Distinguished Professor Patsy YatesDistinguished Professor Patsy Yates
Professor Patsy Yates is jointly appointed as Head of QUT's School of Nursing, Lead Researcher for the Cancer Nursing Professorial Precinct at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and Director for Queensland Health’s statewide Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education (CPCRE). Patsy has been instrumental in leading a process of re-imagining how education is delivered to undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students and how academic-service partnerships are optimised to ensure nursing’s contribution is realised. She also leads a large competitively-funded research program focused on developing workforce capacity in cancer and palliative care; advancing the management of cancer-related symptoms and treatment side effects; and strengthening the nexus between research, policy and practice in cancer and palliative care. Patsy is the immediate Past-President of Palliative Care Australia and is President of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care.
Professor Ray ChanProfessor Ray Chan
As the Professorial Chair for Cancer Nursing embedded in the Metro South Health hospital network, Ray’s research brings together consumers, oncologists and a multidisciplinary research team to optimise models of care and outcomes for cancer survivors. The initiatives of his research team have direct real-world implications and benefits. Ray’s leadership in nurse-led, multidisciplinary research in cancer survivorship is well appreciated at the local, national and international levels.
Associate Professor Kim AlexanderAssociate Professor Kim Alexander
Kim works at the nexus of science and clinical care for people with cancer. She is a pioneer in researching genetics and patient outcomes in cancer, and established and leads the Personalised Cancer Care Research Theme of the Cancer and Palliative Care Outcomes Group at QUT. She has had the privilege to train several masters and doctoral candidates whose successful research careers began when they were part of her team. Her multidisciplinary research experience in cancer, epidemiology, genomics, nursing, and patient outcomes keeps her focused on opportunities to optimise the outcomes for people with cancer through personalised approaches to cancer care. Her studies involve understanding and testing predictive profiling and tailored interventions to inform decision-making and optimise outcomes for people with cancer.
Dr Natalie BradfordDr Natalie Bradford
Natalie’s research program is developing models of care to improve experiences and outcomes for young people with cancer and life-limiting conditions. She is leading studies that span the continuum of cancer care, from diagnosis through to long-term survivorship and palliative care. Having worked for most of her career as a children’s cancer nurse, Natalie understands the challenges of implementing change in health systems. Natalie uses co-design principles, working with doctors, nurses, health administrators, educators, patients and families to ensure interventions are acceptable and able to be integrated into routine care.