Ms Alison Zucca

Research Student

School of Medicine and Public Health (Health Behaviour Sciences)

Career Summary

Biography

Alison is a Senior Research Officer with the Centre for Health Research & Psycho-oncology (CHeRP, the Behavioural Research Unit of the Cancer Council NSW). She has been involved in behavioural research in relation to cancer since 2002. Alison assists in the co-ordination and implementation of research projects and the writing of scientific reports and papers.

Research Expertise
Alison is currently working on several research projects in the area of cancer survivorship. The key project is the Cancer Survival Study, a longitudinal study following over 1400 cancer survivors until 5 years post-diagnosis. The Cancer Survival Study explores the well-being of cancer survivors across a variety of outcomes including physical and emotional health, positive growth, work-related and employment issues, lifestyle issues, relationships and social support and coping styles. Alison is interested in the moderators of well-being, including coping styles, and in 2008 completed her Research Masters degree exploring coping in two samples of cancer patients who are 6 months and 5 years post-diagnosis.


Keywords

  • Carcinogenesis
  • Oncology

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111799Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified50
119999Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified50
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (17 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Bryant J, Zucca A, Brozek I, Rock V, Bonevski B, 'Sun Protection Attitudes and Behaviours Among First Generation Australians with Darker Skin Types: Results from Focus Groups', JOURNAL OF IMMIGRANT AND MINORITY HEALTH, 17 248-254 (2015)
DOI10.1007/s10903-013-9900-yAuthor URL
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsBillie Bonevski
2015Zucca A, Sanson-Fisher R, Waller A, Carey M, Fradgley E, Regan T, 'Medical Oncology Patients: Are They Offered Help and Does It Provide Relief?', J Pain Symptom Manage, (2015)
DOI10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2015.04.018Author URL
Co-authorsMariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Amy Waller
2014Paul CL, Bryant J, Turon H, Brozek I, Noble N, Zucca A, 'A narrative review of the potential for self- tanning products to substitute for solaria use among people seeking a tanned appearance', PHOTODERMATOLOGY PHOTOIMMUNOLOGY & PHOTOMEDICINE, 30 160-166 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1111/phpp.12103Author URL
Co-authorsChris Paul
2014Zucca A, Sanson-Fisher R, Waller A, Carey M, 'Patient-centred care: Making cancer treatment centres accountable', Supportive Care in Cancer, 22 1989-1997 (2014) [C1]

Patient-centred care is argued to be an essential component in the delivery of quality health and cancer care. This manuscript discusses the need to generate credible data which indicates the quality of patient-centred care provided by cancer treatment centres. Patient-centred care covers six domains including physical comfort; emotional support; respect for patients' preferences and values; integration and coordination; involvement of family and friends; and the provision of information, communication and education to enable patients to understand and make informed decisions about their care. First, we identify priority areas within each domain. Next, we propose three questions that should be asked of every patient across the six domains of patient-centred care. The first question explores whether patients were specifically asked by a healthcare provider at the cancer treatment centre about their concerns, values and preferences. Research indicates that it cannot be assumed that clinicians are aware of patient's needs or preferences in these six areas. Second, if the answer from the patient suggests that they would like assistance, then it would be expected that this would be offered. Thirdly, if the patient indicates that they would like such assistance and it is provided, then it might be expected that the patient would report that the provided assistance did relieve their suffering, or the assistance provided was consistent with their preferences, needs and values. Regular measurement and reporting of these aspects of patient-centred cancer care has the potential to identify deficits and inequities in care delivery, allow for comparisons across treatment centres and stimulate an improvement in the patient-centred care provided to cancer patients. © 2014 Springer-Verlag.

DOI10.1007/s00520-014-2221-4
CitationsWeb of Science - 1
Co-authorsAmy Waller, Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2014Zucca A, Sanson-Fisher R, Waller A, Carey M, 'Patient-centred care: Making cancer treatment centres accountable', Supportive Care in Cancer, 22 1989-1997 (2014)
DOI10.1007/s00520-014-2221-4
Co-authorsMariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Amy Waller
2013Boyes AW, Girgis A, D'Este CA, Zucca AC, Lecathelinais C, Carey ML, 'Prevalence and predictors of the short-term trajectory of anxiety and depression in the first year after a cancer diagnosis: a population-based longitudinal study.', J Clin Oncol, 31 2724-2729 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1200/JCO.2012.44.7540Author URL
CitationsScopus - 10Web of Science - 10
Co-authorsCatherine Deste, Mariko Carey, Allison Boyes
2013Zucca A, Sanson-Fisher R, Waller A, 'The many faces of preventative care in the practice of oncology', Cancer Forum, 37 12-16 (2013) [C1]

Prevention in the oncology setting has traditionally focused on the progression of cancer, recurrence and development of new cancers. Increasingly, the focus has moved to a more holistic view of prevention that pursues prevention of suffering and maintaining quality of life. The cancer treatment team has the opportunity to play an active role in the promotion of healthy lifestyles for patients, and the relatives for whom the patient's cancer conveys risk. Assisting patients to adhere to 'non-cancer' care is important for their mortality and morbidity. Given patient's reluctance to disclose physical and emotional side-effects they may be experiencing, there is a need for health providers to regularly initiate discussions with their patients about their needs. Similarly, an oncology service that actively seeks to understand patient preferences will be better equipped to provide individualised care. A systems-minded approach to prevention may ensure that cancer care is organised to anticipate and to prevent of poor quality care. As the cancer treatment team will continue to play a more complex role in prevention, they must be supported by organisational factors that facilitate evidence-based practice.

CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsRob Sanson-Fisher, Amy Waller
2012Walshe R, James EL, MacDonald-Wicks LK, Boyes AW, Zucca AC, Girgis A, Lecathelinais LC, 'Socio-demographic and medical correlates of the use of biologically based complementary and alternative medicines amongst recent Australian cancer survivors', Preventive Medicine, 54 23-26 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 5
Co-authorsErica James, Lesley Wicks, Allison Boyes
2012Zucca AC, Boyes AW, Linden W, Girgis A, 'All's well that ends well? Quality of life and physical symptom clusters in long-term cancer survivors across cancer types', Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 43 720-731 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 16Web of Science - 16
Co-authorsAllison Boyes
2012Boyes AW, Girgis A, D'Este CA, Zucca AC, 'Prevalence and correlates of cancer survivors' supportive care needs 6months after diagnosis: A population-based cross-sectional study', BMC Cancer, 12 150 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 25Web of Science - 4
Co-authorsCatherine Deste, Allison Boyes
2012Zucca AC, Lambert SD, Boyes AW, Pallant JF, 'Rasch analysis of the Mini-Mental Adjustment to Cancer Scale (mini-MAC) among a heterogeneous sample of long-term cancer survivors: A cross-sectional study', Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 10 1-12 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsAllison Boyes
2011Boyes AW, Girgis A, D'Este CA, Zucca AC, 'Flourishing or floundering? Prevalence and correlates of anxiety and depression among a population-based sample of adult cancer survivors 6 months after diagnosis', Journal of Affective Disorders, 135 184-192 (2011) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 22Web of Science - 28
Co-authorsCatherine Deste, Allison Boyes
2011Zucca AC, Boyes AW, Newling G, Hall AE, Girgis A, 'Travelling all over the countryside: Travel-related burden and financial difficulties reported by cancer patients in New South Wales and Victoria', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 19 298-305 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1440-1584.2011.01232.x
CitationsScopus - 7Web of Science - 9
Co-authorsAllison Boyes
2010Zucca AC, Boyes AW, Lecathelinais LC, Girgis A, 'Life is precious and I'm making the best of it: Coping strategies of long-term cancer survivors', Psycho-Oncology, 19 1268-1276 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1002/pon.1686
CitationsScopus - 17Web of Science - 16
Co-authorsAllison Boyes
2009Boyes AW, Girgis A, Zucca AC, Lecathelinais LC, 'Anxiety and depression among long-term survivors of cancer in Australia: Results of a population-based survey', Medical Journal of Australia, 190 S94-S98 (2009) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 32Web of Science - 30
Co-authorsAllison Boyes
2009Boyes AW, Girgis A, Zucca AC, Lecathelinais LC, 'In reply: Anxiety and depression among long-term survivors of cancer in Australia: Results of a population-based survey', Medical Journal of Australia, 191 295 (2009) [C3]
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authorsAllison Boyes
2002Boyes AW, Girgis A, Zucca AC, 'NSW Cancer Survival Study. Cancer Voices NSW Newsletter (Sydney)', Cancer Voices NSW Newsletter, 7 (2002) [C3]
Co-authorsAllison Boyes
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Conference (19 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Henskens FA, Paul DJ, Wallis M, Bryant J, Carey M, Fradgley E, et al., 'Web-based support for population-based medical research: Presenting the QuON survey system', HEALTHINF 2014 - 7th International Conference on Health Informatics, Proceedings; Part of 7th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies, BIOSTEC 2014 (2014) [E1]

This paper discusses the needs of medical researchers working in the area of patient-centred medicine, in particular their use of survey data in measuring patient opinions, needs, perceived quality of care received, and priorities of health service interventions. Until quite recently, collection of survey data has been either paper-based, or achieved using computer software that largely duplicated paper-based processes with limited additional functionality. The authors investigate the use of web-based technology to support collection of such data from patients, including experiences and observations on enhanced/additional functionality made possible by its adoption. A novel software design termed QuON is presented, together with examples of its capabilities and uses in current research projects. Copyright © 2014 SCITEPRESS - Science and Technology Publications. All rights reserved.

CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsRob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Frans Henskens, Chris Paul, Mark Wallis
2014Henskens FA, Paul DJ, Wallis M, Bryant J, Carey M, Fradgley E, et al., 'How Do Health Researchers Benefit From Web-Based Survey Systems?', Proceedings of e-Health 2014, Lisbon, Portugal (2014) [E1]
Co-authorsMark Wallis, Mariko Carey, Chris Paul, Frans Henskens, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2014Fradgley E, Paul C, Bryant J, Zucca A, 'A Multi-site Study to Explore Patient-identified and Prioritized Health Service Initiatives to Improve Oncology Outpatient Care: Are We Aiming for the Right Targets?', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY (2014) [E3]
Author URL
Co-authorsChris Paul
2014Zucca A, Sanson-Fisher R, Waller A, Carey M, 'LIFE EXPECTANCY DISCUSSIONS IN A MULTI-SITE SAMPLE OF AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ONCOLOGY OUTPATIENTS', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2014) [E3]
Author URL
Co-authorsAmy Waller, Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2011Ratcliffe F, Boyes A, Zucca A, Vallentine P, Friedsam J, 'TELEPHONE SUPPORT GROUPS', JOURNAL OF THORACIC ONCOLOGY (2011) [E3]
Author URL
Co-authorsAllison Boyes
2010Boyes AW, Girgis A, Zucca AC, D'Este CA, 'Survivors' patterns of psychosocial adjustment over the first 2 years of the cancer trajectory', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, Washington, DC (2010) [E3]
Co-authorsCatherine Deste, Allison Boyes
2010Boyes AW, Girgis A, Zucca AC, D'Este CA, 'It's been a journey, I am a survivor: Patterns of adjustment across the cancer trajectory', Psycho-Oncology, Quebec, Canada (2010) [E3]
Co-authorsAllison Boyes, Catherine Deste
2010Boyes AW, Vallentine P, Zucca AC, Friedsam J, 'I look forward to the call: Evaluation of a telephone-based support group', Psycho-Oncology, Quebec, Canada (2010) [E3]
Co-authorsAllison Boyes
2009Girgis A, Zucca AC, Boyes AW, ''It's been a journey, I am a survivor': Changes in psychosocial wellbeing over the first 12 months since a cancer diagnosis', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, Gold Coast, QLD (2009) [E3]
DOI10.1111/j.1743-7563.2009.01253.x
Co-authorsAllison Boyes
2009Carveth S, Boyes AW, Vallentine P, Zucca AC, Friedsam J, 'Telephone support groups: Help or hinderance?', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, Gold Coast, QLD (2009) [E3]
DOI10.1111/j.1743-7563.2009.01252.x
Co-authorsAllison Boyes
2009Hall AE, Boyes AW, Bowman JA, Zucca AC, Girgis A, ''The young ones': Psychosocial wellbeing and service utilisation of young cancer survivors', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, Gold Coast, QLD (2009) [E3]
DOI10.1111/j.1743-7563.2009.01252.x
Co-authorsAllison Boyes, Jenny Bowman
2009Zucca AC, Boyes AW, Girgis A, Hall AE, 'Travel all over the countryside: Travelling for cancer treatment in NSW and Victoria', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, Gold Coast, QLD (2009) [E3]
DOI10.1111/j.1743-7563.2009.01252.x
Co-authorsAllison Boyes
2009James EL, Boyes AW, Girgis A, Paras LE, Lecathelinais LC, Eakin E, et al., 'Physical activity amongst Australian cancer survivors: Prevalence of activity, receipt of health professional recommendation, and survivors' preferences for the timing and delivery of programs', Psycho-Oncology, Vienna, Austria (2009) [E3]
DOI10.1002/pon.1594
Co-authorsErica James, Chris Paul, Allison Boyes
2008Boyes AW, Zucca AC, Girgis A, Lecathelinais LC, 'Comparing the psychosocial wellbeing of recent and long-term cancer survivors: Preliminary results of population-based studies', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, Sydney, NSW (2008) [E3]
Co-authorsAllison Boyes
2008Friedsam J, Vallentine P, Batt G, Boyes AW, Zucca AC, 'Research endorsing psychosocial support and service provision: Telephone support group program, Cancer Council NSW', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, Sydney, NSW (2008) [E3]
Co-authorsAllison Boyes
2008James EL, Eakin E, Girgis A, Reeves M, Paras LE, Boyes AW, Zucca AC, 'What are cancer survivors' priorities and preferences for lifestyle programs?', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, Sydney, NSW (2008) [E3]
Co-authorsErica James, Allison Boyes
2007Zucca AC, Boyes AW, Girgis A, Lecathelinais LC, 'Use of coping strategies by recent versus long-term cancer survivors', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, Adelaide (2007) [E3]
Co-authorsAllison Boyes
2006Zucca AC, Boyes AW, Girgis A, Lecathelinais LC, 'Coping strategies in long-term cancer survivors', Psycho-Oncology: Journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimension of cancer, Ferrara-Venice, Italy (2006) [E3]
Co-authorsAllison Boyes
2006Boyes AW, Girgis A, Zucca AC, Lecathelinais LC, 'Well-being of long-term cancer survivors: It's not all doom and gloom', Psycho-Oncology: Journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimension of cancer, Ferrara-Venice, Italy (2006) [E3]
Co-authorsAllison Boyes
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Report (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Boyes AW, Zucca AC, 'Evaluation of Cancer Council NSW Telephone Support Groups: Satisfaction and Impact', Cancer Council NSW, 122 (2009) [R2]
Co-authorsAllison Boyes
2005Boyes AW, Zucca AC, Girgis A, 'Evaluation of the Cancer Council Helpline: Caller Satisfaction Survey', Cancer Council, NSW, 40 (2005) [R1]
Co-authorsAllison Boyes
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants3
Total funding$64,627

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20141 grants / $20,000

Quality of cancer care from the patient perspective: An international comparison study$20,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding bodyHunter Medical Research Institute
Project TeamLaureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Doctor Mariko Carey, Dr Megumi Uchida, Doctor Flora Tzelepis, Ms Alison Zucca, Miss Alix Hall, Miss Lisa Mackenzie
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400058
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

20121 grants / $14,207

Improving cancer care for lymphoma: patients' perceptions of optimal care$14,207

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding bodyHunter Medical Research Institute
Project TeamDoctor Flora Tzelepis, Doctor Mariko Carey, Associate Professor Christine Paul, Doctor Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Ms Alison Zucca
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200212
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

20111 grants / $30,420

Evaluation of Cancer Council NSW Legal Referral Service$30,420

Funding body: Law & Justice Foundation of New South Wales

Funding bodyLaw & Justice Foundation of New South Wales
Project TeamDoctor Allison Boyes, Ms Paula Vallentine, Ms Alison Zucca
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1100851
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY
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Ms Alison Zucca

Positions

Research Student
Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Research Assistant
Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Health Behaviour Sciences

Contact Details

Emailalison.zucca@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 40420643

Office

RoomHMRI Building, John Hunter Hospital West wing, Level 4
BuildingHMRI Building
LocationOther

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