Nurse-led Research

Development of cancer nursing research capability has the potential to enhance patient care, health outcomes and health services.

Nurses are essential to the cancer workforce

Nurses form the largest component of the health workforce in metropolitan, regional and rural areas.

A knowledgeable, research-enabled and research-active nursing workforce is fundamental to quality, safety and innovation in cancer care.

Areas of impact can include:

  • Access to and equity of treatment and care
  • Symptom and side-effect management
  • Efficient and patient-centred models of care
  • Post-treatment care

Developing cancer nursing research capability

The VCCC Alliance is committed to developing cancer nursing research capability across the clinical member organisations.

Professor Meinir Krishnasamy is VCCC Alliance Research & Education Lead, Cancer Nursing and the program champion for the Nurse-led Research Program, providing strategic direction and coordination.

The key element of growing research capability is centred around a Nurse-led Research Hub (the Hub). The Hub is a practical and interactive initiative that supports connections, research knowledge and opportunities for nurses across the clinical members of the VCCC Alliance.

Research, network, enable and establish

The Hub uses multiple strategies and activities to support nurses to engage in research, such as:

  • Online information-sharing forum
  • Free education sessions and workshops
  • Supported research training opportunities
  • Training and mentoring
  • Promotion and profiles of nurse-led research



Current series of workshops

A program of online research-based workshops is currently being offered for nurses who work in the cancer domain. Increase your skills and build your confidence to undertake nurse-led research. A range of topics will be offered from understanding research questions, to co-design as well as practical sessions covering topics such as writing for publication and communicating your research. See the 2021 program and register to attend.

Nurse-led research impacts on patient care

Are you interested in nurse-led research? Getting started and not sure how to begin? Check out our series of video resources, encompassing case studies, support information, benefits, challenges and advice.

Register your interest and contact

If you are a nurse who cares for patients affected by cancer and work in Victoria, join the VCCC Alliance Nurse-led Research Hub by registering your interest


For further information about the program, please contact Sharon De Graves, Program Manager, e: