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Professor Benjamin Tan

Higher Degree by Research
Associate Professor Benjamin Tan

Professor Benjamin Tan is a Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean Research in the College of Nursing and Midwifery at Charles Darwin University. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Southwest Medical University. Benjamin received his PhD from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and his PhD training was partially completed at the highly regarded University of Manchester in the UK. He is a Registered Nurse in Australia, New Zealand and China.

Benjamin’s research background is centred on cancer survivorship care and chronic illness care. He has extensive experience in successfully leading and coordinating high-quality randomised controlled trials for long-term symptom management in patients with cancer and chronic conditions. His work has been published in over 80 publications in international and national peer-review journals and conferences, and he has participated in over 25 research projects as a key investigator.

Benjamin’s research in cancer and chronic illness care has significantly impacted practice guidelines, training programs, handbooks, and the formation of new supportive care interventions. His research has been adopted in several international and national practice guidelines, including those developed by the European Society for Medical Oncology, the American College of Chest Physicians, Cancer Care Ontario, the UK National Institute for Health & Care Excellence, and the US Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. His research has been incorporated into national training programs for primary care clinicians in Brazil and a care model for family carers in Italy. Benjamin’s research has directly informed survivor-centred interventions for improving symptom outcomes, including auricular therapy, inspiratory muscle training, physical exercise, acupuncture, and somatic acupressure.

Benjamin’s exceptional professional leadership in developing editorial and peer-review policies and procedures has also been internationally recognised. He is an Associate Editor for BMC Palliat Care, an Academic Editor for Evid Based Complement Alternat Med, an Academic Editor for PLOS One, and an Editorial Board Member for Eur J Oncol Nurs. Benjamin’s outstanding journal review contributions have been well recognised with Outstanding Reviewer Awards granted by Int J Nurs Sci in three consecutive years (2017–2019). Publons awarded him two Peer Review Awards and placed him among the top 1% of global reviewers in Nursing (2017) and in Clinical Medicine (2018).

Benjamin would be willing to accept PhD and Master by Research students in the areas of his research interests below:

Research interests:

  •    cancer symptom management
  •    integrative medicine
  •    evidence-based practice for chronic disease management.

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