A familiar face to many at PA Hospital and the research community, Professor Raymond Chan has been recognised for his ongoing commitment to cancer care, announced as a finalist for the 2021 HESTA Nurse of the Year Awards.
PA Hospital’s Chair in Cancer Nursing, Professor Chan has been instrumental in the progression of nurses at the forefront of cancer care in Queensland including the widespread adoption of a novel silicone-based gel dressing to better manage the side effects of radiation for cancer patients.
“It’s an honour to be recognised for my nursing and research into this area that I am very passionate about.
“For me, it’s about making the cancer journey easier for the patient to ensure they are comfortable, well supported and in the best hands,” he said.
His work into the novel silicone-based gel dressing means thousands of cancer patients in Australia and overseas won’t experience this painful side effect associated with radiation therapy.
He is also widely regarded for developing a nurse-enabled model of post-treatment cancer care involving patients’ primary care providers. This has been supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council in seven sites around Australia resulting in thousands of breast cancer patients receiving optimal, integrated care with input from their specialist as well as GPs and practice nurses.
An internationally renowned cancer nurse leader and researcher, Raymond’s work has been shared widely through influential publications. His leadership has been recognised through appointments at numerous national and international organisations, where he has contributed to the high standing of nursing in Australia.
Congratulations on this wonderful achievement Ray!