2009, 'Contacting Bereaved Relatives: The Views and Practices of Palliative Care and Oncology Health Care Professionals', Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, vol. 37, pp. 807 - 822, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2008.05.008
    Journal articles | 2008
    Dr Richard Chye
    Agar MR; Currow DC; Plummer J; Chye R; Draper B, 2008, 'Differing management of people with advanced cancer and delirium by four sub-specialties', Palliative Medicine, vol. 22, pp. 633 - 640, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0269216308088691
    Journal articles | 2007
    Dr Richard Chye
    Clayton JM; Hancock KM; Butow PN; Tattersall MHN; Currow DC; Adler J; Aranda S; Auret K; Boyle F; Britton A; Chye R; Clark K; Davidson P; Davis JM; Girgis A; Graham S; Hardy J; Introna K; Kearsley J; Kerridge I; Kristjanson L; Martin P; McBride A; Meller A; Mitchell G; Moore A; Noble B; Olver I; Parker S; Peters M; Saul P; Stewart C; Swinburne L; Tobin B; Tuckwell K; Yates P, 2007, 'Clinical practice guidelines for communicating prognosis and end-of-life issues with adults in the advanced stages of a life-limiting illness, and their caregivers.', The Medical journal of Australia, vol. 186, http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/j.1326-5377.2007.tb01100.x
    Journal articles | 2006
    Dr Richard Chye
    Agar MR; Chye R; Currow DC; Draper B, 2006, 'Survey of current practice: Management of delirium by palliative care, psychogeriatric, geriatric, and oncology specialists in Australia and New Zealand', Journal of Palliative Care, vol. 22, pp. 209 - 210, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000240924900090&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    Journal articles | 2004
    Dr Richard Chye
    Agar MR; Broadbent AM; Chye R, 2004, 'The management of malignant psoas syndrome: Case reports and literaturereview', Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, vol. 28, pp. 282 - 293, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2003.12.018
    Journal articles | 2004
    Dr Richard Chye
    Formby F; Low JA; Chan DKY; Chye R, 2004, 'End-stage dementia: Why treat at all? [5] (multiple letters)', Internal Medicine Journal, vol. 34, pp. 139 - 140, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1444-0903.2004.00548.x
    Journal articles | 2003
    Dr Richard Chye
    Clayton JM; Butow PN; Tattersall MH; Chye R; Noel MB; Davis JM; Glare P, 2003, 'Asking questions can help: development and preliminary evaluation of aquestion prompt list for palliative care patients', British Journal of Cancer, vol. 89, pp. 2069 - 2077, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/sj.bjc.6601380
    Journal articles | 2003
    Dr Richard Chye
    Low JA; Chan DK; Hung WT; Chye R, 2003, 'Treatment of recurrent aspiration pneumonia in end-stage dementia: preferences and choices of a group of elderly nursing home residents', Internal Medicine Journal, vol. 33, pp. 345 - 349, http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1445-5994.2003.00367.x
    Journal articles | 2003
    Dr Richard Chye
    Clayton J; Fardell B; Hutton-Potts J; Webb D; Chye R, 2003, 'Parenteral antibiotics in a palliative care unit: Prospective analysis of current practice', Palliative Medicine, vol. 17, pp. 44 - 48, http://dx.doi.org/10.1191/0269216303pm595oa
    Journal articles | 2003
    Dr Richard Chye
    Low JA; Pang WS; Chan DK; Chye R, 2003, 'A palliative care appproach to end-stage neurodegenerative conditions', Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore, vol. 32, pp. 778 - 784
    Journal articles | 2003
    Dr Richard Chye
    Clayton J; Fardell B; Hutton-Potts J; Webb D; Chye R, 2003, 'Parenteral antibiotics in a palliative care unit: prospective analysis of current practice', PALLIATIVE MEDICINE, vol. 17, pp. 44 - 48, http://dx.doi.org/10.1191/0269216303pm595oa
    Journal articles | 2002
    Dr Richard Chye
    Gibson S; Strutt R; Chye R, 2002, 'Managing a malignant orocutaneous fistula: Stem the tide with octreotide?', Internal Medicine Journal, vol. 32, pp. 191 - 192, http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1444-0903.2001.00190.x
    Journal articles | 2002
    Dr Richard Chye
    Strutt R; Fardell B; Chye R, 2002, 'Nebulized glycopyrrolate for drooling in a motor neuron patient [2]', Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, vol. 23, pp. 2 - 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0885-3924(01)00378-5
    Journal articles | 2001
    Dr Richard Chye
    Low JJ; Liu R; Strutt R; Chye R, 2001, 'Specialist Community Palliative Care Services - A Survey of General Pracititoners` Experience in Eastern Sydney', Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 9, pp. 474 - 476, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s005200100254
    Journal articles | 2000
    Dr Richard Chye
    Low JA; Chye R, 2000, 'A pitfall to avoid when starting a patient on transdermal fentanyl.', Australian family physician, vol. 29, pp. 1173 - 1175
    Journal articles | 1998
    Dr Richard Chye
    Chye R, 1998, 'Managing gastric stasis.', Palliat Med, vol. 12, pp. 209 - 210, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/026921639801200314
    Journal articles | 1996
    Dr Richard Chye
    Turner K; Chye R; Aggarwal G; Philip J; Skeels A; Lickiss JN, 1996, 'Dignity in dying: a preliminary study of patients in the last three days of life', Journal of Palliative Care, vol. 12, pp. 7 - 13
    Journal articles | 1994
    Dr Richard Chye
    Lickiss JN; Wiltshire J; Glare PA; Chye RW, 1994, 'Central Sydney Palliative Care Service: potential and limitations of an integrated palliative care service based in a metropolitan teaching hospital.', Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore, vol. 23, pp. 264 - 270
    Journal articles | 1994
    Dr Richard Chye
    Chye R; Lickiss N, 1994, 'The use of corticosteroids in the management of bilateral malignant ureteric obstruction', Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, vol. 9, pp. 537 - 540, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0885-3924(94)90117-1
    Journal articles | 1994
    Dr Richard Chye
    Chye RWM; Lickiss JN, 1994, 'Palliative care in bilateral malignant ureteric obstruction', Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore, vol. 23, pp. 197 - 203
    Journal articles | 1991
    Dr Richard Chye
    RAGHAVAN D; CHYE RWM, 1991, 'Treatment of Carcinomatous Meningitis from Transitional Cell Carcinoma of the Bladder', British Journal of Urology, vol. 67, pp. 438 - 440, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1464-410X.1991.tb15178.x

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