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College of Nursing & Midwifery

Chronic Disease, Cancer and Ageing Research Group

  • Professor Catherine Turner AM

    Prof Turner is the Dean of the College of Nursing and Midwifery. Prof Turner has qualifications in nursing, population health and education, has worked as a clinical nurse, epidemiologist and held senior appointments in the tertiary and government sectors since 1992, including a Ministerial appointment as Assistant Commissioner (Nursing) in Queensland. She was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University and a recipient of a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Fellowship. Prof Turner has published more than 145 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of nursing, midwifery, chronic disease management, delivery of patient care and population health, as well as attracted over $7 million in grant funding (including NHMRC and ARC projects) as the lead investigator.

    Professor Marilynne N Kirshbaum

    Prof Kirshbaum, Chair of the CDU-Human Research Ethics Committee, obtained a BSc Nursing and Anthropology from New York University and an MSc and PhD from the University of Manchester, UK. Her area of expertise is in cancer and palliative care nursing where she has published and presented extensively. She remains committed to advancing nursing science through exploring the complexities of fatigue and well-being from a theoretical, behavioural, multi-cultural, social and therapeutic energy perspective. The emergent Energy Restoration Framework and Joyful Freedom Approach to Recovery is based on over 25 years of experiential, exploratory and empirical research.

    Dr Nasreena Waheed

    Nasreena is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing from Monash University, a Master of Nursing Science from the University of Adelaide and a Doctor of Public Health from Flinders University, Australia. She is the recipient of many competitive Merit Scholarships including the Australian Government’s prestigious Endeavour Postgraduate Award. She is a Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society who represent the top 15% of College and University students across the world. Nasreena’s latest publications focus on cancer care coordination and arts in cancer care.

    Ms Tao (Alison) Wang

    Alison is currently a Research Associate in the College of Nursing and Midwifery. She is also a nursing PhD candidate at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Alison’s research areas focus on palliative care and symptom management in patients with cancer and chronic diseases. She has published nearly 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has participated in more than 10 research projects as either principal investigator or co-investigator.

    Ms Li-Qun Yao (HDR Member)

    Li-Qun is a PhD candidate under the supervision of Associate Prof Benjamin Tan and Prof Catherine Turner. Her research interest is centred on symptom management sciences and complementary therapies. She attained a Master of Medicine degree from Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China, and a Master of Science (Rehabilitation Science) degree from Duquesne University, the US. Since 2011, she has published over 25 research articles in national and international peer-reviewed journals and has participated in several research projects as a key investigator.

    Dr Eileen Cheng (Affiliated Member)

    Eileen is a Research Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Eileen’s methodological expertise is in qualitative and mixed-methods research, qualitative systematic review, as well as clinical intervention development and testing. Her research areas focus on supportive care in cancer specializing in symptom management, psycho-oncology, breast cancer survivorship, and nutritional oncology. Her research has been published in international peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle, Psycho-Oncology, BMC Cancer, and Supportive Care in Cancer.

    Dr Daniel Liu (Affiliated Member)

    Daniel is a Senior Research Nurse Consultant at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology Union Shenzhen Hospital. He is also the Deputy Director of Nanshan Evidence-Based Nursing Centre: A Joanna Briggs Institute Affiliated Group. Daniel holds a PhD in Nursing from the Australian Catholic University and a Doctor of Medicine from Tongji University. Daniel’s research background is centred on the healthcare of patients with cancer and chronic diseases. Daniel has a distinguished research record as evidenced by internationally recognised publications and success in attracting research funding.

  • Development and preliminary evaluation of an evidence-based somatic acupressure protocol for the self-management of symptom cluster of fatigue, insomnia and depression in breast cancer patients

    This is an international collaborative research project that aims to develop and evaluate an evidence-based acupressure protocol for managing the fatigue-sleep disturbance-depression symptom cluster in breast cancer patients. This project will provide robust evidence to support a promising nonpharmacological approach that can be transferred quickly into practice to help alleviate cancer symptoms, reduce individual financial burden, and potentially increase completion rates of routine cancer treatment.

    Effects of a traditional Chinese exercise program - tai chi on symptom cluster in breast cancer patients: a preliminary randomized controlled trial

    This project is supported by the highly competitive Australian government research training program (RTP) scholarship. The overall aim of this project is to test the feasibility and acceptability of an evidence-based tai chi intervention to manage the breast cancer symptom cluster and to preliminarily explore the effects of tai chi on patients’ symptom cluster and QoL through a preliminary randomized controlled trial.

    Acupuncture for joint symptoms in breast cancer patients: A pragmatic randomised controlled trial

    This project aims to examine the effectiveness of acupuncture for the management of joint symptoms in breast cancer patients who are currently undergoing hormone treatments following the completion of taxane-based chemotherapy. The study will investigate and interpret the use, delivery and outcomes of acupuncture in the management of a debilitating symptom of cancer therapies in order to inform clinical decision-making and policy-making and contribute to the evidence base for the treatment of hormone treatment-related joint symptoms.

    Resistance inspiratory muscle training (IMT) for breathlessness in patients with thoracic malignancies: A randomized controlled trial

    This study aims to assess the effects of IMT on breathlessness in patients with thoracic malignancies. Findings from this study will provide reliable evidence on the use of IMT for dyspnoea symptom management in cancer population. Evidence identified from this study could facilitate the evidence translation from research to clinical practice by introducing lung cancer patients with an effective and convenient self-management approach to managing their breathlessness which is usually less responsive to conventional pharmacological interventions.


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