The Palliative and Supportive 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Health Issues Centre
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.
Associate Professor Natasha Michael MBChB FRACP FAChPM MRCPI MRCGP MSc
Associate Professor Clare O’Callaghan BSW BMus MMus PhD RMT
Dr Merlina Sulistio
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:
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)
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.