Flinders and CALHN strengthen focus on cancer research

Flinders University and Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) are delighted to welcome outstanding cancer researcher Professor Catherine Paterson to the position of Professor of Cancer Nursing.

Professor Paterson will play a key role in setting the strategic goals for rehabilitation research in consultation with the Caring Futures Institute, Flinders University and CALHN, to develop and expand the research program and reputation of both organisations at an international level.

As a joint position, Professor Paterson will be based at The Royal Adelaide Hospital and spend time at the Caring Futures Institute. She will lead and undertake strategic research aligned and integrated with the senior leadership teams of the CALHN Nursing Executive and the Caring Futures Institute.

Currently the Clinical Chair in Nursing, Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra & Canberra Health Services, Professor Paterson is a research thought-leader in all areas of cancer research, with particular focus on urology and uro-oncology.

Caring Futures Institute Deputy Director Professor Lucy Lewis says the strategic appointment of such a respected and high-calibre individual will support academic excellence and elevate the Caring Futures Institute and CALHN.

“Catherine’s expertise in research capacity and capability makes her an outstanding appointment for CALHN and the Caring Futures Institute,” says Professor Lewis.

“Catherine will generate a vibrant research ecosystem of clinical research excellence that acts as a ‘magnet’ for nursing and midwifery staff who want to develop their clinical research careers.”

Professor Paterson is looking forward to joining Flinders University and the CALHN team.

“I’ve been very impressed by the calibre of the Flinders University and CALHN clinical academics who demonstrate a strong commitment to transform health and care,” she says.

“I am thrilled about this opportunity to further leverage cancer innovation in nurse-led models of care safely embedded in the multidisciplinary team, and to also support and develop capacity and capability for future research development among our early to mid-career clinical academics in cancer care.”

Professor Paterson will begin her new position on Monday 4 September.


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