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Solaris Collaborative Research Team and Publications

We have finished recruitment in our research project to improve Solaris's knowledge about supporting and assisting future cancer patients, and we would like to thank everyone who participated. We appreciate and value the time you have taken completing the survey and we will share the results once they are available. 

Emotional resources and support services can be found here https://solariscancercare.org.au/Emotional%20Resources%20and%20Support%20Services and at the bottom of this page.

The Solaris Collaborative Research Team (CRT) is a multidisciplinary group of health clinicians and researchers with a variety of interests and expertise, who meet regularly to drive the Solaris research agenda in the area of Supportive Cancer Care. The CRT is co-chaired by Professors David Joske and Anne Williams. The team includes the following people:

David Joske

David Joske is a clinical haematologist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH), and was Head of Haematology 1994 – 2012. He is presently a clinical haematologist and Medical Co-Director of the Medical Specialties Division at SCGH. He obtained the Fellowship of the Australian College of Health Service Management in 2017. His clinical and research interests include the treatment of lymphomas and supportive care in cancer. He has held two NHMRC Grants, is a UWA Clinical Professor of Medicine, has published over 75 peer-reviewed publications and given a TED talk on “Re-humanizing Cancer Care”.  He founded Solaris Cancer Care in 2001, and was WA Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2016. He has been a finalist four times for Western Australian of the Year and plays guitar in a blues band.

Anne Williams

Professor Anne Williams is a nurse researcher with nearly 30 years’ experience researching healthcare issues within Western Australia (WA). Anne is the Professor of Health Research and Graduate Research Director in the Discipline of Nursing, College of Science, Health, Engineering and Education, at Murdoch University. Anne maintain links with the acute care hospital setting currently consulting to the Centre for Nursing Research Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Solaris Cancer Care. Anne has an extensive research portfolio in the area of nursing in the acute care hospital setting. Her main interests are patient experience (especially in relation to chronic health conditions), nursing staff wellbeing, psychosocial care, pain management, end-of-life-care, and evidence translation.

Kellie Bennett

Dr Kellie Bennett (phD, MPsych, GradDipEd, MAPS) is in the Division of Psychiatry at The University of Western Australia where she undertakes research, teaching, manages staff and supervises students. Dr Bennett's current research interests include: mental well-being, psycho-oncology and medical education. Dr Bennett also provides statistical support to a range of research projects in the area of substance use. In addition to a wide range of publications in peer-reviewed journals, Dr Bennett has co-authored a statistical textbook for health research entitled "SPSS Statistics: A Practical Guide" which is currently in its 5th edition and has sold over 14,500 copies to local and international health researchers and universities.


Caroline Bulsara

Associate Professor Caroline Bulsara is an academic qualitative researcher in the Institute for Health Research and is postgraduate by research coordinator for the School of Nursing & Midwifery at the University of Notre Dame.Caroline works across WA universities and hospitals to build health research capacity in a number of health related areas. She was inaugural research centre manager for a large WA based not for profit organisation for a period of 3 years and has a strong interest in community and consumer participatory research. This includes expertise in working with disadvantaged and marginalised populations by working on several consumer and community directed studies. She is strongly committed to the giving a ‘voice to’ and enabling the wellbeing of all community members through research and also works with a number of community organisations. She completed her PhD in the area of cancer patient empowerment at the University of Western Australia in 2008. The study included the development of Patient Empowerment Scale using Rasch Modelling which is being used in a number of studies both in Australia and overseas. She is currently the Patient Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMS) qualitative investigator with the Continuous Improvement in Care Cancer (CiCC) program funded by the Cancer Research Trust for a five year period. This program seeks improve outcomes for patients through creating better information sharing mechanisms about what is important to cancer patients and their caregivers.


Celine Fournier

Céline is a Health Research Officer in the Discipline of Nursing at Murdoch University. She is responsible for carrying out research under the direction of the Professor of Health Research, including the day to day management of the Solaris Collaborative Research Team (CRT).

Her background includes a Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Health Care and a Master of Medical Sciences looking at various biopsychosocial aspects of the lives of a group of Hodgkin’s disease survivors in Western Australia. She has extensive qualitative and quantitative research experience, particularly in psychosocial research with cancer and palliative care patients & their carers. She has worked at local, national and international levels. She is a Consumer Editor with the Cochrane Haematological Malignancies Group.

Bonnie Furzer

Bonnie is an early-career (ECR) teaching and research academic within the School of Human Sciences at The University of Western Australia (UWA).  In addition to her academic role, she also maintains a clinical service role as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) at Fremantle Hospital Mental Health Service and director of not-for-profit Thriving – “Building Strong and Healthy Young People through Exercise”.  She is heavily involved in the teaching and training of postgraduate students working towards attainment of accreditation as Exercise Physiologists (allied health), and course coordinator of the Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology at UWA. Broadly, Bonnie’s research and clinical work to date has provided novel contributions to the role and implementation of exercise for physiological and/or psychological outcomes in populations with unique needs including children and youth, cancer, and mental health disorders.  In addition to peer reviewed publications, Bonnie is highly active in the translation and dissemination of research into practice including regular presentations at research, service and community forums, and the management and delivery of community-based exercise services for ‘at-risk’ and/or under serviced groups. Alongside her role in tertiary education, including supervision of doctoral and research students, she is active in professional education including national and international delivery of professional development courses, and her role as an educator for both standard and youth Mental Health First Aid.  Her commitment to service delivery, translation and dissemination of research into practice is further evidence by her long-standing roles with ESSA including Chair of the national Exercise Physiology Advisory Group and Children’s Pre-Exercise Screening Committee, and a member of the Clinical Exercise Education Group.

Chandrika Gibson

Chandrika Gibson is a Naturopath and Yoga Therapist with a Masters in Wellness from RMIT University. Chandrika was the Patient Education Officer at Cancer Council WA and was the Director of Wellness Education and Research at Solaris Cancer Care. She is a  Director of Yoga Therapy at Wisdom Yoga Institute and currently undertaking a PhD at Curtin University. Chandrika's Masters research investigated the effect of yoga on breast cancer survivors' physiological and psychological stress. Her PhD research is investigating the unmet psychosocial and educational support needs of people diagnosed with head and neck cancer. Chandrika is a member of ANTA, Senior member of Yoga Australia, C-IAYT member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Janni Goss

Janni Goss( B.App.Sci.Physio) is a speaker, wellbeing educator and author, having worked with both children and adults, including at Princess Margaret Hospital and the Cottage Hospice. Janni is a Laughter Yoga practitioner and Ambassador for Laughter Yoga International, trained by Dr Madan Kataria, and is known as the 'Laughter Lady". Janni shares stress reduction and wellbeing strategies at Conferences and health and education events and is the author of "Love Laughter and Longevity - the Art and Science of Wellbeing" (2017) Janni is the creator of the JelliTime game and author of "The Nurturing Kids Kit" (2013). Janni advocates for adding the benefits of Laughter Yoga to the Health and Ageing sector to improve the wellbeing of staff and patients. She is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Australian Association of Gerontology, Western Australian Association for Mental Health, Early Childhood Australia, and Early Childhood Intervention Australia. Janni is the president of LaughWA Inc and the advisor for Ageing, Disability and Mental Health for the National Council of Women WA (NCWWA).

Georgia Halkett

A/Prof Georgia Halkett (PhD, FIR, BMedRad(Hons) Radiation Therapist, GAICD) is a Senior Research Fellow at Curtin University. Georgia currently holds a Cancer Council of WA Research Fellowship.  She previously worked as a radiation therapist.  Associate Professor Halkett has been successful in attracting NHMRC, NBCF, Cancer Australia, EORTC and Cancer Council Funding. She has published widely and is currently supervising 4 PhD students. Georgia’s program of research focuses on cancer patient’s psychosocial and information needs, communication between health professionals and cancer patients and research in radiation therapy.

Moira O'Connor

Associate Professor Moira O’Connor is a Senior Research Fellow at Curtin University, Perth WA. Moira’s program of research focuses on psychological aspects of cancer and palliative care including: palliative care family carers’ needs, the experiences and needs of children with a parent with cancer, patient distress in hospital and community settings using the Distress Thermometer, paediatric radiation therapy, bereavement risk assessment in palliative care, interventions for complications of grief including prolonged grief disorder, the role of the interdisciplinary team, and challenges facing health professionals in oncology and palliative care settings. Moira’s work has contributed significantly to our understanding of the needs of patients and family members, particularly children, who are living with cancer or are receiving palliative care. Over the last 5 years Moira has secured over 2 million dollars of funding and has published over 70 articles in quality, high impact journals, and chapters. Moira has supervised 21 PhD student projects to completion. Moira’s community engagement includes being on the local Boards of Palliative Care WA and Huntington’s WA, and being on the national Board of Palliative Care Australia. She was academic lead for the WA Palliative Care Research Collaborative and she is currently Director of Graduate Research in the School of Psychology, Curtin University.

Susan Slatyer

Associate Professor Susan Slatyer is a nurse researcher and educator in the Discipline of Nursing, College of Science, Health, Engineering and Education (SHEE) at Murdoch University and holds adjunct positions at both Curtin and Edith Cowan Universities. Susan has two main research areas: nurse wellbeing and aged care (especially in relation to dementia and family caregivers). She has been instrumental in trialling interventions to sustain cancer nurses’ physical and emotional capacity to care; and to prevent compassion fatigue in acute care nurses; and. She is currently an investigator on an NHMRC funded trial being conducted at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital to evaluate an innovative post-discharge nursing intervention designed to sustain family members of older patients in home-based caregiving. In 2016, Susan was named WA Nurse of the Year and winner of the Excellence in Research award in the WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.

Deborah Kirk Walker

Dr. Deborah Kirk Walker, DNP, FNP-BC, NP- C, AOCN, FAANP - Associate Dean and Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. She received her BSN in 1995 and MSN in 1999 from Troy University and her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of South Alabama in 2007. She has practiced for more than 20 years as an oncology nurse practitioner in various inpatient and outpatient settings. Her current work is expanding cancer/palliative nursing and nurse practitioner education in Western Australia and in parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Additionally, she has developed and expanded a mobile application for cancer resources for community resources locally in Alabama, USA to help fill a gap identified in the clinical setting. Dr. Walker has published her work in various journals including the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing and the Journal of Pediatric Nursing, as well as chapters in the Clinical Manual for the Oncology Advanced Practice Nurse, Core Curriculum for Oncology Nursing (5th ed.) and Diseases of the Breast (5th ed.) medical text book. Dr. Walker is a recognized leader among the oncology community both locally, nationally and internationally. She is the immediate past president of the Oncology Nursing Society Foundation (2016-17) and served on the Oncology Nursing Society Board of Directors as Director at Large (2012-15). Her recent awards include the 2015-16 American Association of Colleges of Nursing Excellence and Innovation in Teaching; the 2016 American Cancer Society Lane Adams Quality of Life Award; and in 2017 she was inducted into the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as a Fellow (FAANP).


Carol Wang

Carol is a Lecturer and researcher in Nursing within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Edith Cowan University. She completed her PhD, Doctor of Philosophy at Edith Cowan University in (2017), a narrative inquiry into the motivation, learning experience, and future career planning of Chinese nursing students at Australian universities. She holds a Master of Nursing from Curtin University of Technology, and a Bachelor of Nursing from Edith Cowan University. In China, she studied Psychological Consultation and Health, and a Diploma of Nursing.

Carol is a Registered Nurse (RN) in China, Singapore and Australia, and has over 26 years’ nursing experience. She is also learning to become a Registered Acupuncturist in Australia. Carol’s career began in China where she worked as a RN for eight years, followed by a further eight years at the National Kidney Foundation and Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore. She moved to Perth and held positions at St John of God, Royal Perth and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospitals as a Registered Nurse, Staff Development Nurse, Diabetic Educator, and Clinical Nurse before beginning her lecturing career at West Coast Institute and finally at ECU.

Her research areas and interests include: Acupuncture/Moxibustion/Cupping therapy clinical trials, Alternative therapy/Natural therapy research, Cancer care, International education, Culture diversity and nursing practice.

She is a Member of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA), Sigma Psi Alpha at-Large Chapter, STTI The Honor Society of Nursing as well as the ECU Early and Middle Career Researcher Network (EMCRN) Committee. Board Member of the Western Australian Chinese Scientists Association (WACSA). President of the Australian Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) and Australia Chapter Leader of the American Holistic Nurses Association.

Patricia Williams

Patricia Williams has been in the medical industry since 1977. She has a Bachelor of Nursing Degree and currently works as a Registered Nurse at Royal Perth. Patricia also has a Diploma in Yoga Teaching and was the Director for Pranic Healing in UK, Ireland and Western Australia. She is a Senior International Instructor and currently the Vice President for the Pranic Healers Association of WA.

Patricia's extensive experience in orthodox medicine encompasses; burns, plastics and surgical nursing, renal, respiratory, acute medical, neurology and more recently oncology and palliative care.

Patricia has been a volunteer therapist and member of the research committee at Solaris Cancer Care since February 2002. She is the Manager of Special Projects & Education and Carers Course for the Foundation. Patricia wrote the Solaris Cancer Care Mentoring Program and co-authored the Volunteer Orientation Guidelines, Standards and Protocols for therapists and the Carers Course Training Manual. Since 2009 she has provided guidance and support as Director of the Solaris Cancer Care Board.

Patricia brings a broad knowledge base of orthodox and complementary therapies to Solaris Cancer Care and is an advocate for complementary integrative therapy provided by qualified therapists in a safe and nurturing environment.

Conference Presentations 2018-19

  1. Insights from a Feasibility Study into Cancer Patients’ Choice and use of Complementary Therapies. Williams A, et al. Cancer Nurse Society of Australia Annual Congress, Brisbane, June 2018.
  1. Your Health, Your Focus, Your Partner: Developing a Nurse Practitioner Led Chronic Disease Survivorship Clinic in Western Australia. Walker DK, Halton H, Whitehead L, Joske D. Oncology Nursing Society, March 2019.
  1. Outpatient Autologous Transplant: Patient experiences during the first month of stem cell transplant.  Crosbie C, Ives A, McConigley R, Saunders C, Joske, D. European Bone Marrow Transplant Society Meeting Frankfurt, March 2019.
  1. Results of a Phase II Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial of a lymphoma nurse-led survivorship model of care. Taylor, K, Joske D, Bulsara M, Bulsara C, Monterosso L. Cancer Survivorship 2019, Sydney March 2019.
  1. Developing a Community Based Nurse Practitioner led Chronic Disease Survivorship Clinic. Kirk Walker D, Halton H, Whitehead L, Joske D. Cancer Survivorship 2019, Sydney March 2019.

 

Publications

Members of the Solaris Collaborative Research Team have authored and co-authored numerous academic peer-reviewed publications. Some of this work has been partially funded by Solaris Cancer Care. Please read some of the work that has been achieved in the field of integrative oncology research.

 

Published Articles

2018

Stomski, N.J., A. Petterson, A., Kristjanson, L., Lobb, E.A., Phillips, M., Williams, A., Morrison, P. ,  Joske, D. “The effect of self-selected complementary therapies on cancer patients’ quality of life and symptom distress: A prospective cohort study in an integrative oncology setting”. Complementary Therapies in Medicine (2018), 37:1-5

Joske D. (Reporter Carrie Cox). “Treating cancer differently”. “The West Australian, Lifestyle – Health & Wellbeing’, Perth, (2018), June 22nd.

Joske, D., Cheah, C. (Reporter Carrie Cox). “Yin and Yang: David Joske & Chan Cheah”. ‘The West Australian, Lifestyle – Medicine’, Perth (2018), May 2nd.

2017

Williams, AM, Lester, L, Bulsara, C. Petterson, A., Bennett, K., Allen, E., Joske, D. (in press) “Patient Evaluation of Emotional Comfort Experienced (PEECE): Developing and Testing a Measurement Instrument”. BMJ-Open (2017), 7:1-9.

The article is open access and so can be downloaded for free at this link: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/bmjopen-2016-012999?ijkey=69tNrauNgfa94zL&keytype=ref

2015

Furzer, Bonnie J., Ackland, T.R., Wallman, K.E., Petterson, A.S., Gordon, S.M., Wright, K.E., Joske, D.J.L. “A randomised controlled trial comparing the effects of a 12-week supervised exercise versus usual care on outcomes in haematological cancer patients.” Supportive Care in Cancer (2015), 24(4):1697-707.

 2014

Furzer, B.J., Petterson, A.S., Wright, K.E., Wallman, K.E., Ackland, T.R.,  Joske, D.J.L. “Positive patient experiences in an Australian integrative oncology centre.” BMC complementary and alternative medicine (2014), 14:158.

Williams, A.M., Bulsara, C.E., Joske, D.J.L., Petterson, A.S., Nowak, A.K., Bennett, K.S. “An Oasis in the Hospital The Perceived Benefits of a Cancer Support Centre in a Hospital Setting Offering Complementary Therapies.” Journal of Holistic Nursing (2014), 32(4):250-260.

 2013

Furzer, B.J. “Outcomes of exercise training and integrative support services on the physiological and psychosocial outcomes of cancer patients”. Thesis, School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health, The University of Western Australia, 232 p.

Furzer, B.J., Wright, K.E., Petterson, A.S., Wallman, K.E., Ackland, T.R., Joske, D.J.L. “Characteristics and quality of life of patients presenting to cancer support centres: patient rated outcomes and use of complementary therapies.” BMC complementary and alternative medicine (2013), 13(1):169.

Williams, A.M., Bulsara, C.E., Petterson, A.S. “Safety and side effects of non-pharmacological interventions as a therapy for cancer.” In Evidence-based Non-pharmacological Therapies for Palliative Cancer Care, Springer Netherlands (2013), 4: 219-251.

Furzer, B., Ackland, T., Wallman, K., Petterson, A., Wright, K., Gordon, S. “Randomized Controlled Trial Of The Efficacy Of a Best Practice Exercise Program Post-Treatment On Physiological and Psychosocial Outcomes In Haematological Cancer Patients.” Blood 122, no. 21 (2013):2942-2942.

 2012

Joske, D. J. “Creating an integrative oncology centre: the SolarisCare experience.” In Olver, I, Robotin M (Eds). Perspectives on Complementary and Alternative Medicines. Cancer Council Australia, Imperial College Press, Sydney (2012):187-206.

Williams, A.M., Slatyer, S. “Reflections on an international study of non-pharmacological caregiving activities at the end of life.” Annals of palliative medicine (2012), 1(3):227-229.

Furzer, B.J., Wallman, K.E., Ackland, T.R., Joske, D.J.L. “Test-retest reliability of the Aerobic Power Index Submaximal Exercise Test in cancer patients.” Journal of sports science & medicine (2012), 11(4):690-4.

Furzer, B.J., Wright, K., Petterson, A.S., Joske, D.J.L., Ackland, T.R., Wallman, K.E. “Characteristics of patients presenting to Western Australian cancer support centres: Patient rated outcomes and use of complementary therapy”. IPOS-COSA Conference, Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology (2012), 8(S3):104-114.

2011

Williams, A.M., Pienaar, C., Toye, C., Joske, D., Lester, L. “Further psychometric testing of an instrument to measure emotional care in hospital.” Journal of clinical nursing (2011), 20(23‐24):3472-3482.

McGrath P, Joske D, Bouwman M. “Benefits from participation in the Chemo Club: Psycho-social insights on an exercise program for cancer patients”. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology (2011), 29(1):103-19.

2009

Williams, A.M., Davies, A., Griffiths, G. “Facilitating comfort for hospitalized patients using non‐pharmacological measures: Preliminary development of clinical practice guidelines.” International journal of nursing practice (2009), 15(3):145-155.

 2008

Joske, D. “What is the Role of Complementary Medicine in Modern Cancer Care?” [Editorial]. Austral-Asian Journal of Cancer (2008), 7(3):1-2.

2007

Joske, D.J. “The Psychology of Cancer”. The Australian Integrated Medicine Association Conference (2007)

2006

Joske, D.J., Rao, A., Kristjanson, L. “Critical review of complementary therapies in haemato-oncology”. Internal Medicine Journal (2006), 36(9):579-86.

2005

Joske, D.J., Popescu, A., Kristjanson, L.J., Wallis, K., Oliver, D. ‘Complementary Medicine Therapies in a Teaching Hospital”. In M. Cohen (Ed) The Art and Science of Holistic Health, The Australasian Integrative Medicine Association, 145-54.

2002

Joske, D.J.L., McGrath, P. Implementing the Holistic Philosophy in Cancer Care: New Directions for the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.  Austral-Asian Journal of Cancer, 2002; 2(1): 33-38.

 

Emotional Resources and Support Services

General Practitioner

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Beyond Blue

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Black Dog Institute

Not-for-profit organisation and world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.

 

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Cancer Council

Australia

Provides information and support for people affected by cancer.

www.cancer.org.au

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Carers Australia

Provides unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who are frail aged.

 

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Dads in Distress

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GriefLine

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Headspace

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Health Direct

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Men’s Health Australia

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MensLine Australia

National telephone and online support, information & referral service for Australian men with a 24 hour professional counselling service.

 

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Mens Sheds Association Australia

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Sane Australia

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1800 187 263

 

Solaris Cancer Care Counsellor

Solaris Cancer Care counsellors are qualified psychologists and psychotherapists with experience in issues of grief, bereavement, loss and change. They provide a safe and supportive environment for people affected by cancer or a serious illness, where patients, their carer and family can discuss their emotional and practical concerns.

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