Dr Amy Waller

Research Fellow

School of Medicine and Public Health

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Amy Waller is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow and an Investigator in the Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (PRCHB) at the University of Newcastle. She completed her PhD in Behavioural Science in Medicine in 2010. She was employed as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the University of Calgary/Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, Canada between 2010 and 2012. She began working with the PRCHB in 2012. Her research focuses on behavioural aspects of health with special interests in end of life issues, palliative care, psychosocial wellbeing and caregiver/support person wellbeing. Her work has spanned the disease continuum with an emphasis on treatment and end of life phases.

Research Expertise
I have contributed to a range of research projects tackling clinically relevant issues in cancer treatment and end of life care. The most notable of these are: (1) the development and testing of practice guidelines and rigorous measures to assess palliative care needs of advanced cancer patients and their families; (2) large-scale studies describing the natural history of distress and the efficacy of screening programs in newly diagnosed cancer patients; and (3) developing a framework for establishing research priorities and applying this to evidence-practice gaps in cancer control in NSW. My current focus is on the preferences and experiences of patients, families and health care providers in relation to end of life decision making across a range of settings including outpatient oncology, acute care and palliative care settings.

I have published 26 peer-reviewed articles, 2 peer-reviewed book chapters and 4 commissioned reports. These papers have been published in high ranking journals for the field such as Journal of Clinical Oncology, Journal National Comprehensive Cancer Network and British Journal of Cancer. Since 2005, I have given 3 invited and 25 conference presentations at peak meetings. Key presentations include IPOS 14th World Congress where I was shortlisted for the Prize for Best Oral Presentation (2012); the COSA Annual Meeting where I was shortlisted for the Prize for Best Poster in 2009; and BRCC (2009), where I was awarded the Student Award. I have been awarded research support of over $1 million including an NHMRC Post-doctoral Scholarship, an NHMRC project grant (CID), ARC DECRA and a Canadian Institute of Health Research PORT Fellowship.

I am an investigator on three currently held competitive grants examining the delivery of patient-centred care to cancer patients in Australia (CIA, CIC), and Japan (CIB). In 2013, I was selected as one of only 40 participants (270 applicants worldwide) at the Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (National Institutes of Health, St Louis USA) in 2013. This 5-day training institute provides access to international leaders in implementation and dissemination research in health, opportunities to create partnerships and international collaborations, and enhances skills and knowledge in research design, methods and analyses appropriate for implementation research.

I have successfully supervised a Psychology Honours student (University of Calgary, 2011) and am currently co-supervising two doctoral candidates. I review approximately 4 to 5 manuscripts per year for international journals such as Psycho-oncology, Palliative Medicine, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Supportive Care Cancer, Cancer.

Collaborations
The focus of my research is end of life care issues and behavioural aspects of chornic disease. Current research collaborations include Cancer Council NSW, Hunter Stroke Service, Prof Neil Rees (University of Sunchine Coast), Prof Ian Olver (Royal Adelaide Hospital), Prof Barry Bultz and Prof Linda Carlson (University of Calgary/Tom Baker Cancer Centre), Prof Daren Heyland and A/Prof John You (CARENET, Canada).


Qualifications

  • PhD (Behavioural Science), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Honours, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • behavioural research
  • cancer
  • end of life
  • health services
  • stroke

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Research Fellow University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/10/2014 -  Member Hunter Cancer Research Alliance Implementation Committee
Australia
1/01/2014 -  Member International Scientific Committee, IPOS
Australia
1/09/2010 - 1/08/2012 Post-doctoral Research Fellow Department of Psychosocial Resources, Tom Baker Cancer Centre/University of Calgary
Canada
1/01/2010 -  Membership - International Psycho-oncology Society (IPOS) International Psycho-oncology Society (IPOS)
Australia
1/01/2008 -  Membership - Australian Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG) Australian Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG)
Australia

Awards

Recipient

Year Award
2011 Post-doctoral Trainee Excellence Award
Unknown

Research Award

Year Award
2009 Student Award
Unknown
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Publications

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


Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Girgis A, Waller AE, 'Palliative Care Needs Assessment Tool', The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, Oxford University Press, United Kingdom 1-10 (2015)
2015 Waller AE, Boyes A, Carey M, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Screening and Assessment for Unmet Needs', Psycho-Oncology, Oxford University Press, New York 369-377 (2015)
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Allison Boyes

Journal article (34 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Boyes AW, Clinton-Mcharg T, Waller AE, Steele A, D'Este CA, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Prevalence and correlates of the unmet supportive care needs of individuals diagnosed with a haematological malignancy', ACTA ONCOLOGICA, 54 507-514 (2015)
DOI 10.3109/0284186X.2014.958527
Co-authors Allison Boyes, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Catherine Deste
2015 Carey M, Noble N, Mansfield E, Waller A, Henskens F, Sanson-Fisher R, 'The Role of eHealth in Optimizing Preventive Care in the Primary Care Setting.', J Med Internet Res, 17 e126 (2015)
DOI 10.2196/jmir.3817
Co-authors Frans Henskens, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Elise Mansfield, Mariko Carey
2015 Zucca 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)
DOI 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2015.04.018
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Alison Zucca, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2015 Waller A, Forshaw K, Bryant J, Carey M, Boyes A, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Preparatory education for cancer patients undergoing surgery: A systematic review of volume and quality of research output over time.', Patient Educ Couns, (2015)
DOI 10.1016/j.pec.2015.05.008
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Allison Boyes
2015 Waller A, Carey M, Mazza D, Yoong S, Grady A, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Patient-reported areas for quality improvement in general practice: a cross-sectional survey.', Br J Gen Pract, 65 e312-e318 (2015)
DOI 10.3399/bjgp15X684841
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey
2015 Regan T, Carey M, Bryant J, Waller A, Mansfield E, Sitas F, Tracey E, 'Prevalence and correlates of current smoking among medical oncology outpatients.', Psychooncology, (2015)
DOI 10.1002/pon.3893
Co-authors Mariko Carey
2014 Thomas BC, Waller A, Malhi RL, Fung T, Carlson LE, Groff SL, Bultz BD, 'A Longitudinal Analysis of Symptom Clusters in Cancer Patients and Their Sociodemographic Predictors', JOURNAL OF PAIN AND SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT, 47 566-578 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2013.04.007
2014 Waller A, Forshaw K, Bryant J, Mair S, 'Interventions for preparing patients for chemotherapy and radiotherapy: a systematic review', Supportive Care in Cancer, (2014) [C1]

Purpose Undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy can be physically and psychologically stressful for people with cancer. Providing preparatory information to cancer patients as th... [more]

Purpose Undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy can be physically and psychologically stressful for people with cancer. Providing preparatory information to cancer patients as they face treatment and its aftermath has the potential to improve patient outcomes. This study assessed the methodological quality and effectiveness of interventions providing preparatory information about chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy to cancer patients in improving patient outcomes and health care use. Methods MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane databases were systematically searched from January 1995 until October 2012. Inclusion criteria: (1) met Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) criteria for study design; (2) included adults with a current cancer diagnosis; (3) delivered preparatory information via a health care provider or was self-directed; (4) examined psychological well-being, quality of life, physical symptoms, satisfaction, knowledge, or health service utilisation. Studies were assessed for methodological quality using the EPOC criteria. Results Eighteen studies involving 3,443 cancer patients met inclusion criteria. Interventions included written information, audiotapes, videotapes, and computer programs. Interventions improved patient satisfaction (6/7 studies), information needs and patient knowledge (5/6 studies), physical symptoms (3/4 studies) and cost (1/1 study). More than half of the interventions improved psychological outcomes and quality of life (10/17 studies). Conclusion Providing preparatory information can improve patient-reported outcomes in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy, especially with respect to satisfaction and knowledge. Some, but not all, studies improved psychological outcomes and physical symptoms. There is a need for methodologically rigorous research to determine the most effective timing and method of delivery of preparatory information to improve patient outcomes. © 2014 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

DOI 10.1007/s00520-014-2303-3
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 3
2014 Zucca 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 i... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1007/s00520-014-2221-4
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Alison Zucca
2014 Zucca A, Sanson-Fisher R, Waller A, Carey M, 'Patient-centred care: Making cancer treatment centres accountable', Supportive Care in Cancer, 22 1989-1997 (2014)
DOI 10.1007/s00520-014-2221-4
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Alison Zucca, Mariko Carey
2014 Collie K, McCormick J, Waller AE, Railton C, Shirt L, Chobanuk J, et al., 'Qualitative evaluation of care plans for Canadian breast and head-and-neck cancer survivors', Current Oncology, 21 e18-e28 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.3747/co.21.1698
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 1
2013 Carlson LE, Waller A, Groff SL, Zhong L, Bultz BD, 'Reply: benefits of screening cancer patients for distress still not demonstrated', BRITISH JOURNAL OF CANCER, 108 738-739 (2013) [C3]
DOI 10.1038/bjc.2013.17
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2013 Carlson LE, Waller A, Groff SL, Bultz BD, 'Reply: Comment on 'Online screening for distress, the 6th vital sign, in newly diagnosed oncology outpatients: randomised controlled trial of computerised vs personalised triage' - Psychological distress in patients with cancer: is screening the effective solution?', BRITISH JOURNAL OF CANCER, 108 2631-2632 (2013) [C3]
DOI 10.1038/bjc.2013.287
2013 Zucca 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 h... [more]

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.

Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Alison Zucca
2013 Enns A, Waller A, Groff SL, Bultz BD, Fung T, Carlson LE, 'Risk Factors for Continuous Distress Over a 12-Month Period in Newly Diagnosed Cancer Outpatients', JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOCIAL ONCOLOGY, 31 489-506 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/07347332.2013.822052
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4
2013 Waller A, Girgis A, Davidson PM, Newton PJ, Lecathelinais C, Macdonald PS, et al., 'Facilitating Needs-Based Support and Palliative Care for People With Chronic Heart Failure: Preliminary Evidence for the Acceptability, Inter-Rater Reliability, and Validity of a Needs Assessment Tool', JOURNAL OF PAIN AND SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT, 45 912-925 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2012.05.009
Citations Scopus - 2
2013 Carlson LE, Waller A, Groff SL, Giese-Davis J, Bultz BD, 'What goes up does not always come down: patterns of distress, physical and psychosocial morbidity in people with cancer over a one year period', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY, 22 168-176 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/pon.2068
Citations Scopus - 28Web of Science - 27
2013 Waller A, Williams A, Groff SL, Bultz BD, Carlson LE, 'Screening for distress, the sixth vital sign: examining self-referral in people with cancer over a one-year period', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY, 22 388-395 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/pon.2102
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6
2013 Carlson LE, Waller A, Groff SL, Bultz BD, 'Screening for distress, the sixth vital sign, in lung cancer patients: effects on pain, fatigue, and common problemssecondary outcomes of a randomized controlled trial', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY, 22 1880-1888 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/pon.3223
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 2
2013 Bultz B, Waller AE, Cullum J, Jones P, Halland J, Groff S, et al., 'Implementing routine screening for distress, the sixth vital sign, for patients with head and neck and neurologic cancers.', Journal of the National Comprensive Cancer Network, 11 1249-1261 (2013) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2013 Girgis A, Lambert S, Johnson C, Waller A, Currow D, 'Physical, Psychosocial, Relationship, and Economic Burden of Caring for People With Cancer: A Review', Journal of Oncology Practice, 9 197-202 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1200/JOP.2012.000690
Citations Scopus - 16
2012 Mitchell A, Waller AE, Carlson L, 'Implementing a Screening Programme for Distress in Cancer Settings: Science and Practice.', Psicooncologia, 9 259-275 (2012)
2012 Carlson LE, Waller A, Mitchell AJ, 'Screening for Distress and Unmet Needs in Patients With Cancer: Review and Recommendations', JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, 30 1160-1177 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1200/JCO.2011.39.5509
Citations Scopus - 86Web of Science - 79
2012 Waller AE, Girgis A, Johnson CE, Lecathelinais LC, Sibbritt DW, Forstner D, et al., 'Improving outcomes for people with progressive cancer: Interrupted time series trial of a needs assessment intervention', Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 43 569-581 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 3
2012 Waller A, Garland SN, Bultz BD, 'Using Screening for Distress, the Sixth Vital Sign, to advance patient care with assessment and targeted interventions', SUPPORTIVE CARE IN CANCER, 20 2241-2246 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s00520-012-1506-8
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2012 Waller AE, Girgis A, Johnson CE, Lecathelinais LC, Sibbritt DW, Seldon M, et al., 'Implications of a needs assessment intervention for people with progressive cancer: Impact on clinical assessment, response and service utilisation', Psycho-Oncology, 21 550-557 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2012 Waller A, Groff SL, Hagen N, Bultz BD, Carlson LE, 'Characterizing distress, the 6th vital sign, in an oncology pain clinic', CURRENT ONCOLOGY, 19 E53-E59 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.3747/co.19.882
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2012 Giese-Davis J, Waller A, Carlson LE, Groff S, Zhong L, Neri E, et al., 'Screening for distress, the 6th vital sign: common problems in cancer outpatients over one year in usual care: associations with marital status, sex, and age', BMC CANCER, 12 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1471-2407-12-441
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 11
2012 Carlson LE, Waller AE, Groff SL, Zhong L, Bultz BD, 'Online screening for distress, the 6th vital sign, in newly diagnosed oncology outpatients: randomised controlled trial of computerised vs personalised triage.', British Journal of Cancer, 107 617-625 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1038/bjc.2012.309
Citations Scopus - 23Web of Science - 23
2012 Mitchell AJ, Waller A, Carlson LE, 'Implementing a screening programme for distress in cancer settings: Science and practice', Psicooncologia, 9 259-275 (2012)

Objective. Previous work has addressed the development and diagnostic validity testing of tools for measuring cancer-related distress. Relatively little has been published on the ... [more]

Objective. Previous work has addressed the development and diagnostic validity testing of tools for measuring cancer-related distress. Relatively little has been published on the implementation of these tools in clinical practice. We aimed to review the findings of randomized and non-randomized trials of the effect of distress screening to identify the effectiveness and acceptability of screening programmes. Methods. A search was made of the Embase/ Medline and Web of knowledge abstract databases from inception to May 2012. Our inclusion criterion was randomized and non- randomized controlled trials concerning the effect of screening for psychological distress on patient and clinician reported outcomes. We included studies on quality of life. Results. We identified 21 qualifying studies. Twelve were randomized trials and nine were non-randomized trials of the effect of screening for psychological distress. Six randomized trials assigned patients to receive screening or no screening, the remainder randomized patients to receive feedback or no feedback of screening results. Only 6 of the randomized reported benefits (five as a direct result of screening), although an additional 8 non-randomized studies showed partial benefits. Most benefits were seen in domains of communication, clinician behaviour and patient referral. Acceptability of screening was high during funded screening implementation studies but mixed when incorporated into routine clinical care. Conclusions. Screening for distress has the potential to influence communication, clinician behaviour and patient referral and to a lesser extent recognition of distress and unmet needs. Barriers to implementation success include low staff confidence, lack of training and support, low acceptability and failure to tie treatment to the screening results. Further work needs to be conducted on the value of screening when incorporated into routine clinical care and into the most appropriate methods for studying the implementation of screening in clinical practice.

DOI 10.5209/rev_PSIC.2013.v9.n2-3.40896
Citations Scopus - 2
2011 Carlson L, Waller AE, Groff S, Bultz B, 'Reply to Palmer et al. Clinical Trial did Demonstrate Benefits for Screening Cancer Patients for Distress.', Journal of Clinical Oncology, 29 279-280 (2011) [C3]
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2010 Waller AE, Girgis A, Lecathelinais LC, Scott W, Foot L, Sibbritt DW, Currow D, 'Validity, reliability and clinical feasibility of a needs assessment tool for people with progressive cancer', Psycho-Oncology, 19 726-733 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/pon.1624
2010 Waller AE, Girgis A, Johnson CE, Mitchell G, Yates P, Kristjanson L, et al., 'Facilitating needs based cancer care for people with a chronic disease: Evaluation of an intervention using a multi-centre interrupted time series design', BMC Palliative Care, 9 1-6 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1472-684X-9-2
Citations Scopus - 11
Co-authors Brian Kelly
2008 Waller AE, Girgis A, Currow D, Lecathelinais LC, 'Development of the palliative care needs assessment tool (PC-NAT) for use by multi-disciplinary health professionals', Palliative Medicine, 22 956-964 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0269216308098797
Citations Scopus - 25Web of Science - 21
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Conference (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Zucca 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]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Alison Zucca, Mariko Carey
2014 Turon H, Waller A, Mansfield E, Sanson-Fisher R, 'HOW GOOD IS THE QUALITY OF EVIDENCE FOR GRIEF COUNSELLING? A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Elise Mansfield
2014 Turon H, Waller A, Clinton-McHarg T, Fleming J, Marlton P, Sanson-Fisher R, 'HAEMATOLOGICAL CANCER PATIENTS' VIEWS ON TISSUE BANKING', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Tara Clinton-Mcharg
2011 Waller AE, Girgis A, Davidson P, Newton P, Lecathelinais LC, MacDonald P, et al., 'Facilitating needs based care for people with chronic heart failure: Inter-rater reliability, validity and acceptability of a Needs Assessment Tool', Heart, Lung and Circulation, Perth, WA (2011) [E3]
2010 Girgis A, Waller AE, Currow D, 'Facilitating the implementation of the Palliative Care Needs Assessment Tool: Progressive disease - Cancer in clinical practice', Psycho-Oncology, Quebec, Canada (2010) [E3]
2009 Waller AE, Girgis A, Johnson CE, Currow D, Lecathelinais LC, Sibbritt DW, 'Impact of a palliative care needs assessment intervention on patient outcomes and service utilisation', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, Gold Coast, QLD (2009) [E3]
DOI 10.1111/j.1743-7563.2009.01253.x
2009 Waller AE, Girgis A, Lecathelinais LC, Scott W, Foot L, Sibbritt DW, Currow D, 'Validity, reliability and clinical feasibility of a needs assessment tool for people with progressive cancer', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, Gold Coast, QLD (2009) [E3]
DOI 10.1002/pon.1624
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 10
2009 Girgis A, Waller AE, Currow D, 'Systematic assessment of palliative care needs: Efficacy, time and resource implications and future directions', Palliative Care 2009: Combining the 10th APCC & the 8th APHC. Conference Handbook, Perth, WA (2009) [E3]
2009 Waller AE, Girgis A, Currow D, Lecathelinais LC, Sibbritt DW, 'Evaluation of a palliative care needs assessment intervention', Supportive Care in Cancer, Rome, Italy (2009) [E3]
DOI 10.1007/s00520-009-0643-1
2007 Waller AE, Girgis A, Currow D, McElduff P, Lecathelinais LC, 'The Palliative Care Needs Assessment Tool (PC-NAT): Development and pilot-testing', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, Adelaide (2007) [E3]
2006 Girgis A, Currow D, Johnson CE, Waller AE, Kristjanson L, 'Overview of a Research Program to Improve Needs Based Palliative Care in Australia', Psycho-Oncology: Journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimension of cancer, Ferrara-Venice, Italy (2006) [E3]
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Report (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2006 Girgis A, Waller AE, 'Consultation Skills Module: Emotional Cues.', National Breast Cancer Centre (2006)
2006 Girgis A, Waller AE, 'Consultation Skills Module: Breaking Bad News.', National Breast Cancer Centre (2006)

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Waller AE, Facilitating needs-based care of people with progressive cancer: evaluation of a palliative care needs assessment intervention, University of Newcastle (2010) [T3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 7
Total funding $890,280

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20151 grants / $359,753

Decision making in older people approaching the end of life$359,753

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Doctor Amy Waller
Scheme Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1400472
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20142 grants / $55,000

End-of-life care: An investigation of advance care planning amongst haematological cancer patients$30,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Doctor Lisa Mackenzie, Doctor Amy Waller, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Doctor Mariko Carey
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301373
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Develop and evaluate a three-year strategic plan addressing sun exposure, skin cancer prevention and vitamin D$25,000

Funding body: Cancer Council NSW

Funding body Cancer Council NSW
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Doctor Jamie Bryant, Doctor Mariko Carey, Doctor Luke Wolfenden, Doctor Amy Waller, Mrs Elizabeth Tracey, Miss Alix Hall
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400744
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20131 grants / $108,357

Proof of Concept Study Examining the Impact of Introducing the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards from the Perspective of Patients and Healthcare Consumers$108,357

Funding body: Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

Funding body Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Mrs Robyn Considine, Doctor Jamie Bryant, Doctor Amy Waller
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1301048
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20081 grants / $286,572

Needs based access to specialist palliative care services: Development and evaluation of a Consumer Toolkit$286,572

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Conjoint Professor Afaf Girgis, Professor David Currow, Dr Claire Johnson, Doctor Amy Waller, Conjoint Professor David Sibbritt
Scheme Palliative Care Research Grants
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0186967
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20071 grants / $65,598

Needs based palliative care: Evaluation of the palliative care needs assessment guidelines and tools$65,598

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Doctor Amy Waller, Conjoint Professor Afaf Girgis
Scheme Palliative Care Research Grants
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187265
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20061 grants / $15,000

Update National Breast Cancer Centre communication skills training modules$15,000

Funding body: National Breast Cancer Centre

Funding body National Breast Cancer Centre
Project Team Conjoint Professor Afaf Girgis, Doctor Amy Waller
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186835
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current3

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD1.05

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 Improving End of Life Communication in Oncology Patients
Behavioural Science, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor
2013 Assessing Longitudinal Recovery of Stroke Patients & their Support Persons
Behavioural Science, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor
2011 Patient-Centred Care in Cancer Treatment Centres
Behavioural Science, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2012 Risk factors for distress trajectories over a 12 month period in newly diagnosed cancer outpatients
Psychology, University of Calgary
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Amy Waller

Position

Research Fellow
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email amy.waller@newcastle.edu.au
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