Dr Anthony Herbert

ATH - Senior Lecturer

Children's Health Queensland Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine


Dr Anthony Herbert has trained in paediatrics at both the Mater Children's and Royal Children's Hospitals in Brisbane. He also worked at the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary, Alberta, Canada for a year in 2001. He completed training in paediatric medical oncology. He subsequently completed a fellowship in paediatric palliative care working with both adults at the Mater Health Services and with children at The Children's Hospital at Westmead (CHW) in Sydney, Australia. At CHW, he was able to gain a broad exposure to all aspects of pain medicine and palliative care including experience in the use of patient controlled analgesia (PCA), multi-disciplinary management of persistent pain and hospice care (at Bear Cottage). During this time, he developed a particular interest in cancer pain management.

Anthony commenced work as a Staff Specialist in Paediatric Palliative Care with Children's Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service in September 2008. At this time he was based at the Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane, but also consulted at the Mater Children's Hospital, Brisbane. In November 2014, the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital (LCCH) opened in Brisbane. Anthony became the Director of the Paediatric Palliative Care Service at LCCH in June 2015.

Research interests have included telehealth, insomnia, music therapy, perinatal palliative care, service development, respite provision and communication in paediatric palliative care. He has also had an interest in education related to palliative care - for undergraduates and post graduate students. More recently he has been involved in the Quality of Care Collaborative of Australia (QuoCCA) which is a national project (funded by the Department of Health, Commonwealth) looking at education provision, particularly in rural and remote settings. As part of this work, Anthony has also developed an interest in the education of undergraduate students in paediatric palliative care, particularly at the time of short clinical placements. In this context, he has found the resources of the Palliative Care Curriculum for Undergraduates (PCC4U) particularly helpful. His interest in providing education has also extended to Vietnam and Malaysia.

Dr Anthony Herbert was Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Paediatric Palliative Care National Reference Group from 2012 - 2013. He has also been chair of the Palliative Care Working Group of the Child and Youth Network in Queensland from 2012. Anthony has also been a committee member of the Chapter of Palliative Medicine linked to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He was involved in the recent writing of "Palliative Care" (Version 4) with Therapeutic Guidelines. He has also been an active contributor to the national resource "A Practical Guide to Palliative Care in Paediatrics".

Research Interests

  • Communication in Paediatric Palliative Care
  • Education in Palliative Care
  • Role of music therapy in palliative care


  • Watts, Janet, Ekberg, Stuart, Bluebond-Langner, Myra, Langner, Richard, Fleming, Sara, Danby, Susan, Ekberg, Katie, Yates, Patsy, Bradford, Natalie, Delaney, Angela and Herbert, Anthony (2024). Questions directed to children with diverse communicative competencies in paediatric healthcare consultations. Patient Education and Counseling, 121 108103, 1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2023.108103

  • Drake, Ross, Prael, Grace, Phyo, Yinyin, Chang, Sungwon, Hunt, Jane, Herbert, Anthony, Mott, Christine, Hynson, Jenny, Phillips, Marianne, Cossich, Mary, Mherekumombe, Martha, Kim, Min Sun, Chong, Poh Heng, Abitz, Maja, Bernada, Mercedes, Avery, Madeline, Doogue, Matt, Rowett, Debra and Currow, David (2024). Gabapentin for pain in pediatric palliative care. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 67 (3), 212-222.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2023.11.011

  • Chhabra, Manik, Ben-Eltriki, Mohamed, Paul, Arun, Mê-Linh, L., Herbert, Anthony, Oberoi, Sapna, Bradford, Natalie, Bowers, Alison, Rassekh, S. Rod and Kelly, Lauren E. (2023). Cannabinoids for symptom management in children with cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Cancer, 129 (22), 3656-3670. doi: 10.1002/cncr.34920

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  • Moulds, R., Allardice, J., Boughey, M., Cairns, W., Chye, R., Crawford, G., Dedigama, M., Glaetzer, K., Good, P., Herbert, A., Homewood, M., Kelly, B., Mitchell, G., Ravenscroft, P., Rogers, I., Scholes, S., Sweidan, M. and Wehham, S. (2016). Palliative Care. 4 ed. Melbourne: Therapeutic Guidelines.

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor