Promoting health, wellbeing and health services efficiency through a tailored navigation program for older adults with cancer (PARTNER)

Project Details

By 2055, the number of Australians aged over 65 years will have doubled from 2015 figures. As people age, the cost of cancer increases substantially with the majority of the cancer costs due to inpatient stays. Over half of all hospital admissions for cancer in Australia are accounted for by people aged 65 and a quarter by people aged 75 and over. Navigation pathways designed specifically for older adults with cancer have been shown to deliver significant reduction (p-0.001) in health care costs, reduced health service utilisation (particularly emergency department, ICU and inpatient readmissions). This mixed methods study sets out to describe and develop navigation pathways for two cohorts of older adults  (≥75years) with lung cancer and lymphoma.

Researchers

  • Prof Mei Krishnasamy, Chair in Cancer Nursing, Department of Nursing & Centre for Cancer Research, University of Melbourne; VCCC Research and Education Lead – Cancer Nursing (Principal Investigator)
  • Professor Lynette Joubert , Professor of Social Work, Department of Social Work, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Ralph Hampson, Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Linda Denehy, Head of School of Health Sciences, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Andrea Maier,  Divisional Director Medicine & Community Care, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, VCCC
  • Dr Claire Maddison, Consultant Geriatrician and Medical Oncologist, Royal Melbourne Hospital, VCCC
  • Dr Linda Mileshkin, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VCCC
  • Dr Michael Dickinson, Consultant Haematologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VCCC
  • Carol Jewell, Project Manager, Project Manager, Department of Nursing and Centre for Cancer Research, University of Melbourne

Funding

The University of Melbourne

Research Group

Cancer Nursing Research



Faculty Research Themes

Cancer

School Research Themes

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



Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Nursing

Unit / Centre

Cancer Nursing Research