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11 Nov 2019

VCCC sponsoring inaugural nurse-led cancer research projects

  • VCCC Alliance
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Austin Health

Three building capability grants worth up to $50,000 each have been awarded to nurses across the alliance to enable new nurse-led collaborative research projects.

Nurse-led research is where the lead investigator on a project or study is a nurse; the research question has been generated from observation of or in nursing practice; and the findings of the study have direct relevance to nursing practice.

In this new collaborative initiative, nurses who applied for VCCC support had to involve at least two alliance clinical partner organisations whilst focusing on improving the quality and safety of care for people affected by cancer.

Congratulations to the successful nurses. The projects are now underway and are led by:

  • Diane Davey, Radiotherapy Nurse, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
    Evaluation of the clinical utility of a co-designed patient education tool for implanted ports: understanding patients’ and nurses’ experiences and benefits across five health services.

  • Andrea Cameron, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Austin Health / Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre
    Is it safe for nurses to administer blood and intra-venous medications concurrently? Exploring the complexities, local and organisational policies as well as real world practices of nurses in managing the high infusion demands of haematology patients: a comparative study.

  • Yvonne Panek-Hudson, Nurse Practitioner, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
    To characterise primary late effects that patients transitioning from pediatric Allogeneic bone marrow transplant (AlloBMT) services present with at first adult AlloBMT long-term follow up review.                     

“The opportunities are enormous,” says Yvonne Panek-Hudson. “We know that it is a really complex area, transitioning adolescents and young people out of paediatric long-term follow-up into adult services and it can be really difficult for them and their families. So what we hope to do through this project is to identify ways in which we can improve their experience and increase attendance to adult long-term follow up.” 

Hear Andrea, Diane and Yvonne talk more about their respective projects.


For more information about the Nurse-led Research Hub, please contact Sharon De Graves, Program Manager.

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