Our Team

Chief Investigators

Prof Debra Anderson is the Director of the Women’s Wellness Research Program

located at Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University. She has a PhD in Social and Preventive Medicine and over twenty-five years’ experience in education and research. Her research focuses on understanding the basis and effects of risk behaviours in women and the interventions to change them; focusing on wellness and healthy behaviours. Her research aims to promote healthy behaviour change in women with and without chronic disease, including midlife women and women cancer survivors, including physical activity, dietary intake, stress management, and smoking cessation; and to develop and test interventions that promote these behaviours.


Prof Alexandra McCarthy

Sandie has practiced extensively in acute cancer care, including chemotherapy administration, in rural and metropolitan settings. Her PhD investigated sociocultural issues related to breast cancer using discourse analysis and she has a passion for the sociological, as well as clinical, aspects of cancer care. Sandie’s current funded research involves issues related to the long term outcomes of cancer treatments, using both quantitative and qualitative methods; and collaborative interventions to assess and manage the toxicities of acute cancer treatments. Her current work has particular focus on the older cancer.


Prof Patsy Yates

Patsy is jointly appointed as Head of School at Queensland University of Technology and Director for Queensland Health’s state-wide Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education (CPCRE). She leads a range of research and service improvement programs focused on developing workforce capacity in cancer and palliative care, advancing the management of cancer related symptoms and treatment side effects, and strengthening the nexus between research, policy and practice in cancer care. Patsy was the inaugural Chair for the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia and is currently Chair of COSA’s Cancer Care.


Dr Raymond Chan

Raymond is a nurse researcher with a research interest in cancer survivorship care and management of distressing symptoms in patients with cancer. He is a NHMRC Health Professional Research Fellow, and he is currently the President Cancer Nurses Society of Australia, the peak professional body that represents over 1000 Australian cancer nurses

A/Prof Jane Turner

JJane is Associate Professor in the Discipline of Psychiatry at the University of Queensland where she is course coordinator for the teaching of Psychiatry to students in the medical programme. She has worked clinically in oncology for 20 years, and has had extensive involvement in the development of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, and health professional education and skills development. Her research interests are promotion of wellness after completion of cancer treatment, the impact of advanced cancer on patients and families, and development of sustainable models of psychosocial care.


A/Prof Dian Tjondronegoro

Dian established, and currently leads, the Mobile Innovation Lab (MILAB) in 2010. MILAB aims to shape the future of mobile and multimedia computing, with a strong focus on research and development, teaching, and industry collaborations around collaborative research projects, consulting, and professional education (CPE) courses. Dian has led the mobile research and development for three Cooperative Research Centres (CRC): CRC Smart Services (smart video optimisation for mobile and multi-channel delivery), CRC Rail Innovation (mobile technologies for delivering real-time transit information and mobile payment), and CRC Young and Well (mobile tools for promoting health in young people, including awareness, treatment and prevention). Dian has been instrumental in developing and enhancing the mobile technologies used in the YWWACP.


Dr Charrlotte Seib

Charrlotte has a PhD in Public Health and a background as a women’s health nurse and lecturer. In 2013, she commenced a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the Women’s Wellness after Cancer Program. Charrlotte’s research focuses on understanding the potential impact of life stressors on chronic disease risk and health-related quality of life in women.


Ms. Janine Porter-Steele

Janine undertook her training in the UK as an RN, midwife and health visitor. She completed a Bachelor of Nursing at QUT and Masters in Nursing Leadership at ACU. She is a Breast Care and Women's Health Nurse and the Manager of the Wesley Hospital Kim Walters Choices Program in Brisbane, which offers support and information to women, men, and their families who are affected by breast and gynaecological cancers. Her special interests are in menopause, sexuality, and depression after a diagnosis of cancer. She is currently undertaking PhD studies in the area of cancer and sexuality. Janine is also employed as a research officer at QUT School of Nursing on the Women’s Wellness after Cancer Program.

Associate Investigators

Dr Jeffrey Goh – MBBS, FRACP

Dr Goh is a staff specialist in medical oncology at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH). Dr Goh has expertise in gynaecology, genitourinary, and central nervous system oncology.

Dr Po-Ling Inglis – MBBS, BSc (Molecular Biology), FRACP

Dr Inglis is a staff specialist in medical oncology at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH). Dr Inglis has expertise in breast, lung, and central nervous system oncology.

Project Team

Dr Amanda McGuire

Amanda is a nurse researcher with an interest in exercise and chronic disease prevention in women. She is a postdoctoral research fellow and Program Manager of the Women’s Wellness Research Program at QUT/IHBI.


Dr Wei Song

Wei is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). She is involved in the Women’s Wellness after Cancer Program (WWACP); contributing to eHealth and HCI related research and IT technical support. She obtained her PhD from the Science and Engineering Faculty at QUT in 2012 with the expertise of user-centred study, Quality of Experience modelling and mobile technology.


Ms Sarah Balaam

Sarah is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who is currently completing her PhD candidature at the Queensland University of Technology. Sarah’s research focuses on the benefits of particular nutritional factors which enhance the nutritional wellness of cancer survivors.

Ms Mingshuang (Monica) Ding

Mingshuang Ding is currently undertaking a QUT funded scholarship for her PhD on investigating the psychosocial wellbeing younger women who are survivors of breast and / or gynaecological cancer. She is also working as a Nurse Researcher with the QEII Hospital’s Emergency department to assist with the articulation of patient symptoms and needs to medical staff and vice versa. Mingshuang is a registered midwife who has completed a Bachelor of Midwifery (2009) and a Masters of midwifery in research methodology (2011).

Ms Kate Raison

Kate is a Registered Nurse and Research Master’s Degree student working on the project. Kate has assisted with adaptation of the Program materials for younger women after cancer.

Ms Nicole McDonald

Nicole is a Research Assistant working on the WWACP. Nicole has a background in exercise science and is currently undertaking her Master’s in Public Health, majoring in Health Promotion at the Queensland University of Technology.

Ms Jennifer Mann

Jennifer is a Clinical Nurse at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and is working as a Research Nurse on the project.

Ms Melissa Arneil

Melissa is an acting clinical nurse in cancer services at the Princess Alexandra Hospital who is working as a consultation nurse on the project. Melissa completed her bachelor of nursing at Griffith University and her post graduate certificate in cancer nursing at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Melissa is currently undertaking her Research Master’s degree at QUT linked to the project.

Mr Junhui Piao

Junhui is an honour research student at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He worked as a front end developer for the Women's Wellness after Cancer Program and the Younger Women's Wellness after Cancer Program websites. His honour research topic focus on measuring the health benefit based on the data from wearable devices and mobile phones.