New follow-up care models could benefit thousands of cancer survivors

Thousands of cancer survivors could benefit from a new model of shared follow-up care delivered by specialist cancer care nurses, GPs, and cancer specialists incorporating telehealth sessions being implemented under a five-year $1.5 million NHMRC Investigator Grant.

QUT Faculty of Health Professor of Cancer Nursing, Ray Chan said the Investigator Grant would be used to transform the way Australian cancer survivors receive care after they have completed treatment.

Professor Chan is also a member of the QUT Centre for Healthcare Transformation.
Professor Chan said he was thrilled and honored to have received a NHMRC Investigator Grant to support his research.

Professor Chan said the new model would use specialist cancer nurses, who make up the largest acute cancer care workforce, to enable the shared-care arrangement.

“These nurses will receive training and support to address any barriers impeding share-care arrangements,” he said.

“We will also ensure GPs have access to a range of clinical tools and resources, including Medicare items to enable them to spend time with the patient to discuss any side-effects of treatment or anxieties they may have.”

Professor Chan said the grant is an important investment in health service innovation researchers.