cancer nursing - research (cancer nursing - research (rare and less common cancers; care pathways and cancer models of care; workforce capability; complex symptoms))
Professor Mei Krishnasamy is an internationally recognised cancer nurse and respected cancer nurse researcher in patient experiences and outcomes research. She has an established record of collaborative research focusing on the development and evaluation of models of care and strategies targeted at improving patient and carer experiences of living with cancer, demands of treatment and symptom profiles, linking experience of care innovation to improved patient outcomes. She is CI on several NHMRC grants and has been involved in competitive research grants worth approximately $14 million. Despite not having held a full time academic appointment until 2016, she has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications since 1996. She has supervised 16 nursing and allied health higher degree students, 13 to successful completion to date. Mei has 29 invited national and international presentations over the past 5 years and, in 2012, was recipient of the prestigious Robert Tiffany Lectureship, awarded by the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care, in recognition of her contribution to cancer nursing. She is inaugural Chair in Cancer Nursing at the University of Melbourne and Research and Education Lead for Cancer Nursing at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. She is immediate past President of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia, a past President of the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia and a lead member of the Policy and Advocacy Committee of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care.
My program of research focuses on the five following areas of cancer nursing practice and health services care delivery : 1. Key symptoms and side-effects – specifically, pain, fatigue cancer infection and cognitive decline 2. Mapping patterns of care for patients with rare and less common cancers to ensure appropriate and timely access to care and treatment 3. Developing patient centred models of care and supportive care interventions to best support people living with rare and less common cancers 4. Developing resources to inform cancer nursing workforce utilisation and demonstrate workforce impact on cancer patient outcomes and health services quality 5. Developing a program of research addressing the needs of older adults with cancer The Cancer Nursing Research program at the University of Melbourne was established in 2015. All of our studies reflect critical partnerships with Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Alliance partners and diverse consumer and advocacy groups. Several of our studies are aligned with policy imperatives for the Cancer Strategy and Development Division of the Victorian Department of Heath and Human Services, and we are currently partnering with the Cancer Strategy and Development Division to refresh the Victorian Supportive Cancer Care Framework.