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Dr Vanessa Brunelli

Dr Vanessa Brunelli

Committee role: Chair
Committee portfolio: Research and Education Co-Lead, Governance and Strategy Co-Lead
Work place: Queensland University of Technology and Princess Alexandra Hospital
Role: Research Fellow in Lung Cancer and Nurse Researcher
Specialty area: Medical Oncology and Research
I joined ANZ-LCNF in 2016 as a General Member and have been engaged with the ANZ-LCNF community ever since. The idea of being involved in a professional organisation where I could interact with nurses who were as passionate as me about improving the disease and pathway experience of people living with lung cancer really enticed me. The opportunity that ANZ-LCNF membership provides, such as, meeting other like-minded nurses at education events, receiving mentorship from those more experienced than me, having a clinical network – a brains trust – that I could reach out to at any time, timely learning about new treatments and staying abreast of new ways of practising, has been and continues to be invaluable to my professional development as a healthcare professional working in the field of lung cancer.

Renae Grundy

Renae Grundy

Committee role: Deputy Chair and Tasmania State Representative
Committee portfolio: Research and Education Co-Lead
Work place: Royal Hobart Hospital
Role: Clinical Nurse Consultant – Lung cancer
Specialty area: Diagnostics and Medical Oncology
Since embarking on my career in oncology nursing, I have always felt drawn to patients with lung cancer and advocating for their needs to be met. Becoming a specialist lung cancer nurse has allowed me to pursue my commitment to this group of patients. Joining the ANZ-LCNF has allowed me to share with, and grow from, the enthusiasm of other lung cancer nurses. I am proud of our growing numbers and voice demanding better outcomes for patients with lung cancer, and the nurses caring for them.

Cassandra Dickens

Cassandra Dickens

Committee role: Queensland State Representative
Committee portfolio: Nurse Practitioner Representative
Work place: Sunshine Coast University Hospital
Role: Thoracic Malignancy Clinical Nurse Consultant
Specialty area: Cancer Care
I was driven to join the ANZ-LCNF as a steering committee member as I am interested in networking and working with other specialist lung cancer nurses to drive change, act as a patient advocate, conduct research, and potentially improve patient outcomes in lung cancer. I believe that every person diagnosed with cancer should have equity of access to a specialist cancer nurse and given the inequity of access to lung cancer specific specialist nurses I hope to work with the ANZ-LCNF to advocate and lobby to drive this change.

Fran Ferguson

Fran Ferguson

Committee role: Regional and Rural Representative
Committee portfolio: Governance and Strategy Co-Lead
Work place: Central West Cancer Care Centre, Orange
Role: Rural Cancer Nurse Coordinator
Specialty area: Lung cancer, head and neck cancer, melanoma, gynaecological cancers, sarcoma and primary brain tumours
I became part of ANZ-LCNF to tap into the expertise of the other lung cancer nurses in the group. Most of our lung cancer patients in our area are from lower socio-economic groups or are from disadvantaged populations and I would really like to drive change so that we can diagnose people earlier and then save more people from lung cancer. We really need to make some huge improvements to lung cancer outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

Abby Fyfe

Abby Fyfe

Committee role: Private Sector Representative
Committee portfolio: Supportive Care and Survivorship Lead
Work place: Macquarie University Hospital
Role: Oncology Clinical Nurse Consultant
Specialty area: Systemic Treatments and Supportive Care
Being a general oncology CNC, I joined the ANZ-LCNF to gain more lung cancer specific collaboration and expertise. I am passionate about supporting other cancer nurses with building their skills and knowledge to best support patients, as well as maintain resilience in an emotionally tough field of work. I see the suffering and distress many of these patients and families go through and am dedicated to finding ways to support them and make their experience, particularly in the palliative phase, as smooth and symptom free as possible.

Yvette Gomez

Yvette Gomez

Committee role: Northern Territory State Representative
Committee portfolio: Indigenous and Remote Co-Lead
Work place: Alice Springs Hospital
Role: Cancer Care Coordinator
Specialty area: Medical Oncology/Patient Education/Supportive Care
As the Cancer Care Coordinator for Central Australia it has been a godsend being able to glean specialist expertise in the area of thoracic / lung cancers from the ANZ-LCNF. Accessing resources provided through the ANZ-LCNF website has been invaluable, particularly for distribution and educative purposes to our Indigenous communities. Although I coordinate the pathways for all cancers, the issue of delayed diagnosis and access to care for lung cancers is worse for Indigenous Australians whom have twice the risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer and whom have higher mortality rates compared to non-Indigenous Australians. This is a challenge that I strive to improve through fostering partnerships with community and with the assistance of our Aboriginal liaison officers assisting with language, including Aboriginal health workers thus promoting cultural safety principles.

Mel Laan

Mel Laan

Committee role: South Australia State Representative
Committee portfolio: Member Engagement, Mentoring and Support Co-Lead
Work place: Royal Adelaide Hospital
Role: Lung Cancer Nurse Consultant
Specialty area: Medical and Radiation Oncology
I am very passionate about sharing knowledge and providing educational opportunities for lung cancer nurses so that patients feel empowered, well supported and educated. I also appreciate the platform ANZ-LCNF gives to be an advocate for my patients voices and enact changes that will improve their lung cancer experience.

Sara McLaughlin-Barrett

Sara McLaughlin-Barrett

Committee role: Victoria State Representative
Committee portfolio: Digital Lead
Work place: Monash Health
Role: Lung Clinical Nurse Consultant
Specialty area: Respiratory and Thoracic Surgery
I wanted to work with and learn from other specialty nurses interested in the area of lung cancer. Joining the ANZ-LCNF provides me with an opportunity to surround myself with other nurses who have a passion and drive to improve patient care and give lung cancer nurses a much needed voice. I am really passionate about service redesign to improve the lung cancer patient’s journey and utilising digital platforms and technology to educate and support our patients and their families.

Kirsten Mooney

Kirsten Mooney

Committee role: Western Australia State Representative
Committee portfolio: Education Co-Lead
Work place: WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network – Clinical Implementation Unit
Role: Thoracic Cancer Clinical Nurse Consultant
Specialty area: Thoracic Malignancies, including Mesothelioma
I am passionate about making a difference in the thoracic cancer field. For too long lung cancer has carried a stigma and been the “poor relation” compared to other tumour groups. There are now so many exciting advances within thoracic cancer, from early diagnosis to treatment modalities that it is a very exciting time to be involved. It is amazing to be able to work with like-minded nurses with the same passion, but also to learn and share experiences with this knowledgeable and driven group of health professionals.

Katie Muirson

Katie Muirson

Committee role: Remote Representative
Committee portfolio: Indigenous and Remote Co-Lead
Work place: WA Country Health Service
Role: Clinical Nurse Consultant – Oncology Coordination
Specialty area: Solid tumours/medical oncology, special interest in lung cancers
I live and work in the Kimberley region in northern WA – our region stretches over 1000kms from Kununurra to Broome and I cover all 6 major towns and over 200 remote aboriginal communities. I have a passion for rural and remote nursing, after growing up in a small farming town of less than 1000 people. I find it challenging, with no day ever being the same. It is incredibly rewarding to see the difference you make in the community. I lost my beloved Dad to lung cancer in 2017, which sparked my interest more in the field. Although my role here in the Kimberley is not specific to lung cancer, it is one of the leading cancers diagnosed here.

Paula Nelson

Paula Nelson

Committee role: Victoria State Representative
Committee portfolio: Thoracic Surgery Lead
Work place: Royal Melbourne Hospital
Role: Thoracic Liaison Nurse
Specialty area: Thoracic Surgery
I became an ANZLCNF member to be part of a likeminded group of nurses and to help raise the awareness of the lung cancer nurse. I love my role as thoracic liaison nurse and being part of a multidisciplinary team striving to care for lung cancer patients. I am passionate about reducing the stigma of lung cancer and ensuring outcomes for lung cancer patients continue to improve. I also have a particular interest in tunneled permanent pleural catheters.

Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith

Committee role: New Zealand Representative
Committee portfolio: Member Engagement, Mentoring and Support Co-Lead
Work place: Christchurch Hospital
Role: Clinical Nurse Specialist Lung Cancer
Specialty area: Respiratory and Oncology
I appreciate the expertise and knowledge nurses have in specific areas of lung cancer care. I enjoy having the ANZ-LCNF opportunity to widen my nursing connections and to tap into shared ‘know how’, to assist in the care provided to lung cancer patients and whanau. New Zealand lung cancer patients have very poor outcomes. I strive to ensure patients have a timely diagnostic pathway and treatment commencement.

Helen Westman

Helen Westman

Committee role: New South Wales State Representative
Committee portfolio: Targeted Therapy and Immunotherapy Lead
Work place: Royal North Shore Hospital
Role: Lung Clinical Nurse Consultant
Specialty area: Respiratory and Medical and Radiation Oncology.
I joined ANZ-LCNF to collaborate with other nurses, who are committed and passionate, about developing a platform for specialist nurses that enables change and improves the opportunities and outcomes and the visibility of lung cancer patients. Being part of the forum enables me to learn from other specialty nurses and develop holistically as a specialist lung cancer nurse. I am passionate about service development to improve the diagnostic process for lung cancer patients and developing patient and family education strategies, particularly for patients from non-English speaking backgrounds, to ensure equitable care.

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