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The Palliative Care Research Program was established in 2014 following the reconfiguration of the palliative care service across Cabrini, and the appointment of a senior research associate to support research endeavours. We aim to focus on clinical translation research that impacts on the holistic care of the patient with a life-limiting illness and their family.

Our research is collaborative and our areas of research include models of service delivery for cancer and non-malignant patients, communication and future care planning, symptom management, psycho oncology, bioethics and creative arts therapies in palliative care. Additionally we support projects and research undertaken by advance trainees from the Royal Australian College of Physicians.

We welcome enquiries from research students wishing to complete their research projects in palliative care. Email your enquiries to cocallaghan@cabrini.com.au

 

Current collaborative research project involvement includes:
  • Meaning and Purpose Therapy
  • Extending awareness of healthcare ethics at Cabrini: Junior clinicians’ perspectives
  • The lived experience of parents in communicating their cancer diagnosis to their children (collaboration with the Szalmuk Family Psycho-oncology Unit) Learn more
  • Assessing the relationship between the components of the PH-FRAT and falls rates in an inpatient palliative care setting
  • Using the vignette technique (hypothetical scenarios) to facilitate difficult conversations with cancer patients and carers
  • Assessing General Practitioner involvement in cancer care from diagnosis to advanced illness
  • Prevalence of common oral problems in a palliative care setting
  • Palliative care and art therapy

Organisational Collaborations:

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

  • Predictors of willingness to cease oral medication in Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia patients with a deep molecular response.
  • An exploration of spiritual wellbeing and unmet spiritual needs in an Australian cancer setting.

Health Issues Centre

  • Community discourse on advance care planning: Programme implications

Deakin University

  • Knowledge and comprehension of advance care planning in people with cancer.
Completed research projects include:

Introducing a model incorporating early integration of specialist palliative care: A qualitative research study of staff’s perspectives. Learn More

"I might not have cancer if you didn't mention it": A qualitative study on information needed by culturally diverse cancer survivors. Learn More

A mixed method feasibility study of a patient- and family-centred advance care planning intervention for cancer patients. Learn More

“What is this active surveillance thing?” Men's and partners’ reactions to treatment decision-making for prostate cancer when active surveillance is the recommended treatment option. Learn More

Refinement and revalidation of the demoralisation scale

 

Head of Service

Associate Professor Natasha Michael MBChB FRACP FAChPM MRCPI MRCGP MSc

Research Associate

AssociateProfessor Clare O’Callaghan BSW BMus MMus PhD RMT

Collaborators

Dr Merlina Sulistio

Dr Joanne Broker

 

Cabrini Palliative Care researchers regularly teach on palliative care in community and university forums, present at local and international conferences, and are actively involved in research and authoritative publications.

Select the link below to view the Cabrini Palliative Care Research publications listing:

Refereed Journals

1. Michael, N., O’Callaghan, C., Brooker, J. E., Walker, H., Hiscock, R., Phillips, D. (in press). Introducing a model incorporating early integration of specialist palliative care: A qualitative study of staff’s perspectives. Palliative Medicine.

2. Michael N, O’Callaghan C, Gough K, Hiscock N, Baird A, Krishnasamy M, Clayton J. (2015). A feasibility study of a patient- and family-centred advance care planning intervention for cancer patients. BMC Palliative Care. DOI: 10.1186/s12904-015-0023-1

3. O'Callaghan, C., Schofield, P., Butow, P., Nolte, L., Price, M., Tsintziras, S., Sze, M., Thein, T., Yiu, D., Mireskandari, S., Goldstein, D., & Jefford, M. (in press). "I might not have cancer if you didn't mention it": A qualitative study on information needed by culturally diverse cancer survivors. Support Care Cancer.

4. Sulistio. M., Franco, M., Vo, A., Poon, P., & Williams, L. (2015). Hospital rapid response team and patients with life-limiting illness: a multicentre retrospective cohort study Palliative Medicine. 29:302-9. DOI: 10.1177/0269216314560802. (Article selected as Editor’s choice of the month).

5. Hughes, R. Thompson, K, Zannino D, Michael N, Holland L, Link E. (2015). Prevalence and intensity of pain and other physical and psychological symptoms in adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer on referral to a palliative care service. Accepted Journal of Adolescence and Young Adult Oncology 4(2), 70-75. DOI:10.1089/jayao.2014.0015.

6. O’Callaghan, C., Dryden, T., Hyatt, A., Brooker, J., Burney, S., Wootten, A., White, A., Frydenberg, M., Murphy, D., Williams, S., & Schofield, P. (2014). “What is this active surveillance thing?” Men's and partners’ reactions to treatment decision-making for prostate cancer when active surveillance is the recommended treatment option. Psycho-oncology. DOI: 10.1002/pon.3576

7. Mendis R, Soo WK, Zannino D, Michael N, Spruyt O. (accepted). Multidisciplinary prognostication using the palliative prognostic score in an Australian cancer centre. Palliative Care: Research and Treatment

8. O’Callaghan C, McDermott F, Hudson P, Michael N, Zalcberg J. Music’s relevance for people affected by cancer across the lifespan: Implications for cancer care. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 10,161. (abstract)

 

Book Chapters

1. O’Callaghan, C., & Magill, L. (in press). Music therapy in adult oncology. In Edwards, J. (ed.) Handbook of music therapy. London: Oxford University Press.

2. O’Callaghan, C., & Michael, N. (in press). Music therapy in mourning. In Edwards, J. (ed.) Handbook of music therapy. London: Oxford University Press.

3. O’Callaghan, C. (in press). Grounded theory. In B. Wheeler et al (Eds.). Music therapy research, 3rd edition. Phoenixville: Barcelona Pub.

4. O’Callaghan, C. Music therapy in palliative medicine. (2015). In Cherny, N., Fallon, M, Kaasa, S., Portnoy, R., Currow, D., & Morita, J. (Eds.) Oxford textbook of palliative medicine (5th edn.). London: Oxford University Press.

5. O’Callaghan, C. Forrest, L., & Wen, Y. (2015). Music therapy in palliative care. In Wheeler, B. (ed). Music therapy handbook (pp. 468-480). New York: Guildford Publications.