International award for QUT Head of Nursing

Credit: Ray Chan, QUT

QUT's Professor Patsy Yates has become the first researcher from outside of North America to receive the prestigious Distinguished Researcher award from the international Oncology Nursing Society (ONS).

Professor Yates, who is director of Queensland's Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education, is highly regarded for her leadership in improving the quality of life for people who have cancer, and forging strong links between research, policy and practice.

Presented in Washington DC, USA, on the weekend, the award recognises the contributions of a member who has conducted or promoted research that has enhanced the science and practice of oncology nursing.

It was awarded at the ONS Annual Congress where Professor Yates, who is also Head, School of Nursing at QUT, presented the results of her research which has focused on improving management of common problems experienced by cancer patients, such as difficulty breathing, nausea, and emotional distress.

Professor Yates said she was honoured to receive the award from ONS.

"To be the first person outside of North America to receive a Distinguished Researcher award from ONS is a highlight of my career," Professor Yates said.

"It is validation of the importance of our work at QUT, and the value of nursing interventions to ensure the best outcomes for people with cancer. It is exciting to be able to say that we do research which addresses issues that people with cancer themselves say are important to them and that our findings help patients to cope with the disease and its treatments."

In addition to her research contributions, Professor Yates has a distinguished record of service to the community and professional groups. She is the immediate past President of Palliative Care Australia and will take up a four year term as President of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care from July 1st this year.

She has previously received awards including 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.

A fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Professor Yates was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in 2017.


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