Natasha Smallwood

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Primary Breathe - improving the management of chronic breathlessness in the community


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Personal profile


A/Prof Natasha Smallwood is a consultant respiratory physician with clinical expertise and research interests in breathlessness, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary fibrosis, symptom management and severe lung diseases. She completed her undergraduate medical degree at Nottingham University, UK (1999), as well as her initial postgraduate medical training in the UK, before moving to Australia. In addition to her respiratory qualifications, she holds postgraduate qualifications in medical leadership, palliative care and epidemiology. Prior to moving to the Alfred Hospital and Monash University (2021), she was a consultant respiratory physician at the Royal Melbourne Hospital for 11 years, where she led the Advanced Lung Disease and Domiciliary Oxygen Services.

 A/Prof Smallwood is the Head of the Chronic Respiratory Disease Research Group and Respiratory Research Training Lead at the School of Translational Medicine, Monash University. She leads a Breathlessness and Advanced Respiratory Disease Clinic at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. She has over 110 publications and holds major research grants. In addition to her academic and clinical roles, she hold multiple leadership roles, including being the President-elect for the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, and a Board Director for the Victorian Doctors' Health Program. She is a taskforce member for various national and international respiratory guidelines. In addition to her respiratory research, A/Prof Smallwood has interests in organisational leadership, crisis preparedness and gender equality.

Monash teaching commitment

Thesis Examiner

2022                    Honours students: Monash University

2021 - now         MD SIP Research Projects: Monash University

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Respiratory Medicine, PhD, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 27 Jul 2019

Palliative Care, Specialist Certificate, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 8 Apr 2014

Epidemiology, MSc, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 13 Dec 2011

Medicine, BMBS, University of Nottingham

Oct 1994Jul 1999

Medicine, BMedSci, University of Nottingham

Oct 1994Jul 1997

External positions

Honorary Respiratory Physician, Royal Melbourne Hospital

1 Jun 2021 → …

Consultant Respiratory Physician, Alfred Hospital

2021 → …

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Melbourne

5 Apr 2019 → …

Consultant Respiratory Physician, Melbourne Private Hospital

2019 → …

Honorary Respiratory Physician , Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Research area keywords

  • COPD
  • Dyspnea
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Models of Care
  • Palliative care
  • Severe lung diseases

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