Samar Aoun is Professor of Palliative Care, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Health sciences, Curtin University, and Adjunct Professor, Monash University and La Trobe University. Samar has a PhD in Medical Demography from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, UK, and a Masters of Public Health from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Samar has undertaken a number of projects that informed policy on service planning and the development of support structures for the palliative care community at the state, national and international levels.
She was awarded the Centenary Medal from the Prime Minister of Australia in 2003, the Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International in 2008, and the Faculty of Health Sciences Researcher of the Year in 2008. Samar has established and chaired the West Australian Country Health Services Ethics Committee since 1994. She served on two principal National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) committees (2012-15): the Australian Health Ethics Committee, and the Prevention and Community Health Committee, and chaired NHMRC research grant review panels for the last four years. She is a member of the editorial advisory board of Palliative Medicine (a high impact journal in the field), a member of the international collaborative on research in family caregiving at end of life (UK, Canada and Australia) and a member of an expert advisory group for the development of best practice guidelines in bereavement care in Europe.