Realising Nurses’ Contribution to the Art & Science of Healthcare

Realising Nurses’ Contribution to the Art & Science of Healthcare
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Nurses are the silent heroes of healthcare. Nurses are there at the most poignant moments of life and death. Nurses save lives and both prevent and alleviate suffering. Despite this reality, nurses’ ability to influence the development of healthcare in Australia and around the globe is limited by both the ability to articulate our impact and through exclusion from the tables of decision making. This presentation will explore the conditions which contribute to the silence and silencing of the nurses’ voice and consider approaches at an individual and workforce level that can help to realise the contribution of nurses to improved healthcare.    

Presented by Professor Sanchia Aranda, CEO Cancer Council Australia

Professor Aranda has more than 30 years’ experience in cancer control as a clinician, researcher, educator and senior healthcare administrator.

From her early career as a Registered Nurse in New Zealand she specialised in cancer and palliative care, completing a Bachelor of Applied Science, a Master of Nursing and a doctoral thesis exploring nurse-patient relationships in cancer and palliative care. Her most recent role was Director of Cancer Services and Information and Deputy CEO at the Cancer Institute NSW.

Professor Aranda is President-elect of the Union for International Cancer Control (the world’s peak member-based cancer organisation) and a former President of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care.

As well as being a research fellow at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, she holds academic appointments within the School of Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, and the Faculty of Nursing, University of Sydney. From a digital technology perspective in her research work Professor Aranda has led studies
utilising web and application based programs for support of patients, most recently a randomised trial of a remote symptom assessment system with real time health system connectivity. In her previous role at
the Cancer Institute NSW she oversaw the development of technology initiatives in cancer registries including automation of data extracts from clinical information systems into the Central Cancer Registry in New South Wales.

She has also been involved in initiatives to routinely collect patient reported outcomes into clinical information systems. In her CINSW role she established clinical data governance functions and ethical approvals for linked datasets.



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