Peter Mac and University of Melbourne Nursing Seminar Series 2023

Nursing Innovations for Health Services Research: Examples from the Field

Equitable access to health care is a key indicator of safety and quality of care and is fundamental to the performance of our health system. Nurses work at the intersections between primary, community and the acute health services and therefore play an important role in navigating timely access and advocating for system improvements that meet the needs of all people seeking health care.

This year the Department of Nursing, The University of Melbourne and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre are proud to co-host a public event series that will explore the concept of equitable health care and the critical role that nurses play in closing the equity gap.

Our four-part series aims to:

  1. Explore the design, implementation, and evaluation of nurse-led models of care that address equity of access to health care for vulnerable populations,
  2. Consider strategies to optimise nurses’ scope of practice to enable better access to healthcare
  3. Foster networking and collaboration among clinicians, researchers and students with an interest in health services research focussed on advancing equity of access to healthcare.

Thursday 11 May
The Marian Barrett Lecture - Professor Marion Saville AM, Ange Steele and Michelle Cornelius

The Marian Barrett Lecture for 2023 will take the form of a panel discussion about the role of nurses (past, present and future) in the elimination of cervical cancer. 

Panel discussion: ‘The role of nurses in achieving cervical cancer elimination.’

6pm – 8pm
Kenneth Myer Building at the University of Melbourne
30 Royal Parade, Parkville
Registration to attend in person here, or attend on Zoom here 

Thursday 3 August
Dot Henning – ‘Young People, Homelessness and Access to Health Care.’

4pm to 6pm
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
305 Grattan Street, Melbourne (level 7)
Register to attend here or stream online here

Dot Henning is a Youth Health Nurse Practitioner and a Midwife. She is a Registered Nurse, a midwife, has a Diploma of Adolescent Health (and Welfare), a Master of Nursing and a PhD. She was endorsed as one of the first four Nurse Practitioners in Victoria. Dot is employed at the Young People’s Health Service (YPHS), a program of the Department of Adolescent Medicine at the Royal Children’s Hospital. YPHS is located in a community setting collocated with other services to address the needs of young people experiencing homelessness. Being a program of the hospital brings the benefits of clinical governance and support while working within a social service setting provides access to highly vulnerable young people who may not otherwise access healthcare.

Dot has worked at the Young People’s Health Service (YPHS) for 21 years developing and refining her practice to best meet the complex health needs of the young homeless. She believes health access and good health care should be equally available to all young people.

Thursday 19 October
Professor Mei Krishnasamy and colleagues

Panel: ‘Social determinants of health - routine data collection and its capacity to inform service redesign and models of care.’

4pm to 6pm
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
305 Grattan Street, Melbourne (level 7)
Register to attend here or stream online here 

Professor Krishnasamy holds the inaugural Chair in Cancer Nursing at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests include the development and evaluation of nurse-led interventions targeted at improving patient and carer experiences of living with a diagnosis of cancer, demands of treatment and symptom profiles. She is particularly interested in the development and evaluation of nursing and allied health-led services. The focus of her work has been on generating new knowledge through diverse research projects and methodologies, and increasingly, on the best ways of meaningfully translating new and existing evidence into clinical practice. She has considerable teaching and post-graduate supervision experience. She also holds national leadership positions on nursing and multi-disciplinary oncology societies (CNSA and COSA).

Missed the first nursing seminar for 2023? Watch Dr Jacqui Richmond from the Burnet Insititue speaking on the importance of nurses in efforts to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030’