Cancer Nurses Society of Australia, 15th Winter Congress

26 July 2012 - 28 July 2012

Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania

Keynote Speakers


International Keynote Speaker

Donna  Berry

Dr Donna Berry

Donna L. Berry, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN is Director of the Phyllis F. Cantor Center for Research in Nursing and Patient Care Services at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Recruited to Dana-Farber from the University of Washington in Seattle, Dr. Berry investigates the human experience of having a cancer diagnosis, ranging from making treatment decisions to managing cancer symptoms and side effects. Dr. Berry has lead a program of research, beginning in 1998, to improve the treatment decision making process for men with localized prostate cancer and their clinicians to ultimately improve health outcomes. In 2011, Dr. Berry was the recipient of the Distinguished Researcher Award from the Oncology Nursing Society. She also received the Ruth McCorkle Annual Award & Lecture from the Puget Sound Oncology Nursing Society as well as the Distinguished Scholar Award & Lecture from the University of Massachusetts Boston, College of Nursing.



Invited Keynote Speakers

Catherine Bouvier

Catherine Bouvier

Thirteen years ago Catherine Bouvier started to work within an embryonic NET service set up by Professor Caplin at the Royal Free Hospital in the UK.  This service grew significantly over the years and Catherine Bouvier helped to set up a front-line nursing service for NET patients and a NET nursing community.  In 2007 Catherine Bouvier started a charity called the NET Patient Foundation with the help of two net patients.  As Catherine Bouvier was still in full time work at the Royal Free the two patients essentially ran a basic website and a communication forum.

In 2008 Catherine Bouvier changed roles to move the charity forward and to try and improve the quality of life of those patients who had no specialist service or nurse to help them.  Some of the main aims were to deliver a sense of community with the website, forum and patient meetings.  Another aim was to provide patient information that was accurate and easy to read and to distribute it throughout the UK.  Similarly, the aim was to provide a helpline for patients and family members needing someone to talk to and to raise awareness of this complex and unusual cancer. 

Five years on and we still have so much to do but the focus has never changed.  We must be the patient advocate and bridge that gap between the science and the patient experience.

Michal Boyd

Dr Michal Boyd

Dr Michal Boyd is a Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. From 2006 to 2009, she was Clinical Leader for Community Services for Older Adults through Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB).   She has been a provider, leader and researcher of care management and healthcare integration for older people since the early 1990’s.

Sibilah  Breen

Dr Sibilah Breen

Dr Sibilah Breen is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Nursing and Supportive Care Research at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne Australia. Sibilah gained her PhD in the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology at the University of Melbourne and has subsequently worked at the University of Newcastle and Monash University. She also currently holds an honorary position with the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Sibilah’s main research interests focus on the development of electronic systems to screen cancer patients for unmet supportive care needs. Her latest projects revolve around the development of remote side-effect monitoring and management systems for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment. She has presented her work both nationally and internationally, is a reviewer for the journal Supportive Care in Cancer and is a member of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia and the International Psycho-oncology Society.

Keryln Carville

Professor Keryln Carville

Keryln has an expansive clinical practice in wound and ostomy management and has a commitment to research and education within these domains. She was made a Fellow of the Australian Wound Management Association (AWMA) in 2006, is Chair of the Australian Pressure Injury Advisory Panel and Chair of the AWMA Australian Wound Standards Committee.  She chairs the  Evidence Committee International Wound Infection Institute and the WoundsWest Education Committee.

Keryln is an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Stomal Therapy Australia and the Journal of Wound Practice and Research. Keryln is actively involved in the Wound Management Innovation CRC in her roles with Curtin University, Silver Chain and WoundsWest. She has many publications and delivered key note addresses nationally and internationally. She was awarded the inaugural Life Time Achievement Award for Nursing by WA Health in 2010.

Lilian Daly

Ms Lilian Daly

Lilian Daly is currently the Program Manager, Quality Cancer Systems at the Cancer Institute NSW. In this role she is responsible for a range of projects supporting the development of a quality cancer system in NSW. Lilian has over 20 years experience as a clinician, educator, and writer in a range of cancer-related and primary healthcare environments. Lilian has a keen interest in the delivery of evidence-based, quality cancer services and care as evidenced by her longstanding involvement in this area. Lilian holds a bachelor of nursing, graduate certificate in oncological nursing, graduate diploma in clinical epidemiology and master of public health.

Declan  Murphy

A/Professor Declan Murphy

Declan Murphy moved to Melbourne, Australia in January 2010 to take up appointments as urologist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and Director of Outcomes Research at the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre. He is Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne, St Vincent’s Hospital and Director of Robotic Surgery at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. He is Head of the Uro-Oncology Tumour Stream at Royal Melbourne Hospital. He had previously been consultant urological surgeon at Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London. 

Declan has a strong academic background and has published extensively in the field of minimally-invasive urology for the management of prostate, renal and bladder cancer. He is on the editorial board of European Urology and the Journal of Robotic Surgery, and is a regular reviewer for The Journal of Urology, the BJUi and the Journal of Sexual Medicine. With Professor Tony Costello he is Co-Director of the Laparoscopic & Robotic Urology Fellowship Program across Royal Melbourne Hospital, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Epworth Richmond. 

Cathy Teager

Ms Cathy Teager

Cathy is currently Program Manager in the Workforce Innovation and Reform work group of Health Workforce Australia.

Cathy has over 14 years experience in health system redesign and change management and has worked across government and non-government sectors to assist organisations to embrace change and streamline service delivery. She has a keen interest in e-Health and has managed programs to develop and implement improved systems for primary care.

At Health Workforce Australia Cathy manages a range of programs seeking to use innovation and reform to drive better use of the existing health workforce and implement programs to test new assistant and extended scopes of practice to meet the future health workforce challenges facing Australia.  Cathy managed the development of the National Health Workforce Innovation and Reform Strategic Framework that was endorsed by the Australian Health Ministers in August 2011 which together with the recently released Health Workforce 2025 provides the policy platform for HWA.

Anna Ugalde

Dr Anna Ugalde

Anna Ugalde is a senior research officer in the Department of Nursing & Supportive Care Research at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. She has recently completed her PhD on caregivers of people with advanced cancer. Other research interests include measuring the patient and caregiver experience, evaluating services and supports for patients, the unique needs of people with lung cancer and models of follow up. She has presented on these topics nationally and internationally and has published work in peer reviewed journals. 

Patsy Yates

Professor Patsy Yates

Patsy is jointly appointed as Professor of Nursing with the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at Queensland University of Technology, and Director for Queensland Health’s Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education. She leads a range of  research and service improvement programs 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 care. Patsy served as inaugural National Chairperson for the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia, and as a member of the Executive Committee and Council of the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia. She is currently chairperson for the Cancer Care Coordinator Interest Group of the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia.