Professor Jane Turner

Professor

Royal Brisbane Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine
jane.turner@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 55141

Overview

I have worked for over 20 years in the field of Psycho-Oncology as a psychiatrist providing treatment for patients with cancer and their families, and developing a program of research focused on interventions in areas of clinical need, and translational research examining sustainable models of service delivery.

Psycho-Oncology encompasses attention to the psychological, emotional and social needs of people with cancer and their families or carers. It encompasses attention to spiritual and cultural concerns, across all phases of the cancer experience from diagnosis, through treatment, survivorship or advanced diseases. It is a relatively new discipline. The International Psycho-Oncology Society was established in 1984. As such, much of the research in this field has been descriptive and it is only in recent years that robust trials of interventions have become more common. involves attention to the psychological, emotional and social needs of people with cancer and their family or carers. ath.

My research in Psycho-Oncology relates to three core themes which draw on both my clinical and educational expertise:

1. Promotion of wellness following completion of active cancer treatment:

Current RCTs are:

  1. Improving quality of life in high-risk cancer populations: a randomised trial of a structured intervention for head and neck cancer survivors (Turner, Yates, Kenny, Gordon, Burmeister, Thomson, Hughes, McCarthy, Perry, Chan)
  2. The women’s wellness after cancer program: a national multisite RCT of an E-Health enabled lifestyle modification intervention to improve the health and wellness of women after cancer treatment (Anderson, McCarthy, Yates, Turner, Monterosso, Krishnasamy, White, Hall, Tjondronegoro)
  3. Evaluation of a psychological and educational intervention for fear of cancer recurrence: A clustered randomised controlled trial (Butow, Thewes, Turner, Gilchrist, Beith, Girgis, Sharpe, Bell, Mihalopoulos).
  4. Coping Together: A randomised controlled trial of a self-directed coping skills intervention for patients with cancer and their partners (Girgis, Lambert, Turner, McElduff, Kayser, Mihalopoulos).
  5. Finding My Way: A randomised controlled trial evaluating an internet self-help program for cancer-related distress (Beatty, Koczwara, Wade, Turner, Butow, Knott, Lambert, Milne, Wootten, De Bono, Katris)

Completed studies include: i) a pilot study of an exercise intervention for women after completion of chemotherapy for breast cancer (Turner, Hayes, Reul-Hirche); ii) RCT of exercise in women with Lymphoedema secondary to treatment for breast cancer (Hayes, Reul-Hirche, Turner), iii) RCT examining promotion of wellness through cancer helplines (Chambers, Occhipinti, Turner, Carter, Dunn).

2. The emotional dimensions of cancer for patients and dependent children:

Initial work exploring the emotional impact of the diagnosis of advanced breast cancer (Turner, Kelly, Swanson, Allison, Wetzig) identified key areas of unmet need relating to concerns of parents and their response to their children.

This provided the impetus for a pilot study in which an educational intervention was developed to enhance the capacity of oncology nurses to provide supportive care for parents with advanced cancer (Turner, Clavarino, Butow, Yates, Hargraves, O’Connor, Hausmann).

Collaborations in the area of advanced cancer include a multi-centre randomised trial of an antidepressant for patients with advanced cancer (Stockler, O’Connoll, Nowack, Goldstein, Turner, Wilcken, Wyld, Abdi, Glasgow, Beale). This was the largest study of its kind ever conducted world-wide.

Another study explored the acceptability and effectiveness of a structured supervision experience for General Practitioners caring for terminally ill patients (Varghese, Kelly, Burnett, Kelly, Robertson, Mitchell, Turner, Treston).

3. Scholarship of research and translational research:

A major theme has been scholarship in research and collation of evidence into Clinical Practice Guidelines and implementation of these to guide health professionals in provision of optimal clinical care.

I have chaired working groups developing the following NHMRC-endorsed Clinical Practice Guidelines:

  • Clinical Guidance for Responding to Suffering in Adults with Cancer (http://guidelines.canceraustralia.gov.au/guidelines/suffering/ch01.php)
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Psychosocial Care of Adults with Cancer
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Care of Younger Women with Breast Cancer
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Psychosocial Care of Women with Breast Cancer
  • In addition I have been an active member of working groups which developed other NHMRC-endorsed guidelines: Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Women with Early Breast Cancer, Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Women with Advanced Breast Cancer, and consumer versions of these.

Chair of a working group convened by Cancer Australia to develop national Psychosocial Indicators as part of a National Cancer Control Indicators framework.

Recently-completed RCT:

PROMPT study, a multi-site randomised controlled trial (Turner, Kelly, Clarke, Yates, Aranda, Jolley) aiming to demonstrate the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions delivered by novel service providers who have undergone focused training and receive ongoing supervision. The study demonstrated that a brief intervention was insufficient to improve depression in cancer patients. Patients with advanced disease experienced improvement in several practical areas of need.

Research Interests

  • Promotion of wellness in cancer survivors
    Current RCT of a nurse-delivered survivorship intervention for patients who have completed treatment for head and neck cancer, based on promotion of self-efficacy and using models of chronic disease self-management
  • Fear of cancer recurrence
    RCT of a manual-based therapy for patients with clinically significant fear of cancer recurrence. Recruitment has ceased and data is being analysed
  • Building psychosocial capacity in oncology
    The PROMPT study was an RCT of a health-professional delivered brief intervention for depressed cancer patients. The study demonstrated that a brief intervention was insufficient to improve depression. Patients with advanced disease experienced improvements in several practical domains
  • Enhancing confidence and skills of oncology nurses to provide information and support for parents with advanced cancer
    Development and evaluation of a structured educational initiative for onocology nurses. Nurses demonstrated increased knowledge and skills post-training.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • FRANZCP, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
  • MBBS, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Purcell, Amanda and Turner, Jane (2014). Associated morbidities affecting quality of life in patients treated with head and neck cancer. In Elizabeth C. Ward and Corina J. van as Brooks (Ed.), Head and Neck Cancer: Treatment Rehabilitation and Outcomes 2nd ed. (pp. 507-524) San Diego, CA, USA: Plural Publishing.

  • Turner, Jane, Hodgkinson, Katharine and Boyes, Allison (2010). Cancer and the psycho-oncologist: Psychosocial well-being of cancer survivors. In Monica Robotin, Ian Olver and Afaf Girgis (Ed.), When cancer crosses disciplines: A physician's handbook (pp. 1005-1021) London, U.K.: Imperial College Press.

  • Turner, Jane (2010). Responding to emotions. In Michele Groves and Jennifer Fitzgerald (Ed.), Communication skills in medicine: Promoting patient-centred care (pp. 20-32) Melbourne: IP Communications.

  • Turner, Jane (2010). Working as a multidisciplinary team. In David W. Kissane, Barry D. Bultz, Phyllis M. Butow and Ilora G. Finlay (Ed.), Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care (pp. 245-257) Oxford, U.K.; New York, U.S.A.: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238361.003.0021

  • Turner, M. J. (2008). Assessing concerns. In Katharine Hodgkinson and Jemma Gilchrist (Ed.), Psychosocial care of cancer patients : a health professional's guide to what to say and do (pp. 53-65) Ascot Vale, Vic.: Ausmed Publications.

  • Turner, J. (2008). Assessing concerns (in patients with a cancer diagnosis). In Katharine Hodgkinson and Jemma Gilchrist (Ed.), Psychosocial care of cancer patients : a health professional's guide to what to say and do (pp. x-x) Ascot Vale, Victoria: Ausmed publications.

  • Turner, Jane and Kelly, Brian (2000). The concept of debriefing and its application to staff dealing with life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, AIDS and other conditions. In Beverley Raphael and John P. Wilson (Ed.), Psychological debriefing: Theory, practice and evidence (pp. 254-271) Cambridge, United Kingdom: University of Cambridge.

  • Turner, J., Meldrum, L. and Raphael, B. (1995). Preventive aspects of occupational mental health. In Beverley Raphael and Graham D Burrows (Ed.), Handbook of studies on preventive psychiatry (pp. xx-xx) Amsterdam, The Netherlands; New York, USA: Elsevier.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Chambers, Suzanne K., Girgis, Afaf, Occhipinti, Stefano, Hutchison, Sandy, Turner, Jane, McDowell, Michelle, Mihalopoulos, Catherine, Carter, Rob and Dunn, Jeff (2014). A Randomized Controlled Trial of Psychological Intervention for High Distress Cancer Patients and Carers. In: Abstracts of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society 11th Annual Conference. 11th Annual Conference of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, Tampa, Fl United States, (47-48). 13-15 February 2014. doi:10.1002/pon.3478

  • Turner, Jane, Kelly, Brian and Girgis, Afaf (2014). Burnout and the individual. In: Special Issue: Abstracts of the IPOS 16th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology and Psychosocial Academy. IPOS 2014: 16th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology and Psychosocial Academy, Lisbon, Portugal, (19-20). 20-24 October, 2014. doi:10.1111/j.1099-1611.2014.3693

  • Sutherland, Robert, O'Callaghan, Vivienne, Henderson, Suzanna, Nelson, Anne, Turner, Jane and Zorbas, Helen (2014). Clinical Practice Guidance for Responding to Suffering in Adults With Cancer. In: Abstracts of the IPOS 16th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology and Psychosocial Academy. 16th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology and Psychosocial Academy, Lisbon, Portugal, (92-93). 20-24 October 2014. doi:10.1111/j.1099-1611.2014.3694

  • Dilworth, Sophie, Higgins, Isabel, Parker, Vicki, Kelly, Brian and Turner, Jane (2014). Exploring the Situational Complexities associated with Practice Change in the Delivery of a Psychosocial Intervention. In: Abstracts of the IPOS 16th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology and Psychosocial Academy. 16th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology and Psychosocial Academy, Lisbon, Portugal, (68-68). 20-24 October 2014. doi:10.1111/j.1099-1611.2014.3694

  • Dilworth, S., Higgins, I., Parker, V., Kelly, B. and Turner, J. (2014). Exploring the situational complexities associated with practice change in the delivery of a psychosocial intervention. In: International Psycho-Oncology Society World Congress, Lisbon, Portugal, (). 20-24 October 2014.

  • Beatty, Lisa, Kemp, Emma, Wade, Tracey, Katris, Paul, Turner, Jane, Yates, Patsy, Yip, Desmond, Wootten, Addie, Lambert, Sylvie, Butow, Phyllis and Koczwara, Bogda (2014). Finding My Way: Preliminary Findings From a Rct Evaluating An Internet Self-Help Program for Cancer-Related Distress. In: Special Issue: COSA's 41st Annual Scientific Meeting. Joining Forces - Accelerating Progress. COSA's 41st Annual Scientific Meeting. Joining Forces - Accelerating Progress, Melbourne, VIC Australia, (103-103). 2-4 December 2014. doi:10.1111/ajco.12304

  • Dilworth, Sophie, Higgins, Isabel, Parker, Vicki, Kelly, Brian and Turner, Jane (2014). Implementing a psychosocial intervention in cancer care: an examination of the change process through a discourse analysis of clinical supervision. In: Special Issue: Abstracts of the IPOS 16th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology and Psychosocial Academy. IPOS 2014: 16th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology and Psychosocial Academy, Lisbon, Portugal, (87-88). 20-24 October, 2014. doi:10.1111/j.1099-1611.2014.3694

  • Turner, Jane (2014). Psychosocial Guidelines - The Australian Experience. In: Psycho-Oncology. IPOS 2014: 16th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology and Psychosocial Academy, Lisbon, Portugal, (1-2). 20-24 October 2014. doi:10.1111/j.1099-1611.2014.3691

  • Turner, Jane, Butow, Phyllis, Thewes, Belinda, Gilchrist, Jemma, Beith, Jane, Girgis, Afaf, Sharpe, Louise, Bell, Melanie, Mihalopoulos, Cathy, Shih, Sophy, Smith, Allan and Fardell, Joanna (2014). They Say the Odds Are Good, But I Can'T Stop Thinking About It: Responding to Fear of Cancer Recurrence. In: Special Issue: COSA's 41st Annual Scientific Meeting. Joining Forces - Accelerating Progress. 41st Annual Scientific Meeting. Joining Forces - Accelerating Progress, Melbourne, VIC Australia, (90-90). 2-4 December 2014. doi:10.1111/ajco.12304

  • Lambert, Sylvie, Regan, Tim, Kelly, Brian, McELduff, Patrick, Girgis, Afaf, Kayser, Karen and Turner, Jane (2014). Using the interdependence model to understand the role of dyadic coping among couples facing prostate cancer. In: Abstract Booklet: The Heart of the Matter. Connecting Knowledge, Creativity & Compassion: CAPO 2014. CAPO 2014: Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology 29th Annual Meeting, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, (18-19). 30 April-2 May, 2014.

  • Levesque, Janelle V., Lambert, Sylvie D., Girgis, Afaf, Turner, Jane, McElduff, Patrick, Kayser, Karen, Vallentine, Paula, Chong, Peter, Sutherland, Peter and Wells, Ricahrd (2013). Do Men with Prostate Cancer and Their Partners Receive the Information and Support They Need for Optimal Illness Self-Management?. In: Special Issue: COSA's 40th Annual Scientific Meeting. Cancer Care Coming of Age. COSA's 40th Annual Scientific Meeting. Cancer Care Coming of Age, Adelaide, SA Australia Conference Conference, (104-104). 12 - 14 November 2013. doi:10.1111/ajco.12145

  • Turner, Jane, Kelly, Brian, Clarke, David, Yates, Patsy, Aranda, Sanchia, Chambers, Suzanne and Hargraves, Maryanne (2013). Training Front-Line Health Professionals: An Innovative Approach to Building Psychosocial Capacity in Routine Clinical Care. In: Special Issue: Abstracts of the IPOS 15th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology. 15th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology (IPOS ), Rotterdam, The Netherlands, (57-58). 4 - 8 November 2013. doi:10.1111/j.1099-1611.2013.3393

  • Sinclair, Sue, Webster, Fleur, Morris, Trenna, Turner, Jane, Butow, Phyllis and Zorbas, Helen (2012). Clinical practice guidelines for the psychosocial care of adults with cancer: updating and priorities for Australian health professionals. In: Abstracts of the Joint Meeting of the COSA 39th Annual Scientific Meeting and IPOS 14th World Congress of Psycho–Oncology. The Joint Meeting of the COSA 39th Annual Scientific Meeting and IPOS 14th World Congress of Psycho–Oncology, Brisbane Australia, (265-265). 13-15 November 2012. doi:10.1111/ajco.12030

  • Lawsin, Catalina, Butow, Phyllis, McMillan, Kirsty, Turner, Jane, Yates, Patsy, White, Kate, Lambert, Sylvie, Stephens, Moira, Krishnasamy, Mei, Care, Ornella and Nelson, Anne (2012). Implementation of the clinical practice guidelines for psychosocial care of adults amongst cancer nurses. In: 2012 Annual Meeting Supplement. 33rd Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of The Society Of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA, United States, (S94-S94). 11-14 April 2012. doi:10.1007/s12160-012-9354-9

  • Lawsin, Catalina, McMillan, Kirsty, Butow, Phyllis, Turner, Jane, Yates, Patsy, Lambert, Sylvie, White, Kate, Nelson, Anne and Stephens, Moira (2012). Role clarification: an examination of cancer nurses' attitudes towards providing psychosocial support and training needs. In: Special Issue: Abstracts of the Joint Meeting of the COSA 39th Annual Scientific Meeting and IPOS 14th World Congress of Psycho–Oncology. COSA IPOS Psycho-Oncology 2012: Joint Meeting of IPOS 14th World Congress and COSA's 39th Annual Scientific Meeting, South Bank, QLD, Australia, (181-182). 13-15 November, 2012. doi:10.1111/ajco.12029

  • Gold, J, Varghese, F, Somerville, J, Turner, J and Powell, J (2007). Supervision in clinical practice. In: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry: Abstracts from the 42nd RANZCP Congress 2007. The 42nd RANZCP Congress 2007, Gold Coast, Australia, (A26-A26). 29 April - 3 May, 2007. doi:10.1080/14401614070410s137

  • Turner, J., Evans, A., Luxford, K., Zorbas, H. and Care, O. (2006). A national approach to the implementation of psychosocial care for adults with cancer. In: Abstracts of the 8th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology. 8th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology, Venice, Italy, (S1-S478). 16 - 21 October, 2006. doi:10.1002/pon.1092

  • Fletcher J., Turner, J., McAvoy, B. and Luxford, K. (2006). Anxiety and cancer: Using the Clinical Practice Guidelines for the psychosocial care of adults with cancer. In: Mary Katsikitis, The 40th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society. The 40th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, Melbourne , Australia, (S205-S205). 28 September - 2 October, 2005. doi:10.1080/00049530600940010

  • Friedsam, J., Sundquist, K., O'Reilly, A., Robinson, E. and Turner, J. (2006). Communicating with children about cancer. In: Abstracts of the 8th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology. The 8th World Congress of Psycho-oncology, Venice, Italy, (S88-S89). 16-21 October 2006. doi:10.1002/pon.1092

  • Fletcher, J., Turner, J., McAvoy, B., Luxford, K. and Clinical practice guidelines for the psychosocial care of adults with cancer Implementation Steering Group (2006). The development and implementation of the Australian clinical practice guidelines for the psychosocial care of adults with cancer. In: Psychology & Health. 20th Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society, Warsaw, Poland, (173-174). 30 August-2 September 2006.

  • Turner, J, Fletcher, J, McAvoy, B and Luxford, K (2004). Depression and cancer: Using the clinical practice guidelines for the psychosocial care of adults with cancer. In: Australian Journal of Psychology. , , (230-230). .

  • Rankin, N. M., Campbell, D. M., Turner, M. J., Zorbas, H. and Luxford, K. (2004). Improving the psychosocial and clinical care of younger women diagnosed with breast cancer: The need for evidence-based clinical practgice guidelines. In: Abstracts of the 7th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology. 7th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology, Copenhagan, Denmark, (S84-S84). 25-28 August 2004.

  • Parker, M., Turner, J., Heilbronn, J., Bore, P. and Donald, K. (2004). Judging professionalism: Maintaining momentum in the assessment of medical students' attitudes and behaviour. In: S. Kirubakaran, Maintaining momentum: Anticipating, innovating, facilitating, participating, evaluating, .... Conference proceedings ANZAME Conference, Adelaide, (115-115). 24-27 Jun, 2004.

  • Rankin, N. and Turner, J. (2003). Evidence-based psychosocial clinical practice guidelines: Expanding the knowledge base for oncology health professionals. In: Abstracts of the 6th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology. World Congress of Psycho-Oncology (6th, CAPO, 2003), Banff, AB, Canada, (S258-S259). 23-27 April 2003.

  • Varghese, F, Leigh, R, Turner, J, Vamos, M and Kelly, B (2000). Psychiatric issues surrounding assisted suicide & euthanasia among terminally ill patients. In: Psycho-Oncology. , , (S26-S26). .

  • Turner, J. (2000). Assisting staff working with patient with cancer, HIV and other life-threatening illnesses. In: Abstracts of the 5th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology. 5th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology, Melbourne, Australia, (S27-S27). 3 - 7 September, 2000.

  • Varghese, F. T., Leigh, R., Turner, M. J., Vamos, M., Kelly, B. J. and Cook, D. (2000). Psychiatric issues surrounding assisted suicide & euthanasia among terminally ill patients. In: J C Holland MD and Maggie Watson PhD, Psychooncology; Proceedings 5th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology. 5th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology, Melbourne, Australia, (S26). 3-7 September, 2000.

  • Turner, J., Butrow, P., Kissane, D. and White, K. (2000). Psychosocial guidelines for care of early breast cancer. In: Abstracts of the 5th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology. 5th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology, Melbourne, Australia, (S1-S1). 3 - 7 September 2000.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor