CNSA President

Prof Raymond Chan 
Professor of Nursing
Queensland University of Technology and Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital
Phone: 0410 791 019

Professor Raymond Chan is the CNSA President (2015-2017). Raymond is jointly appointed as Professor Nursing at Queensland University of Technology and Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. Ray's research program focuses on supportive care in cancer, with a special interest in how health services respond to the needs of people affected by cancer across the cancer trajectory especially in the survivorship phase. Ray has an extensive publication profile in highly ranked journals. He has conducted a number of invited lectures at national and international conferences. To date, he has been awarded close to $5 million AUD of competitive research grants and published over 60 refereed journal articles in cancer care. Ray serves as the inaugural Associate Editor for the Cancer Nursing: An International Journal of Cancer Care and as an Editorial Board Member for the European Journal of Oncology Nursing. Prior to becoming CNSA President Elect in 2014, Ray served on the CNSA Grant and Award Committee ('09-'10), Education Committee ('09-'10), and Winter Congress Local Organising Committee ('13).

President Elect

Jane Campbell
Metro South, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane QLD
Phone: 0403 042 545

Jane is the President Elect on the CNSA National Executive Committee. Jane has over 25 years experience in cancer nursing both in the private and public sectors as an educator, researcher and clinician. Her history with CNSA started at its inception as she was involved in the initial discussions to establish a national caner nursing group and in the lead up to CNSA’s formation. Jane co-wrote the first National Standards for Cancer Nursing with Sanchia Aranda and Cathie McMutrie and worked with Doreen Akkermann to develop the first Cancer Information Service in Australia. She has been involved in many research studies and a number of educational programs for Cancer Nursing. In 2013 Jane was the Local Chair for the first CNSA conference following the separation of CNSA from COSA in Brisbane. Jane works in Cancer Services at The Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane and is undertaking post graduate studies. She is passionate about cancer education and research.

Acting Secretary/TAS Representative/ SPN Coordinator

Laura Pyszkowski
CNE Cancer Services
Royal Hobart Hospital
Phone: 03 6222 8286


Laura is the Tasmanian Representative on the CNSA National Executive Committee and is currently based at the Royal Hobart Hospital. Laura's career in Cancer Nursing has seen her work locally, nationally and overseas in both outpatient and inpatient clinical settings as a clinician and educator. Laura has completed her Masters in nursing and is eager to pursue another academic challenge. Laura has been working closely with the Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand Tasmanian nurses group to provide Tasmanian Cancer Nurses with professional development opportunities in the form of educational evenings. Laura is passionate about developing the skills and knowledge base of the next generation of cancer nurses and has a special interest in the nurses’ roles in addressing the advanced supportive care needs of the patient with cancer.


Kylie Ash
National Manager for the Palliative Care Curriculum for Undergraduates project (PCC4U)
Phone: 07 3138 6128

Kylie is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years’ experience in clinical and education roles in oncology and haematology practice settings. Kylie completed a Masters of Nursing (Cancer Nursing) from QUT in 2008. Kylie has been involved in a number of large national workforce development projects to improve the intersection of health education and evidence based practice with health policy. Kylie is currently the National Manager for the Palliative Care Curriculum for Undergraduates project (PCC4U). Kylie continues to coordinate the maintenance of Cancer Australia funded activities – EdCaN (National Cancer Nursing Education Project) and PSGC (Psychosexual Care of Women affected by Gynaecological Cancers). Kylie is engaged actively with professional organisations and committed to promotion of best practice professional workforce issues in health.

QLD Representative

Sue Schoonbeek
Nurse Manager
Division of Cancer Services
Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane QLD
Phone: 0413 413 399

Sue is currently the Nurse Manager for the Division of Cancer Services at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Queensland. Sue has worked for the largest private hospital group in Australia in both state and national positions, influencing education across 58 hospitals. The focus of her work has been strategic planning, and innovation to create best practice environments. 

Since 2009, Sue has been working with a research team that has looked at culture within healthcare and how to promote a healthy workplace environment. From this work she has nine published papers and continues to be instrumental in changing workplace cultures for the better. Sue has presented at several national and international conferences and has contributed to various publications since 2011.

NSW Representative/RG Coordinator

Ellen Barlow
Clinical Nurse Consultant
Gynaecological Oncology
Royal Hospital for Women
Phone: 02 9382 6184

Ellen Barlow is a Clinical Nurse Consultant in the Gynaecological Cancer Centre at the Royal Hospital for Women, where she has worked for the last 15 years. She has a specific interest in developing strategies to improve outcomes for women with gynaecological cancer, and is particularly involved in assisting women with gynaecological cancer in the prevention, or minimisation of treatment related side effects.

Ellen is currently undertaking her PhD, with her research focusing on the trends in the incidence and mortality of vulvar cancer in Australia, and identifying the risk factors for physical and psychosexual morbidity in these women following treatment.

SA Representative

Nicole Loft
Nurse Practitioner
Central Adelaide Local Health Network
Phone: 0447 475 132

Nicole is the South Australian representative on the CNSA NEC. Nicole is active within the CNSA South Australia Regional Group (SA RG), and is a member of the CNSA Cancer Nurse Practitioner Specialist Practice Network (CNP SPN). She is also an active member of the Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand (HSANZ). Her professional role is a Haematology Nurse Practitioner based within Central Adelaide Local Health Network (Royal Adelaide Hospital and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital). Her role focuses on the management of patients undergoing intensive treatment for haematological malignancies, including stem cell transplantation. Nicole has a special interest in the survivorship and post treatment late effects.

VIC Representative

Carmel O'Kane
Oncology Nurse Practitioner
Oncology Day Unit
Wimmera Health Care Group
83 Baille Street, Horsham VIC
Phone: 0427 811 269

A cancer nurse since 1995 Carmel managed the Peninsula Health Cancer Service until 2011 when she accepted a position as a Nurse Practitioner Candidate in the Wimmera. Carmel completed a Masters of Nursing and was endorsed as a Nurse Practitioner in 2012. Carmel is now working in an innovative Cancer Nurse Practitioner role across 3 rural health Services, providing education, support and clinical excellence in cancer care to Wimmera Region. Carmel has a particular interest in patient decision making, as well as Rural Cancer Nurse education and mentoring of others interested in the Cancer Nurse Practitioner Role.

WA Representative

Lucy Patton
Staff Development Educator
Centre for Nursing Education
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
Phone: 08 6457 4522

Lucy has 20 years of experience in Oncology and Haematology nursing roles, with a strong focus on education and training. Lucy has extensive experience in curriculum design and implementation across the scaffold of training and education from professional development to postgraduate study. This is in addition to experience in the application of open and flexible technologies in teaching and learning and ensuring accessibility and relevancy for the adult learner. Lucy has previously held CNSA roles as a Winter Congress Local Organising Committee Chair and is a current member of the CNSA Education Committee.

CNSA Staff

Administration Officer

Amy Ribbons
Phone: 0439 464 250

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