Professor Jane Phillips, IMPACCT Director and Professor of Palliative Nursing
Professor Jane Phillips has extensive experience in cancer and chronic disease nursing and research. She has delivered evidenced-based palliative care across diverse settings, including regional and rural Australia. Professor Phillips has led and evaluated complex health service reforms and has led a number of major cancer and palliative care reform initiatives at local and national levels. Jane’s research aims to strengthen the links between research, policy and practice.
Professor David Currow, Professor of Palliative Medicine
Professor David Currow is an international recognised expert in improving the delivery of palliative care. He is a Professor in the Faculty of Health, UTS and the Chief Investigators of the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC). Professor Currow is active researcher with contributions in clinical trials, population-based planning and codifying the evidence base underpinning palliative care.
Professor Meera Agar, Professor of Palliative Medicine
Professor Meera Agar is a palliative medicine physician with a particular interest in the supportive care needs of people suffering from advanced illness on the brain. Meera leads a clinical research portfolio at UTS, including clinical trials and health service evaluation. She is also the Chair of the ImPaCCT:NSW Management Advisory Committee and the Chair of Cancer Symptom Trials (CST).
Professor Deborah Parker, Professor of Aged Care
Professor Deborah Parker is the Professor of Aged Care (Dementia) in the Faculty of Health. Her primary areas of research are palliative care for older people, dementia and health services evaluation in aged care. She was the lead investigator on the Palliative Approach Toolkit - an evidence based knowledge translation product that has been provided to every residential aged care facility in Australia.
Professor Lawrence Lam, Professor of Public Health
Professor Lawrence Lam is an epidemiologist, medical statistician and research psychologist with a special interest in paedatric and adolescent mental health. His research interests include environmental child health, risky behaviours among young people, and rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury among children and young people.
Professor Patricia Davidson, Professor of Cardiovascular Nursing
Professor Patricia Davidson has an established program of research that focuses on chronic cardiovascular disease, heart failure, palliative care for non-malignant conditions, women's health and Indigenous cardiovascular health. A primary objective of her work has been to improve cardiovascular health of women and under-served populations through development of innovative, acceptable, and sustainable initiatives within Australia and beyond.
Professor Louise Hickman, Director of Studies, Palliative Care Programs
Associate Professor Hickman's research focuses on improving care in ageing, specifically multimorbidity, cognitive decline, dementia, palliative care and translational research that bridges the gaps between the acute care sector, community and residential aged care. Dr Hickman is responsible for the quality management; curriculum design and accreditation of a suite of dynamic clinically relevant palliative care post graduate courses and programs from 2018 onwards.
Associate Professor Michelle DiGiacomo, Associate Professor (Research)
Associate Professor Michelle DiGiacomo's work focuses on exploring ways in which health and service initiatives can be tailored to meet diverse needs and preferences of individuals and groups. With a background in organisational and health psychology, she researches the interaction of health and other services with vulnerable populations, particularly in respect to access and appropriateness of care.
Associate Professor Sally Inglis, Senior Research Fellow
Associate Professor Sally Inglis is a NSW Cardiovascular Research Network Life Science Fellow. Sally is currently leading Cochrane Reviews examining self-management interventions for people with peripheral arterial disease and the use of m-health technology for health education in heart failure.
Dr Irina Kinchin, Senior Research Fellow
Dr Irina Kinchin has a joint appointment with IMPACCT and the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE). As a health economist since 2013, Irina has conducted research and evaluation projects with a range of government, NGO, industry and community partners. She has multidisciplinary expertise in the impact evaluation of non-medical intervention programs and services for vulnerable populations including people at risk of suicide, Indigenous Australians, people with mental illness, experiencing homelessness, substance abuse, or frailty. Irina is undertaking applied and methods research in the area of palliative, aged and chronic care, mental health and health services.
Dr Tim Luckett, Senior Lecturer
Dr Tim Luckett is interested in developing and evaluating complex interventions for people with life-limiting illnesses and their families. He has a special interest in interventions that support self-management and decision-making.
Postdoctoral research fellows
Dr Seong Leang Cheah
Dr Seong Leang Cheah is an experienced linked data analyst and a registered Chinese medicine practitioner for acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Seong has created and analysed the first national linked dataset on perinatal and maternal outcomes in Australia. Seong's field of interest focuses on developing research models from large epidemiological datasets. Seong has rich experience in collating, managing and analysing datasets in interstate and national research projects relating to palliative care, aged care, midwifery and childcare, acupuncture and Chinese medicine as well as disability and expenditure.
Dr Anna Green
Dr Anna Green is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Prostate Cancer Survivorship (CRE-PCS), based within IMPACCT. Anna's research interest is health services research for priority populations living with chronic conditions. Her postdoctoral fellowship is focused on better understanding the psychosocial needs of female partners of prostate cancer survivors to inform service design and delivery to support their health and well-being. Her doctoral research focused on access to services and support for Aboriginal children with a disability and their families as part of the Australian Research Council Linkage Project, Doubly Disadvantaged.
Dr Slavica Kochovska
Dr Slavica Kochovska is the inaugural Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC). Slavica's research aims to improve the experience of advanced symptoms for people with serious, advanced illnesses. Her goal is to improve communication between patients, caregivers and clinicians developing innovative interventions that facilitate patient-clinician communication. She is investigating novel methods to facilitate earlier recognition of the effects of advanced symptoms on quality of life. Slavica is a linguist and is experienced in research and teaching as well as healthcare project management, quality improvement and implementation science. She has undertaken systematic review and commissioned reports to improve policy and practice in palliative, cancer and delirium care.
Dr Rayan Saleh Moussa
Dr Rayan Saleh Moussa is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Cancer Symptom Trials (CST) team. Rayan's research aims to identify symptom interventions that may offer benefit to people living with cancer. She has a strong understanding of drug development from the pre-clinical to clinical phase. Her doctoral degree focused on identifying the molecular mechanisms involved in the regulation of cell cycle proteins in response to anti-cancer agents, namely Iron Chelators. Rayan has also managed a range of projects that had clinical implications, specifically in the areas of health promotion, disease prevention and disease management in her capacity as medical writer.
Dr Mariana Sousa
Dr Mariana Sousa is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC). Her postdoctoral research aims to identify cancer interventions that benefit people with cancer cachexia. For this, she will utilise her expertise in the conceptualisation and strategic planning of qualitative and quantitative clinical research projects with direct relevance to cancer care and services as well as in the development and implementation of research protocols in Australia and internationally for not-for-profit, government, academic and clinical settings. Mariana is a medical doctor with a specialisation in gynaecology. Her research has resulted in significant advances in the fields of cancer survivorship and the impact of health on quality of life, making her work in this area both nationally and internationally recognised.
With a background in medical science and community health, Ingrid's interests in both clinical research and rural health was largely shaped by her time spent conducting research on treatment regimens for skin infections in a remote Indigenous community in Western Australia. Ingrid is currently undertaking a PhD at IMPACCT on the biological and clinical predictors and correlates of delirium in people with advanced cancer.
Priyanka is involved with several research projects at ImPACCT. Her research interest includes digital technology mediated symptom management behaviours. She is currently doing a PhD exploring the role of Apps in assisting older people self-manage their pain.
Layla is currently involved in a range of clinical trials in advanced illness and chronic care within IMPACCT. Her key research interests are in public health, epidemiology and health promotion. Layla is also currently undertaking a PhD, which aims to shed light on the context and experience of women recently released from Australian prisons once they re-enter the community.
Nicole is an implementation scientist working within the Centre on several translational research projects focussed on strengthening palliative and cancer care service provision. Nicole’s implementation science research interests include medication safety in palliative care and clinical education. She is due to complete her doctoral research in late 2017, examining the scope and impact of medication errors with opioids in specialist palliative care services.
Angela is an experienced registered nurse and has completed her PhD in generating contextual knowledge of the potential for meditation to be integrated into heart disease care. She is developing a program of research program in psychological health, stress management and integrated care focused on mind-body therapies and heart disease secondary prevention. Angela is currently conducting the MENTOR study looking at implementing meditation in heart disease care. She was previously the study coordinator for an ARC-funded Heart Awareness for Women randomised controlled trial that explored strategies to improve heart disease for women in cardiac rehabilitation.
Isabelle has a background in medical science and is completing a Master of Science (Infection and Immunity). Isabelle is working on the Cancer Pain Assessment Study, investigating the impact of a spaced education module on clinicians' pain documentation and management in palliative care cancer patients. She is also working on the Life-space assessment-palliative care (LSA-PC) study, and provides research assistance to Professor Jane Phillips.
Vanessa Moore, IMPACCT Centre Office Manager
Vanessa provides executive support to core administrative and management activities across IMPACCT and is Executive Assistant to Professor Jane Phillips, IMPACCT Director, and Professor Meera Agar, Chair of Cancer Symptom Trials (CST).
Catherine Lambert, Admin and Finance Support
Catherine provides administrative and financial support to the IMPACCT team.