Steering Committee

Chair

Mary Duffy – Lung Cancer Care Coordinator, Peter MacCallum Lung Cancer Service, VIC

Hello, my name is Mary Duffy. I am an advanced Practice Nurse Lung Cancer Nurse Consultant at the Peter Mac Callum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. I work in the lung cancer multidisciplinary clinics and participate in both Multidisciplinary Team Meetings and Interdisciplinary Team Meetings  held each week. I am the inaugural chair of the ANZ-LCNF which is a position I have held since its launch in October 2010.  My professional areas of interest include patient advocacy, supportive care needs. I am also interested in clinical research particularly around optimising physical and psychological symptoms. When I am not working, I love travelling, walking and yoga. I am an avid reader and when time permits enjoy a good movie

Co–Chair

Beth Ivimey – Cancer Care Coordinator, Sydney South West Area Health Service

My name is Beth Ivimey and I am the Lung Cancer Nurse Co-ordinator for South Western Sydney Local Health District. This is an area position, covering Liverpool, Campbelltown & Bankstown hospitals. Our population is close to 1,000,000. I really enjoy the diversity of cultures and language in my workplace community and rising to the challenges that are presented every day in our diverse clinical arena. I have been the Co-Chair of the ANZ-LCNF since we began, and this is my second lung cancer nurse position in that time. I was also the inaugural chair of ITONF – our international thoracic oncology nurses’ forum and was so proud bringing lung cancer nursing as a permanent track into the IASLC program. I am passionate about improving outcomes for our patients with a thoracic malignancy and improving education and understanding of lung cancer for our nursing and allied health colleagues.

State/New Zealand Representatives

QLD Vanessa Brunelli Research Fellow in Lung Cancer, QUT
Nurse Researcher, PAH
 I’m Dr Vanessa Brunelli PhD, Research Fellow in Lung Cancer, Queensland University of Technology (co-funded by Lung Foundation Australia), Nurse Researcher, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Metro South Health, Nurse Researcher, International Centre for Community-Driven Research, Queensland State Representative, Steering Committee, ANZ-LCNF, Inaugural Chair, Research and Education portfolio, Steering Committee, ANZ-LCNF. Since moving from my clinical positions in both the public and private oncology settings into a full-time research career, my research focus centres on improving the disease experience for people living with lung cancer, particularly through strategic cross-sector initiatives that aim to inform cancer nursing workforce policy.  My role on the ANZ-LCNF Steering Committee is two-fold. First, I represent Queensland lung cancer nurses. This entails ensuring that the needs and interests of Queensland’s lung cancer nurses are heard in decision-making processes within ANZ-LCNF and more broadly within Lung Foundation Australia. I am regularly in contact via email or phone with lung cancer nurses around the state to advise of upcoming education events, extend invitations for speaking opportunities, and link or connect nurses. Second, in my role as Chair of the Research and Education portfolio, I receive research-related enquiries from lung cancer nurses who may be based anywhere in Australia. Enquiries can range from advice needed about a quality improvement project through to the development and implementation of research protocols. In this role, I also act as a conduit for other lung cancer nurse researchers, for example, those who are undertaking higher degree research, to disseminate their requests for research participation. I joined the ANZLCNF in 2014. In this time, I am proud to have been part of a team that has developed its structure, function and membership. Although a rare occurrence, I love to go camping with my husband and two dogs. Camping is the ultimate holiday for us, and the more rural and remote, the better. Campfires, star gazing, red wine and happy dogs, there’s nothing better.
SA  Kim Greco Lung Cancer Clinical Nurse Consultant, Flinders Medical Centre My name is Kim Greco and I am the ANZ-LCNF representative for South Australia. I have been on the Steering Committee since 2016. I work as a Lung Cancer Clinical Nurse at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide.  My role involves supporting patients diagnosed with lung cancer from the time of their diagnosis, through the treatment period and beyond. I love the opportunity this role gives me to support people at what can be an emotionally challenging and difficult time in their lives. It is amazing to see the strength of the human spirit.  I am passionate about supporting and educating other nurses in the lung cancer field and my role in ANZ-LCNF gives me the opportunity to have input in ways of doing this. When I am not working I am very busy running around after two little people!
TAS Renae Grundy  CNC Lung Cancer I’m Renae Grundy and love my job as a lung cancer nurse specialist. I work at the Royal Hobart Hospital with a great oncology team. I’ve always been interested in advocating for patients with lung cancer. I first became a lung cancer nurse in the UK back in the early 2000’s, and knew it was a career path I wanted to follow.  I am currently in the process of conducting research with patients, carers and nurses about the role of the lung cancer nurse for my Professional Doctorate. I have been involved with ANZ-LCNF and on the committee since its inception in 2010 as the Tasmania rep. It’s amazing to be part of a supportive group and see it maturing into a body that advocates for all aspects of care in thoracic oncology. I’m also excited to be helping with the new newsletter and upcoming social media presence. I bring experience and passion to the group. I also am a keen body builder and have competed twice and am working on competing in 2021.
WA Kirsten Mooney Thoracic Cancer Nurse Coordinator, Clinical Implementation Unit, WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network My name is Kirsten Mooney and I am a Thoracic Cancer Clinical Nurse Consultant, based in Perth WA. My role covers all thoracic malignancies, including mesothelioma. Although based in Perth, my role provides a state-wide service, working across different health services (metro and rural), hospitals and disciplines. The clinical aspect of the role begins at diagnosis and extends along the continuum of the patient journey through to palliative care. The strategic aspect of the role provides clinical leadership and consultancy to medical, nursing and allied health care professionals, as well as input to policy and strategy development.  I have been the WA state representative for the ANZ-LCNF since its inception in 2010I am passionate about providing a service that works across organisational boundaries to facilitate an environment of informed, supported and coordinated care for patients and families living with lung cancer. My interests include fitness, friends and appreciating the beauty of the city I live in.
VIC Mary Duffy  Lung Cancer Care Coordinator, Peter MacCallum Lung Cancer Service See bio above.
NSW  Beth Ivimey Cancer Care Coordinator, Sydney South West Area Health Service See bio above.
NSWHelen Westman Lung Cancer Nurse Coordinator at Royal North Shore Hospital My name is Helen Westman and I am the NSW representative on the ANZ-LCNF. I am the Lung Cancer Nurse Coordinator at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. I work across the continuum of lung cancer care working closely with the respiratory team during initial workup and diagnosis right through to palliative care.  I consider myself very lucky to be able to work with patients all the way through their journey and with all the members of the lung cancer MDT. I am passionate about improving outcomes and lung cancer care and being part of the ANZ-LCNF allows me to network with other passionate and like-minded lung cancer nurses. I have been a member for a number of years but became NSW state representative in 2019.  When not working I enjoy fitness, walking my dog, reading and catching up with friends.
WA/RURAL REMOTE  Katie Hayes   Kimberley Clinical Nurse Consulatant, Oncology Coordination, WA Country health service, Kununurra Hospital I am Katie Hayes and I live and work in the Kimberley in the Northern most part of Western Australia, as the rural and remote representative. I am a Clinical Nurse Consultant – Oncology Coordinator and I care for patients who are newly diagnosed with lung cancers in our region, and also those receiving treatment in a metro centre approximately 3500kms away and are returning home where there is no specialist care. I have been involved with ANZ-LCNF for approximately  2 years (though I have just returned from maternity leave). I hope to be able to bring a different perspective, as I have a unique insight into the challenges faced by rural and remote patients. 
VIC Paula Nelson  Thoracic Liaison Nurse, Department of Cardiothoracic surgery, Royal Melbourne Hospital I am Paula Nelson, Victorian representative on the ANZ-LCNF Steering Committee.  I am currently the Thoracic Liaison Nurse/Lung Cancer Nurse at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. The Royal Melbourne Hospital is co-located across the road from Peter Mac and is part of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.  There are three lung cancer clinics, two at Peter Mac and one at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. All three clinics are multi-disciplinary. My main role is to support patients undergoing thoracic surgery across the precinct from organising operation dates to delivery of pre- and post-op education. I also support patients with lung cancer who attend the lung cancer clinic at RMH. I have been a member of the ANZ-LCNF for 12 years and a member of the Steering Committee for 5 years. I have a particular interest in caring for patients who have tunnelled permanent pleural catheters.   
NSW/RURAL REMOTE Fran Ferguson Cancer Care Coordinator, Orange Health Service Fran Ferguson. I live in Orange in central NSW and am the Rural Cancer Nurse Coordinator for the Orange area. I look after complex cases of lung cancer, melanoma, head and neck cancer, primary brain cancer, gynaecological cancers, sarcomas and some adenocarcinomas of unknown origin. I look after all the other cancers when my colleagues are on leave. I’m fairly new to ANZ-LCNF having just joined the Steering Committee last year and represent rural, remote and Indigenous patients on the Steering Committee. I feel very underqualified compared to the other amazing women in this group. I am not Aboriginal but have a passion for improving the cancer outcomes of our Indigenous population. I am a founding member of our Central West Aboriginal Cancer Network which is a group of like-minded people all striving to identify barriers to early access for care for this population and making effective change. Thus far, we have managed to hold regular Women’s Business Days and have started rolling them out across the district. There is an identified need for information on symptoms requiring medical attention indicative of cancer. We are in the process of making magnets for both adults and children for Indigenous people to put on their fridges. We have recently held our first Men’s Business Day in Orange. We have made our Cancer Centre more ‘Aboriginal friendly’ by hanging Aboriginal Art and involving Aboriginal Health Care workers earlier in our patient’s care.
QLDLouise UnderhillLung Cancer Support Nurse at the Lung Foundation Australia. My name is Louise Underhill and I am the Lung Cancer Support Nurse at the Lung Foundation Australia. I have been a member of ANZ-LCNF for many years and joined the Steering Committee in 2018 when I started working with Lung Foundation Australia. I was a member of the ANZ-LCNF nursing pre-ALCC workshop committee in 2014.  My role is to provide a link between the Steering Committee and Lung Foundation Australia management. My role at Lung Foundation Australia is unique in that I care for patients, families and carers throughout Australia. I do not have access to clinical records, so I rely on patient reported data. I get to know the patient through their experience and understanding of what is happening. Networking is important in my role so that I can link patients between their treatment centres and local services. 
NZ  Catherine Smith  Clinical Nurse Specialist, Lung Cancer, Christchurch Hospital My name is Catherine Smith and I am a Lung Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist at Christchurch Hospital. I have been in this role for over ten years and have an oncology background. This role includes caring/supporting and coordinating care for lung cancer patients from high suspicion of cancer to treatment and beyond. Patients are mainly from the Canterbury region but also includes patients from the Upper South Island of New Zealand.  I have been a member of ANZ-LCNF from its inaugural meeting. I joined the Steering Committee in 2019 as the New Zealand representative. I bring the New Zealand perspective and appreciate the camaraderie of other nurses to discuss issues related to the lung cancer patient and their care. I have a particular interest in supporting my work by collecting data, especially in identifying gaps in care or trends which can lead to service improvements. Self-care remains important to me. My love of fragrant flowers in my garden allows me the opportunity to ‘take time to smell the roses’ and to be able to pick fresh flowers and bring them inside
NTYvette Gomez Cancer Care Coordinator at the Alice Springs Hospital (ASH) in Central Australia I’m Yvette Gomez, Cancer Care Coordinator at the Alice Springs Hospital (ASH) in Central Australia. This is a role I have held since 2017. ASH is the major referral hospital for Central Australia. Its catchment area covers two thirds of the Northern Territory and extends into the bordering areas of South Australia and Western Australia. Approximately 45,000 people reside within the area. Many visiting interstate and overseas tourists use the hospital’s services. Regular visiting medical oncologists and radiation oncologists support the service interstate. Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in the Northern Territory, partly due to late presentations and barriers to accessing services due to its remoteness, therefore primary care is critical in helping to identify patients with the earliest symptoms or signs of cancer, discouraging smoking without demonising the person, and encouraging smokers to engage with medical clinicians in accessing smoking cessation clinics. I am currently looking for opportunities to highlight these strategies. I am the NT representative on the ANZ-LNCF Steering Committee and was invited to this position in 2019.  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 Aboriginal Liaison officers assisting with language, including Aboriginal health workers. I believe I bring passion and commitment to the Steering Committee and seek to share the vast knowledge base of my peers to enhance and promote service provision to central Australians.