The STEP Study (Status: Completed)

The STEP Study is an international service-mapping study that examined survivorship care provision for cancer survivors in the Asia-Pacific Region. This study involved 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific Region and comprised of two parts. Part 1 of the study examined health professionals’ perspectives of; (i) their responsibilities, confidence levels, and current practices in relation to post-treatment survivorship care for patients with cancer; and (ii) individual, organisational, and professional factors that influence the provision of survivorship care. Part 2 of the study assessed survivorship care needs, quality of life and symptom burden from the perspectives of cancer survivors. This study was completed in early 2017. The findings from this study can inform the design of survivorship services and future interventions in this region. For more information, please contact Professor Raymond Chan.


Part 1: Click here to access the paper published in BMC Cancer.

Part 2: Click here to access the paper published in Annals of Oncology.




QCCS Team Members

Prof Ray Chan

Prof Ray Chan

Nurse (QCCS Co-Chair)
QCCS Co-Chair and Professor of Nursing

Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Applied Science (Research) (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Nursing (Queensland University of Technology)

Dr Raymond Chan is Professor of Cancer Nursing, Princess Alexandra Hospital and Queensland University of Technology. He currently holds a NHMRC Health Professional Research Fellowship. He is currently the President for the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA), the peak professional body representing over 1,200 cancer nurses across Australia. To date, he has attracted over 6 million (AUD) of research project grants as a chief investigator (> $1 Million as CIA) to undertake research in supportive cancer care. Dr Chan is a chief investigator for 4 current NHMRC project grants and has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles. He is also the Associate Editor for Cancer Nursing: An International for Cancer Care (Ranking 8/108 in Nursing).

Recent funded project highlights include:

  • (2017-2020): A sequential multiple assignment randomised trial (SMART) of nursing interventions to reduce pain associated with chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy. NHMRC (CID)
  • (2016-2019): Peripherally InSerted Central catheter Securement: the PISCES Trial. NHMRC (CIC)
  • (2014-2017): Development and evaluation of a nurse-led, tailored self-management behavioural intervention for managing distressing symptoms in patients with advanced cancer (The SM2 Study). RBWH Foundation and NHMRC (CIA)
  • (2014-2015): Younger women’s wellness after cancer program.  RBWH Foundation (CID)
  • (2014): Central venous Access device SeCurement And Dressing Effectiveness in Cancer Care: The CASCADE Trial.  RBWH Foundation (CIA)
  • (2013-2016): Improving quality of life in high-risk cancer populations: a randomised trial of a structured intervention for head and neck cancer survivors. NHMRC (CIJ)
  • (2012-2013): A double-blind randomised controlled trial of Moogoo Udder Cream® versus aqueous cream for managing radiation-induced skin reactions in patients with cancer.  RBWH Foundation; Office of Health and Medical Research; Cancer Nurses Society of Australia; Moogoo Skincare
  • (2011-2014): The RSVP Trial:  Replacement of Intravascular device administration sets after Standard Versus Prolonged use. NHMRC and RBWH Foundation (CIG)
  • (2010): Self-management associated with fatigue in patients with advanced cancer. RBWH Foundation, Queensland Nursing Council, Royal College of Nursing Australia (CIA)

Recent QCCS Project


Research Keywords 

Cancer Care, Supportive Care, Cancer Nursing, Survivorship Care


Symptom Management, Quality of Life, Palliative Care, End-of-life Care


Evidence-based Practice, Cochrane Systematic Reviews






Prof Patsy Yates

Prof Patsy Yates


Head, School of Nursing at Queensland University of Technology and Director for Queensland Health’s statewide Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education (CPCRE)


Distinguished Professor Yates is jointly appointed as Head, School of Nursing at Queensland University of Technology and Director for Queensland Health’s statewide 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 has served as member of the Executive Committee of the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia and is currently President of Palliative Care Australia. She was a member of the Executive Committee for the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care from 2004-2012. Patsy has also been a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Queensland since 2008. She is regularly invited to provide expert advice to professional groups and government bodies, and has held ministerial appointments on a number of Boards and Committees for Federal and State Governments. Patsy has received awards in recognition of her research, teaching and service, including being awarded the Tom Reeve Oration Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cancer Care and Life Membership from the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia as well as the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia. In 2010, she was awarded a Citation from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.  Patsy is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and has recently been inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

Project Highlights

2015-2017:  The changing landscapes of survivorship:  A sociological study of life with cancer.  Australian Research Council Discovery Grant.

2014-2019:  Chronic Kidney Disease Centre for Research Excellence.  National Health and Medical Research Council.

2014-2015:  Younger Women’s Wellness after Cancer Program:  Pilot Study.  Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Research Foundation.

2014-2015:  Pre-post determination of effect of oncogeriatric assessment and intervention on chemotherapy outcomes in solid cancer patients aged 70 years and over.  PA Research Foundation.

2013-2018:  Centre for Research Excellence in End of Life Care.  National Health and Medical Research Council.

2013-2015:  The Women’s Wellness after Cancer Program:  a national multisite randomized clinical trial of an e-health enabled lifestyle modification intervention to improve the health and wellness of women after cancer treatment.  National Health and Medical Research Council.

2013-2015:  Finding My Way:  A randomized controlled trial evaluating an internet self-help program for cancer-related distress.  National Health and Medical Research Council.

2013-2015:  Improving quality of life in high-risk cancer populations:  a randomized trial of a structured intervention for head and neck cancer survivors.  National Health and Medical Research Council.

2012-2015:  Pathways to and through palliative care:  a sociological study of patient, carer and clinician experiences at the end-of-life. Australian Research Council.

Industry Research Activities

2013-2015:  National Advisory Service for Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning.  Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing.

2012-2014:  Evaluation of the role of the Prostate Specialist Nurse:  A National PCFA Pilot Project.  Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

2011-2014:  National Coordination and Management of the Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (Phase 4).  Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing.

2011-2014:  Palliative Care Curriculum for Undergraduates (PCC4U).  Australian Government,  Department of Health and Ageing.

Patsy Yates’s full profile, contact information and publications are available on:

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