Cancer Nursing Research

Research Overview

The cancer nursing research program at the University of Melbourne exists to develop new and translate existing knowledge into practice to enhance the experience and outcomes of people affected by cancer.  This will be achieved through undertaking practice-relevant studies that address care and treatment issues known to impact the quality of life of people affected by a cancer diagnosis.

Specifically the focus of the research program includes:

  • Key symptoms and side-effects – specifically, pain, insomnia, fatigue and complex wounds
  • Understanding patterns of care for patients with rare and less common cancers to ensure appropriate and timely access to care and treatment
  • Developing patient centred models of care and supportive care interventions to best support people living with rare and less common cancers
  • Developing a program of research addressing the needs of older adults with cancer

Research projects

The Cancer Nursing Research program at the University of Melbourne was established in 2015. All of our current studies are underway and reflect critical partnerships with Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Alliance partners.

Current RHD student work

  • Chris Williams. Gaining a consensus approach to nurse-led paediatric oncology telephone triage using a Delphi technique
  • Erin Kennedy. Nutritional status and nutrition-related quality of life in gastrointestinal neuroendocrine cancer patients
  • Melisa Warren. Emergency presentation of colorectal cancer patients
  • Polly Dufton.  Self-management pathway for adult cancer patients to reduce utilisation of emergency department services
  • Meritxell Casanovas-Blanco. Emergency Department utilisation by people receiving chemotherapy. Exploratory study of emergency department access and quality of care.
  • Sarah Kofoed. Implementing the Neuro-Rehabilitation-Palliative care clinical practice guidelines to improve the care of patients with primary malignant brain tumours.
  • Skye Kinder. Context of care. The experiences of patients receiving care at a regional cancer centre.
  • Kristen Houdyk. An exploratory study of the care experiences of patients diagnosed with myeloma

Future plans for projects and scholarships

Future projects will focus on key area of interest building knowledge and nursing research capacity across 4 key domains:

  • Key symptoms and side-effects  – specifically, pain, insomnia, fatigue and complex wounds
  • Understanding patterns of care for patients with rare and less common cancers to ensure appropriate and timely access to care and treatment
  • Developing patient centred models of care and supportive care interventions to best support people living with rare and less common cancers
  • Developing a program of research addressing the needs of older adults with cancer

Collaborators

Local

Multidisciplinary clinician-researchers at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre:

  • The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre, Austin Health
  • Western Hospital
  • The Royal Women’s Hospital
  • The Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • St Vincent’s Hospital
  • Professor Linda Denehy & Dr Catherine Granger, Department of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Lesley Stafford, Royal Women’s Hospital
  • Associate Professor Prue Cormie, Institute for Health & Ageing, Australian Catholic University
  • Professor TrishLivingston, Deakin University
  • Dr Adrian Dabscheck, Palliative Medicine Consultant, Western Hospital
  • Tracey Mander, Melbourne City Mission
  • Breast Cancer Network Australia
  • Breacan
  • The Cancer Council Victoria

National

  • Professor Leanne Monterosso, University of Notre Dame/St John of God Hopsital, Perth
  • Professor Sanchia Aranda, Cancer Council Australia
  • Professor Ray Chan, Queensland University of Technology and Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital 
  • Professor Deborah Anderson, Griffith University | Menzies Health Institute Gold Coast Campus
  • Associate Professor Barbara Mullan, Curtin University
  • Dr Haryana Dhillon, University of Sydney
  • Professor Jane Phillips, University of Technology, Sydney

International

  • Professor Kinta Beaver & Dr Susan Williamson, University of Central Lancaster, UK
  • Professor Patricia Grocott, King’s College London, UK

Funding

  • National Health and Medical Research Council
  • Nurses Board, Victoria
  • Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • University of Melbourne
  • National Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Mundi-Pharma
  • Cancer and Palliative Care Research and Evaluation Unit
  • Western and Melbourne Integrated Cancer Services
  • Cancer Nurses Society of Australia

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to PhD students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.

Research Projects



Faculty Research Themes

Cancer

School Research Themes

Cancer Survivorship, Practice and service improvement, Recovery and Rehabilitation Across the Lifespan



Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Professor Mei Krishnasamay

Department / Centre

Nursing