Professor Ray Chan leads a supportive cancer care program that focuses on how health services address the needs of people affected by cancer across the cancer trajectory, in particular the post-treatment and palliative phases.
Our research in chronic disease, supportive and palliative care has established a strong national and international reputation for high quality and an applied emphasis.
Our research addresses:
- ageing and dementia care, covering issues related to dementia and older people in acute care
- palliative care, including the management of symptoms and the development of workforce and service delivery models.
Our approach is multidisciplinary, with our world-class researchers drawn from a wide range of disciplines across the university including nursing, public health, psychology and health services.
We have links with:
- Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital
- Mater Hospital
- Wesley Hospital
- Princess Alexandra Hospital
- residential aged care facilities
- private hospitals.
Supportive and palliative care
Lead researcher Distinguished Professor Patsy Yates is Head of QUT’s School of Nursing and Director for Queensland Health’s statewide Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education (CPCRE). Supportive and palliative care focuses on relieving symptoms caused by serious illness like cancer. It can be given at any point during a person's illness to help them feel more comfortable.
Distinguished Professor Yates' work in palliative care includes the following research projects:
Healthy ageing and dementia
Lead researcher Professor Elizabeth Beattie is the Director at Dementia Training Australia. The consortium, led by the University of Wollongong, brings together the expertise of Australia’s leading dementia educators and trainers from the former Dementia Training Study Centres, the Dementia Care Essentials program (Alzheimer’s Australia) and the Wicking Dementia Centre and University of Tasmania's Dementia Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).
Community of Interprofessional Practice for People with Dementia
The Community of Interprofessional Practice for People with Dementia project is being funded by a Department of Social Services (formerly the Department of Health and Ageing) Teaching and Research Aged Care Services (TRACS) grant, an Australian Government initiative. It is a collaborative effort between QUT, a graduate health professional training grant with James Cook University and three residential aged care facilities. The project aims to provide resources to professionals working with people who have dementia.
Managing cancer-related symptoms and side effects
Leading national and state-wide education programs in evidence-based palliative care, Distinguished Professor Patsy Yates was appointed as Director of the Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education, a state-wide centre established by Queensland Health to advance palliative care services in Queensland through research and education. Examples of centre activities designed to facilitate transfer of research into practice include:
- management of the Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach Program (PEPA)
- development of a national Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Curriculum in Palliative Care as part of the Palliative Care Curriculum for Undergraduates (PCC4U) project
- evidence-based palliative care workshops (regular workshops conducted in hospital, community and residential aged care facilities).
Development, trial and evaluation of a pain assessment scale for people with dementia
In response to conflict among nursing staff about pain management for people with late-stage dementia, QUT led a study to develop and validate a simple, easy-to-use pain scale suitable for use by all staff in residential aged care facilities. The Abbey pain scale has gained national and international recognition.
- Professor Ray Chan
- Distinguished Professor Patsy Yates
- Professor Elizabeth Beattie
- Professor Theresa Green
- Associate Professor Kim Alexander
- Dr Shirley Chambers
- Dr Amanda Fox
- Dr Christina Parker
- Dr Elaine Fielding
- Dr Helen Skerman
- Dr Isabella Zhao
- Dr Stuart Ekberg
- Dr Jason Mills
- Dr Linda Schnitker
- Dr Margaret MacAndrew
- Dr Wendy Liu
- Dr Jennifer Fox
- Dr Jane Mooney