Associate Professor Richard Chye

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MBBS (Sydney) FRACP (Internal Medicine) FFPMANZCA (Pain Medicine) FAChPM (Palliative Medicine)


Palliative Care

Special Interests

  • Supportive Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Use of Medicinal Cannabis


Palliative Care


Richard Chye is Director of Sacred Heart Supportive & Palliative Care, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. He has worked in Palliative Care for more than 28 years, and has integrated community, inpatient, hospital consultative & 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 & the University of Technology, Sydney; and Adjunct Assoc Professor of Medicine at UNSW.

He admits and consults on patients at St Vincent’s Public & Private Hospitals, Sacred Heart and Wolper Jewish Hospital.

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 as his efforts led to the recognition of Palliative Medicine by the Australian government. He was awarded the inaugural Lyn Taylor Award for Leadership in Palliative Care by his peers for his efforts to develop Palliative Care professionally & operationally in New South Wales.

He leads a clinical trials program at Sacred Heart including using vaporised cannabis to improve cancer anorexia. He is an inaugural member of the Australian Advisory Council of the Medicinal Use of Cannabis. He has also been involved in several positive national documentaries about the philosophy of Palliative Care with the ABC and SBS.


Sacred Heart Supportive and Palliative Care
170 Darlinghurst Road
Darlinghurst NSW 2010


02 8382 9444


02 8382 9518