RESEARCH

BACKGROUND

The SolarisCare Collaborative Research Team brings together representatives from health care services, accredited complementary therapists and universities state-wide, focusing on patient centred cancer care.

SolarisCare services include free educational programs for patients, carers as well as personal development opportunities for volunteers and staff. 

OUR VALUES

  • CARE Best practice in psychosocial support and care for cancer patients and carers
  • ADVOCACY Enhancing service delivery, in metropolitan, regional & remote areas
  • RESEARCH Our research will advance knowledge of integrating complementary therapies with mainstream medicine
  • EXCELLENCE In care and support of cancer patients and thier carers

AIMS

The Research Team aims to:

  • Support the development of research programs addressing complementary integrated therapies and cancer care for patients and their caregivers
  • Establish and maintain local, regional, and national research connections
  • Provide a basis for generating evidence-based recommendations for co-ordinated interdisciplinary care for cancer patients and their carers
  • Ensure the dissemination of research findings to appropriate professionals, academics, cancer care providers and policy makers

RESEARCH

The Research Team, chaired by Dr David Joske, draws on a wide variety of backgrounds, which includes clinical, management and research expertise. Current members are:

DR DAVID JOSKE - MBBS FRACP FRCPA

Senior Consultant Haematologist, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital; 
Founder, Medical Director and Chairman, SolarisCare Foundation;
Clinical Professor of Medicine, UWA.

DR ANNA PETTERSON – BA MA PHD AHTR

Manager, Research and Education, SolarisCare Foundation;
Red Sky Ride Postdoctoral Research Fellow;
Adjunct Research Associate / Lecturer, Faculty of Computing, Health and Science, Edith Cowan University;
Medical Art Psychotherapist.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR ANNE WILLIAMS

Associate Professor for Clinical Research and Innovation and Coordinator for Research and Higher Degrees, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Edith Cowan University;
Research Consultant at the Centre of Nursing Research, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

MS PATRICIA WILLIAMS

Registered Nurse, Royal Perth Hospital 
Member of Board of Directors, Volunteer Therapist, SolarisCare Foundation

DR BONNIE FURZER

Exercise Physiologist and Coordinator, Health and Rehabilitation Clinic, University of WA;
PhD, School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health, UWA.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR KELLIE BENNETT

Head of Behavioural Science Unit, School Of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, University of WA

DR SUZIE BRANS

Clinical Psychologist and Research Coordinator, WA Psycho-Oncology Service

DR RUTH MCCONIGLEY
DR TONI MUSIELLO
DR LISA MILLER
MEETINGS

The Research Team meets monthly to share ideas, experiences and expertise to develop the research program. Others with particular skills are bought in from time to time to workshop suggestions for discussion/research topics that address our aims.

If you are interested in contributing to the group, please contact Dr Anna Petterson on 08 6383 3481 for further information.

PROJECT LINKS

Thriving - Life after cancer treatment intervention study