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

Overview

Alexandra 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 mixed 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. She investigates a range of multimodal interventions (diet, exercise, sleep and stress management) to enhance cancer patient outcomes, which have translated successfully to standard practice.

Publications

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Available Projects

  • A randomised controlled trial examining the feasibility and potential efficacy of a 12-week lifestyle intervention on quality of life (primary outcome), sleep quality, diet, physical activity, stress and menopausal symptoms in women previously treated for breast cancer. The feasibility phase, which is currently underway, is a trans-Tasman study comprising 60 participants from Australia and 60 from Aotearoa/New Zealand. A follow-on, larger scale study testing the effectiveness of the intervention in clinical practice in 200 women is likely to immediately follow feasibility testing.

    This project would suit an MPhil or a PhD from any clinical discipline - it is not suitable for candidates from a lab-based discipline. The research team will assist high quality applicants with their RTP application.

  • We seek a PhD student from a relevant clinical (not lab-based) discipline e.g. psychology, exercise science, nursing, medicine, preferably with experience in cancer care, to work on this MRFF-funded study looking at quality of life and its relationship with supervised exercise after cancer treatment.

    This project would suit an MPhil or a PhD from any clinical discipline - it is not suitable for candidates from a lab-based discipline. The research team will assist high quality applicants with their RTP application.

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

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

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • A randomised controlled trial examining the feasibility and potential efficacy of a 12-week lifestyle intervention on quality of life (primary outcome), sleep quality, diet, physical activity, stress and menopausal symptoms in women previously treated for breast cancer. The feasibility phase, which is currently underway, is a trans-Tasman study comprising 60 participants from Australia and 60 from Aotearoa/New Zealand. A follow-on, larger scale study testing the effectiveness of the intervention in clinical practice in 200 women is likely to immediately follow feasibility testing.

    This project would suit an MPhil or a PhD from any clinical discipline - it is not suitable for candidates from a lab-based discipline. The research team will assist high quality applicants with their RTP application.

  • We seek a PhD student from a relevant clinical (not lab-based) discipline e.g. psychology, exercise science, nursing, medicine, preferably with experience in cancer care, to work on this MRFF-funded study looking at quality of life and its relationship with supervised exercise after cancer treatment.

    This project would suit an MPhil or a PhD from any clinical discipline - it is not suitable for candidates from a lab-based discipline. The research team will assist high quality applicants with their RTP application.