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

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111799Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
13/08/2014 - 15/12/2015Research FellowUniversity of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia
1/01/2014 - 30/06/2014Research FellowUniversity of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia
1/07/2010 - 20/08/2010Research AssociateUniversity of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia
15/03/2010 - 20/08/2010HMRI Postdoctoral Research FellowUniversity of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/10/2014 - MemberHunter Cancer Research Alliance Implementation Committee
Australia
1/01/2014 - MemberInternational Scientific Committee, IPOS
Australia
1/09/2010 - 1/08/2012Post-doctoral Research FellowDepartment 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

YearAward
2011Post-doctoral Trainee Excellence Award
Unknown

Research Award

YearAward
2009Student Award
Unknown
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (2 outputs)

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

Journal article (33 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Boyes 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)
DOI10.3109/0284186X.2014.958527Author URL
Co-authorsAllison Boyes, Catherine Deste, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2015Carey 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)
DOI10.2196/jmir.3817Author URL
Co-authorsFrans Henskens, Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher
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-authorsAlison Zucca, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey
2015Waller 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)
DOI10.1016/j.pec.2015.05.008Author URL
Co-authorsRob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Allison Boyes
2015Waller 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)
DOI10.3399/bjgp15X684841Author URL
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsRob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey
2014Thomas 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]
DOI10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2013.04.007Author URL
2014Waller 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.

DOI10.1007/s00520-014-2303-3
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 3
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 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.

DOI10.1007/s00520-014-2221-4
CitationsWeb of Science - 1
Co-authorsMariko Carey, Alison Zucca, 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-authorsRob Sanson-Fisher, Alison Zucca, Mariko Carey
2014Collie 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]
DOI10.3747/co.21.1698
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 1
2013Carlson 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]
DOI10.1038/bjc.2013.17Author URL
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2013Carlson 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]
DOI10.1038/bjc.2013.287Author URL
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 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.

CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsRob Sanson-Fisher, Alison Zucca
2013Enns 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]
DOI10.1080/07347332.2013.822052Author URL
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 3
2013Waller 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]
DOI10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2012.05.009Author URL
CitationsScopus - 1
2013Carlson 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]
DOI10.1002/pon.2068Author URL
CitationsScopus - 28Web of Science - 27
2013Waller 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]
DOI10.1002/pon.2102Author URL
CitationsScopus - 6Web of Science - 6
2013Carlson 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]
DOI10.1002/pon.3223Author URL
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 2
2013Bultz 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]
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2013Girgis 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]
DOI10.1200/JOP.2012.000690
CitationsScopus - 15
2012Mitchell A, Waller AE, Carlson L, 'Implementing a Screening Programme for Distress in Cancer Settings: Science and Practice.', Psicooncologia, 9 259-275 (2012)
2012Carlson 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]
DOI10.1200/JCO.2011.39.5509Author URL
CitationsScopus - 83Web of Science - 78
2012Waller 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]
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 3
2012Waller 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]
DOI10.1007/s00520-012-1506-8Author URL
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2012Waller 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]
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2012Waller 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]
DOI10.3747/co.19.882Author URL
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2012Giese-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]
DOI10.1186/1471-2407-12-441Author URL
CitationsScopus - 11Web of Science - 10
2012Carlson 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]
DOI10.1038/bjc.2012.309
CitationsScopus - 22Web of Science - 23
2012Mitchell 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.

DOI10.5209/rev_PSIC.2013.v9.n2-3.40896
CitationsScopus - 2
2011Carlson 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]
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2010Waller 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]
DOI10.1002/pon.1624
2010Waller 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]
DOI10.1186/1472-684X-9-2
CitationsScopus - 11
Co-authorsBrian Kelly
2008Waller 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]
DOI10.1177/0269216308098797
CitationsScopus - 25Web of Science - 21
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Conference (11 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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-authorsRob Sanson-Fisher, Alison Zucca, Mariko Carey
2014Turon 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]
Author URL
Co-authorsRob Sanson-Fisher
2014Turon 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]
Author URL
Co-authorsRob Sanson-Fisher, Tara Clinton-Mcharg
2011Waller 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]
2010Girgis 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]
2009Waller 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]
DOI10.1111/j.1743-7563.2009.01253.x
2009Waller 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]
DOI10.1002/pon.1624
CitationsScopus - 11Web of Science - 10
2009Girgis 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]
2009Waller 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]
DOI10.1007/s00520-009-0643-1
2007Waller 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]
2006Girgis 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)

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

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Waller 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 grants7
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 bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamDoctor Amy Waller
SchemeDiscovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)
RoleLead
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1400472
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

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 bodyHunter Medical Research Institute
Project TeamDoctor Lisa Mackenzie, Doctor Amy Waller, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Doctor Mariko Carey
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1301373
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

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 bodyCancer Council NSW
Project TeamLaureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Doctor Jamie Bryant, Doctor Mariko Carey, Doctor Luke Wolfenden, Doctor Amy Waller, Mrs Elizabeth Tracey, Miss Alix Hall
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400744
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

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 bodyAustralian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
Project TeamLaureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Mrs Robyn Considine, Doctor Jamie Bryant, Doctor Amy Waller
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1301048
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

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 bodyNHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project TeamConjoint Professor Afaf Girgis, Professor David Currow, Dr Claire Johnson, Doctor Amy Waller, Conjoint Professor David Sibbritt
SchemePalliative Care Research Grants
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0186967
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

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 bodyNHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project TeamDoctor Amy Waller, Conjoint Professor Afaf Girgis
SchemePalliative Care Research Grants
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0187265
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20061 grants / $15,000

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

Funding body: National Breast Cancer Centre

Funding bodyNational Breast Cancer Centre
Project TeamConjoint Professor Afaf Girgis, Doctor Amy Waller
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNoG0186835
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2013Assessing Longitudinal Recovery of Stroke Patients & their Support Persons
Behavioural Science, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor
2011Patient-Centred Care in Cancer Treatment Centres
Behavioural Science, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2012Risk 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

Emailamy.waller@newcastle.edu.au
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