Natasha Smallwood

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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 12 years, where she led the Advanced Lung Disease and Domiciliary Oxygen Services.

 A/Prof Smallwood is the Head of the Chronic Respiratory Disease laboratory at the Central Clinical School, Monash University and leads a Breathlessness and Advanced Respiratory Disease Clinic at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. She has over 90 publications and holds major research grants. In addition to her academic and clinical roles, she hold multiple leadership roles, including being a Board Director for the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, and 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.

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

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 → …

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Melbourne

5 Apr 2019 → …

Research area keywords

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


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