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 guidelines from the nurses perspective’ and (2) ‘Nurses perspective on toxicities in anti-cancer therapy in lung cancer’.  Marianne later took part in an interactive panel alongside Dr. Steven Kao.


Other sessions focused on the following topics:

  • Skin toxicities in anti-cancer treatment in relation to lung cancer, by Germana Consuegra
  • The importance of understanding biomarkers, delivered by Asoc. Prof. Wendy Cooper
  • Update on thoracic cancer and malignancies presented, by Dr Steven Kao
  • Exercise and rehabilitation in lung cancer, by Dr Catherine Granger
  • The evolving support service for mesothelioma patients and their carers and obstacles to good care, by Jocelyn Mclean
  • Self-care for healthcare professionals, by Dr Maria Ftanou.


Steering committee members Vanessa Brunelli, Karen Dahdah and Mary Duffy also presented:

  • Vanessa Brunelli presented ‘ANZ-LCNF Research Activity 2016-2018’. Vanessa’s session also included presentations by ALCC 2016 travel grant recipients Megan Paul, Cancer Liaison Nurse, Tweed Heads Hospital Cancer Care, and Stacey McDermott, Community Health Nurse, Rumbalara Health Service. Megan and Stacey presented their professional development activity since attending ALCC 2016
  • Karen Dahdah presented ‘Telemedicine and palliative care in the rural setting’
  • Mary Duffy presented ‘Maintaining Hope and Realism’.


The ANZ-LCNF Steering Committee would like to thank everyone who came along to the workshop, and all who presented, chaired and helped to organise the workshop to make it a successful day. The Steering Committee would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all who provided feedback about the day. Your feedback is valuable. It really helps us to continue to improve the organisation and delivery of nursing and allied health workshops.