ANZ-LCNF Research and Education


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.

Research-related enquiries included advice on how to conduct role evaluation, conceptualisation of research questions, appropriate methodological approaches, and the ethical collection of data. Of these enquiries, two studies have been formalised through research protocols and applications for ethical clearance prepared. Another study, which is investigating the influence of the specialist lung cancer nurse role on change in patient behaviours, including emotional status, has been accepted for presentation at the Australian Lung Cancer Conference in Melbourne, in February 2020.

Higher degree research conducted by Renae Grundy, CNC Lung, Royal Hobart Hospital, is underway. Renae’s Professional Doctorate is investigating the role of the specialist lung cancer nurse from the perspective of what people living with lung cancer want in such a role. Renae has just completed data collection.

Post-doctoral research, conducted by Vanessa Brunelli, Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology, aims to understand the core components of the specialist lung cancer nurse role that make the most influence on patient outcomes. This research is a two-year program and is currently undergoing ethics approval.

The ANZ-LCNF research team is aiming for a year of increased research activity in 2020! If you have a research-related question, please contact Vanessa Brunelli. Vanessa will link you with the most appropriate research team member for support.Updates and more information on our support and outcomes will be presented by Vanessa at the ANZ-LCNF Nurses and Allied Health pre-ALCC Workshop in Melbourne, Wednesday 19 February 2020.


The ANZ-LCNF education team had a busy year in 2019 supporting a number of lung cancer nurses with their requests for education-related support. Requests included advice on post-graduate enrolment, support with post-graduate coursework subjects and assistance in the conduct of scoping and systematic reviews for post-graduate research subjects. Please do not hesitate to contact the ANZ-LCNF education team for support with your education endeavours.

In addition to the education-related support on offer, the ANZ-LCNF leadership team is excited to promote that the year of 2020 will see the implementation of a national structured education program. This will include a series of one-day education workshops to be held at various sites around the country. While the workshops will include the presentation of core contemporary topics, the aim is for the workshops to be adapted to meet the needs of each site and for nurses local to the sites to receive the opportunity to host a workshop. If you are interested in hosting a workshop at your site, please contact the ANZ-LCNF education team. More information about the ANZ-LCNF national education program will be delivered at the ANZ-LCNF Nurses and Allied Health pre-ALCC Workshop in Melbourne, Wednesday 19 February 2020, and on the ANZ-LCNF website soon.

On behalf of the ANZ-LCNF research and education team, Renae Grundy, CNC Lung, Royal Hobart Hospital, Helen Westman, Lung Cancer Nurse Coordinator, Royal North Shore Hospital, and Kirsten Mooney, CNC Thoracic Oncology, WA Cancer & Palliative Care Network, we look forward to supporting you in 2020!