Nursing duo receive Churchill Fellowships

15 July 2011

Professor Kate White.
Professor Kate White.

Two Sydney Nursing School academics have been awarded 2011 Churchill Fellowships enabling them to develop their nursing expertise at overseas locations.

Awarded to Australia's 'best and brightest', Churchill fellows are selected for their innovation and excellence in their chosen field.

Professor Kate White, appointed as NSW's first Academic Chair in Cancer Nursing, will travel to the United Kingdom to examine the role of nurse-led clinics focussed on intervention strategies for sexual dysfunction in cancer patients.

As Professor in Cancer Nursing, Kate White leads the Cancer Nursing Research Unit, a collaboration between Sydney Nursing School at the University of Sydney, the Cancer Institute of New South Wales and the Sydney Cancer Centre, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Championing cancer nursing as a field of cancer research and practice the Unit combines Sydney Nursing School's strength in cancer and palliative care research and the Sydney Cancer Centre's excellence in clinical cancer care to develop and support cancer nursing clinicians across NSW.

Under Professor White's leadership the Cancer Nursing Research Unit provides support in areas of cancer nursing research, education, models of service provision and is working to optimise state-wide cancer nursing services.

Associate Professor Kim Foster.
Associate Professor Kim Foster.

Associate Professor Kim Foster received her Churchill fellowship to investigate programs for building resilience in children and families where parents have a mental illness. She will travel to Canada, the US and the Netherlands to explore the work of internationally renowned practitioners and researchers in resilience interventions. She aims to use the findings from her study to contribute to support programs for these children and families in Australia, and to build international collaborative research links in this area.

Associate Professor Foster leads the mental health education and research programs in the School. The team's research addresses key areas of national mental health policy, and includes prevention and early intervention with at-risk groups including children and young people with mental illness, and developing the capacity of the health workforce through emotional intelligence strategies.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established after the death of Sir Winston Churchill and gives recipients the opportunity to travel overseas to further their passion before returning to Australia to implement their findings and share them with others.

Paul Tys, Chief Executive Officer of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust said, "This year's Churchill Fellows, like their predecessors, are dedicated and inspiring Australians who will make a difference to our country over the coming decades. I congratulate them and look forward to supporting them on their immediate journey and future endeavours."

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