Conference Report: World Conference on Lung Cancer, September 8-14 2021

I thoroughly enjoyed this conference. So many topics presented were relevant to me and my practice. The format was brilliant. The sessions were presented over two time periods. I enjoyed having the opportunity to view sessions being presented concurrently. The poster presentations were great, I enjoy reading them in a PowerPoint presentation. The information gained […]

December 16, 2021 at 10:01 am by Danielle Aami

Barriers to lung cancer care: Health professionals’ perspectives.

Dunn, J., Garvey, G., Valery, P. C., Ball, D., Fomg, K. M., Vinod, S., O’Connell, D. L., & Chambers, S. K. (2017). Barriers to lung cancer care: Health professionals’ perspectives. Supportive Care in Cancer, 25(2):497-504.   Reviewed by: Kirsten Mooney (ANZ-LCNF Western Australia Representative) Thoracic Cancer Clinical Nurse Consultant WA Cancer & Palliative Network […]

September 14, 2021 at 8:07 am by Danielle Aami

Event highlights: Thoracic Oncology Group of Australasia Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM)

On Day 1 of the ASM we heard updates from the Taiwan Lung Cancer Screening in Never-Smoker Trial (TALENT) which screened heavy smokers as well as never smokers with a strong family history in a first degree relative. The lung cancer detection rate was 2.6% which was higher than the NLST and NELSON trials, but […]

September 14, 2021 at 8:06 am by Danielle Aami

Australia & New Zealand Lung Cancer Nurses Forum Strategy 2021-2024

With your input the ANZ-LCNF Steering Committee has developed a 2021-2024 strategy to focus the work of the ANZ-LCNF on four priority areas. We invite you to join us as we strive to authentically represent and lead the thoracic oncology nursing community and to increase the prominence, recognition and influence of our profession through the […]

April 13, 2021 at 9:13 am by Danielle Aami

ANZ-LCNF Research and Education Update 

Dr Vanessa Brunelli, Chair, ANZ-LCNF Research and Education  In January 2020, in our inaugural newsletter, I provided an overview of the research- and education-related activities that the ANZ-LCNF research and education team had been engaged with in 2019. I also outlined our plans for 2020. I suspect it is reasonable to say that none of us […]

June 18, 2020 at 10:22 pm by Danielle Aami

Self-care for lung cancer nurses 

Oncology nurses are known for their resilience and ability to navigate high-stress situations. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has had significant and specific demands on oncology nurses. Nurses are experiencing distress, which can cause increased feelings of fear, anxiety, frustration, sadness, grief, and a sense of powerlessness. Although these reactions are a normal response to trauma, without appropriate intervention they can […]

June 18, 2020 at 10:17 pm by Danielle Aami

The New Zealand Nursing Experience in COVID-19  

By Catherine Smith, Clinical Nurse Specialist Lung Cancer, Christchurch Hospital, New Zealand  2359 hours, 25 March 2020 New Zealand went into Lockdown Level 4 with the goal to eliminate COVID 19. All New Zealanders were instructed to stay at home (in their bubble) other than for essential personal movement. Health care services were reprioritised, and travel was severely limited. Visitors were not allowed […]

June 18, 2020 at 10:16 pm by Danielle Aami

Welcome to the quarterly edition of the ANZ-LCNF newsletter

During these challenging and unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic, in a world that feels arguably unmanageable and out of control, lung cancer nurses continue to provide high-quality care for our patients. Throughout this period, lung cancer nurses are striving to safely navigate patients through this ‘new normal’, striving to deliver the same high-quality care, provide reassurance and evidence-based information, while ensuring treatment and […]

June 18, 2020 at 10:14 pm by Danielle Aami

ANZ-LCNF Research and Education

Research In 2019, the ANZ-LCNF research team received research-related enquiries from nine lung cancer nurses in various roles around Australia. This is a 75% increase on the enquiry received in 2018. We attribute this increase to the concerted effort of the ANZ-LCNF leadership team in their promotion of the research support available to ANZ-LCNF members. […]

February 11, 2020 at 9:34 am by Danielle Aami

Membership Survey Feedback

In 2019, we conducted a membership survey and your feedback has been invaluable to inform our improvement. We received 50 replies from a wide range of geographical areas. Almost 60% of respondents have been a member for 3 years or less, while 30% of respondents have been a member for more than 5 years. Our […]

February 11, 2020 at 9:25 am by Danielle Aami

Steering Committee Report – February 2020

Thank you for being patient with us as we find our feet in becoming an active and prominent body of passionate thoracic oncology nurses. In November 2019, the Steering Committee of the ANZ-LCNF held a strategy meeting in Melbourne. We mapped our priorities for 2020 to 2023, along with activities and indicators to achieve our […]

February 11, 2020 at 9:23 am by Danielle Aami

Scope of Practice, Role Legitimacy, and Role Potential for Cancer Care Coordinators

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August 29, 2019 at 10:20 pm by Ashleigh Ricardo

Study – Scope of Practice, Role Legitimacy, and Role Potential for Cancer Care Coordinators

Chair of ANZ-LCNF, Mary Duffy, has been involved with a recent study on the Scope of Practice, Role Legitimacy, and Role Potential for Cancer Care Coordinators.   The objective of the study focused on the cancer care coordinator (CCC) role has become a priority in providing coordinated, patient-centered, supported care for patients, and their families […]

August 8, 2019 at 12:55 pm by Ashleigh Ricardo

Presentations from the ANZ-LCNF Taree ”Challenges and Management of Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma in the Rural and Regional Setting” nursing and allied health workshop are now available

Participants of the Taree Nursing and Allied Health Lung Cancer Workshop can now access PDF versions of the powerpoints. Please find available presentations below: Christina Bernardees – CBernardes_Stigma,Barriers&IssuesofATSIwithLungCancer Dr Krishan Gupta – Bronchoscopy, CT guided biopsy and lung function_KGupta Wendy Lewis – Laboratory testing in NSCLC_WLewis – Note: Ask oncologists/cancer care nurses to encourage either […]

August 5, 2019 at 4:17 pm by Ashleigh Ricardo

ANZ-LCNF Representation at CNSA

Lung Cancer Nurses Mary Duffy (L), Melanie Rabbets (Mid) and Beth Ivimey (R), who all took part in the FFS! stigma campaign, attended the Lung Foundation Booth at CNSA conference to snap a shot with their posters. Melanie Rabbets and Vanessa Brunelli also gave presentations at CNSA. Well done ladies!  

June 26, 2019 at 9:20 pm by Ashleigh Ricardo

Free From Stigma Campaign

****Reproduced from Lung Foundation Australia at:   ANZ-LCNF Steering Committee members Mary Duffy (Chair), Beth Ivimey and Helen Westman took part in the following campgain.   Many Australians do not fully realise just how far-reaching the impact of their stigma can be. The fact is, stigma results in delayed diagnoses, poor access to treatment, […]

May 10, 2019 at 3:07 pm by Ashleigh Ricardo

Ballarat Nursing and Allied Health Workshop Presentations Now Available

Participants of the Ballarat Nursing and Allied Health Lung Cancer Workshop can now access PDF versions of the powerpoints. Please find available presentations below:   Dr Wasek Faisal – Update from the Victorian Lung Cancer Summit Louise Underhill – Overview of Lung Foundation Australia Damoon Entesari-Tatafai – Role of respiratory physician in lung cancer work-up […]

April 29, 2019 at 4:44 pm by Ashleigh Ricardo

Video Suite: What to Expect from Immunotherapy

The Peter MacCallum Centre in Melbourne have releaed a suite of videos on ‘What to Expect from Immunotherapy’ for patients about to start, or thinking of starting, immunotherapy. They were developed by researchers, nurses, doctors and patients working together to make sure they cover important and useful information for patients and their families. The people […]

March 14, 2019 at 1:22 pm by Ashleigh Ricardo

Position: Clinical Nurse Consultant Lung Cancer Clinic and Clinical Trials Co-Ordinator – Dubbo Health Service

A position has become available in Dubbo for a Clinic Nurse Consultant Lung Cancer Clinic and Clinical Trials Co-Ordinator. If you think this would be of interest to you, please follow this link, for submission details.     Please note that this is neither an ANZ-LCNF position or Lung Foundation Australia position and you will […]

March 14, 2019 at 1:14 pm by Ashleigh Ricardo

ANZ-LCNF Nurses Workshop at ALCC 2018

The ANZ-LCNF Steering Committee hosted a workshop for nurses and allied health members who work with lung cancer patients at the recent ALCC held in April in Sydney. The workshop was organised by the local organising committee, successfully chaired by Beth Ivimey.   Special international guest speaker, Marianne Davies, presented two topics, (1) ‘Immunotherapy and […]

July 27, 2018 at 12:25 pm by Ashleigh Ricardo

Join our steering committee

The Australia and New Zealand – Lung Cancer Nurses Forum (ANZ-LCNF) are currently calling for expressions of interest from nurses who would like to join the Steering Committee. The steering committee is responsible for providing guidance on overall strategic direction of the ANZ-LCNF.  Expressions of interest can be submitted from nurses who either have a […]

June 25, 2018 at 4:15 pm by LauraGuthrie

Register now for the ANZ-LCNF Nurses and Allied Health Lung Cancer Workshop – Wednesday 17th August 2016

Dear ANZ-LCNF members, The Australia New Zealand Lung Cancer Nurses Forum invites you to attend our  1 day nurses and allied health lung cancer workshop on Wednesday 17th August 2016 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.  This workshop will provide you with practical information that can be implemented into clinical practice from a diverse […]

June 9, 2016 at 5:30 pm by Administrator

ALTG Newsletter available

The latest newsletter is now available online for the Lung Foundation’s Australasian Lung Cancer Trials Group (ALTG). To view, click here.

November 2, 2015 at 1:17 pm by Administrator

Australian Lung Cancer Conference Abstract submission NOW OPEN

Authors are invited to submit  their abstracts to the Australian Lung Cancer Conference (ALCC) by 18 May 2016 for consideration by the scientific program committee. Abstracts may be submitted via email on any topic relevant to lung cancer or mesothelioma and their multi-disciplinary treatment. ALCC are offering travel grants to Young Investigators who have submitted an […]

November 2, 2015 at 1:10 pm by Administrator

Do you know about the Australian Mesothelioma Registry?

The Australian Mesothelioma Registry (AMR) has been established to collect information about people with mesothelioma. The AMR is set up as a stand alone database containing information about people diagnosed with mesothelioma, including information about asbestos exposure. If you care for patients with mesothelioma,  you are encouraged to refer them to this important registry. For your information, below […]

July 8, 2015 at 2:32 pm by Kerrie Callaghan

International Thoracic Oncology Nurses Forum (ITONF) workshop at World Conference on Lung Cancer

The International Thoracic Oncology Nurses Forum will present an informative and interactive workshop on Sunday 6th September 2015 from 800am – 1100am  as part of the 2015 World Conference on Lung Cancer in Denver, Colorado. For more information, please view the attached program.

July 8, 2015 at 2:19 pm by Kerrie Callaghan

ANZ-LCNF Steering committee vacancies – apply now

ACT, QLD, SA and Indigenous/Regional/Remote positions vacant – Apply now ANZ-LCNF Chair Mary Duffy would like to invite members to consider submitting an Expression of Interest to become a steering committee member to represent the following states after  recent committee resignations in  :- Australian Capital Territory Queensland South Australia Indigenous/Regional/ Remote position Attached is the […]

May 27, 2015 at 12:56 pm by Kerrie Callaghan

An Australian First – Abestsos Related Disease Nurses’ Education Program

Lung Foundation Australia and Comcare Australia will partner to provide an Australian first in the development of a Nursing Education Program to care for patients/carers that have an asbestos-related disease (ARD) and in particular, mesothelioma patients. Lung Foundation Nurse Educator, Judy Rafferty, will lead this project and has spent years caring for Mesothelioma patients and […]

August 13, 2014 at 12:27 am by Administrator

Call for Action – Keep Fresh Air Fresh campaign

Dear Victorian ANZLCNF members, Victoria is the only state in Australia that has not either already introduced or announced an intention to introduce smokefree outdoor dining and drinking areas. As a cancer specialist, we ask you to join our campaign and support a complete ban on smoking in outdoor dining and drinking areas. To do so, […]

August 13, 2014 at 12:26 am by Administrator

New Clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of lung cancer

New clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of lung cancer have been published in an electronic ‘wiki’ format to assist doctors and their patients to make informed treatment choices based on the most current research available. Lung cancer is the fifth most common cancer in Australia, with 9954 new cases (including small cell and non-small cell lung cancers) […]

August 13, 2014 at 12:23 am by Administrator

Lung Foundation Australia is seeking Expressions of Interest for a ‘FREE’ Nurses education program

Lung Foundation Australia is working in partnership with Comcare Australia in the development of a National Nurses Education Program to care for patients with and asbestos-related disease (ARD)/mesothelioma. We are looking for ten (10) Registered Nurses from each state, including rural/remote and indigenous. If you are looking to be a part of Australia’s FIRST Nursing Education pilot […]

August 13, 2014 at 12:23 am by Administrator

Investigating the symptoms of lung cancer – a Qstream course for GPs

Cancer Australia is delivering a new online lung cancer course for health professionals (GPs and nurses) via the Qstream online learning platform.  It will be of interest to health professionals who want to know more about lung cancer signs and symptoms and the key strategies for promoting early diagnosis and referral of patients who have […]

August 13, 2014 at 12:22 am by Administrator

Publication – The work left undone. Understanding the challenge of providing holistic lung cancer nursing care in the UK

In England best practice guidance in cancer recommends that all patients have access to a specialist nurse such as the tumour specific clinical nurse specialist. The role has become pivotal providing aspects of care e.g. meeting information needs, holistic nurse led follow up including symptom control, managing care and providing psychological and social interventions including […]

August 13, 2014 at 12:21 am by Administrator

Federal Budget 2014-15 Submission

Lung Foundation Australia is seeking funding for a two-year pilot program to provide Lung Cancer Nurses as part of the 2014-15 Federal Budget. While grateful for the steps taken by the Australian Government to support people with cancer in recent years, Lung Foundation Australia believes there is a vital need for lung cancer specific nurses […]

August 13, 2014 at 12:18 am by Administrator

Managing malignant pleural mesothelioma research study

We are conducting a research study aimed at learning more about how health professionals make decisions about treatment for patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). An individual questionnaire has been designed for cancer nurse specialists who treat people with MPM. We are seeking your assistance. If you agree to take part in this study, you will complete the […]

August 13, 2014 at 12:15 am by Administrator