Professor Sandie McCarthy

Prof of Clinical Nurs Research

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Affiliate Professor

Mater Research Institute-UQ
Faculty of Medicine


Alexandra (who prefers to be called Sandie) is jointly-appointed as Professor of Clinical Nursing, University of Queensland and Mater Health Services. She has practised extensively in acute cancer care, including chemotherapy administration, in rural and metropolitan settings. Her PhD investigated sociocultural issues related to breast cancer and while she mostly now undertakes intervention research, she maintains an interest in the sociological as well as clinical aspects of cancer care. Sandie’s current funded research has two streams. The first stream focuses upon issues related to the long term outcomes of cancer treatments, using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The second stream concentrates on collaborative interventions to assess and manage the toxicities of acute cancer treatments.

Research Impacts

Sandie's research program focuses on the prevention, assessment and management of the short and long-term toxicities of cancer therapy, particularly chemotherapy. She has a particular interest in women's wellness during and after breast cancer therapy and is currently Co-Director of the Women's Wellness after Cancer Program based in the Menzies Institute of Health, Queensland. Her other research field interest is geriatric oncology. In both fields she investigates a range of multimodal interventions (diet, exercise, sleep and stress management) to enhance cancer patient outcomes.


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Book Chapter

  • McCarthy, Alexandra, Skinner, Tina, Fenech, Michael and Keating, Shelley (2016). Prevention of chronic conditions and cancer. In Bogda Koczwara (Ed.), Cancer and chronic conditions: addressing the problem of multimorbidity in cancer patients and survivors (pp. 203-239) Singapore: Springer Singapore. doi:10.1007/978-981-10-1844-2_7

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