David is the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Major Campuses and Student Engagement at Monash University. He is also Professor of Psychiatry at Monash and at the University of Melbourne and Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health. His interest in end-of-life choices developed during his hospital training as a psychiatrist and was strengthened by his Board Directorship of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute (2004-2013). He was the Deputy Chairman of the Board for six years – during which he was involved in the governance of psychosocial programs. He was also strongly involved in advocacy for Voluntary Assisted Dying during debates in the Victorian Parliament during 2017.
He was the Executive Director of the Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria between 1985 and 2004, where his research focused on schizophrenia, with a special interest in the nature and treatment of auditory hallucinations.
David Copolov, AO's Articles
Steady as she goes for VAD
Voluntary assisted dying scaremongering is threatening to shut the door on important and much-needed access to VAD in other Australian states and territories.
Victoria passes assisted dying bill, but how much will actually change?
Only a small number are predicted to take advantage of the legislation from mid-2019.