Associate Clinical Professor wins prestigious NICS Fellowship

Improving the quality of life for women with gynaecological cancers is the goal of Dr Mary Ryan, who has just received a NICS-CA NCGC Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and funding partner, Cancer Australia's (CA) National Centre for Gynaecological Cancers (NCGC).

Dr Mary Ryan

Dr Ryan, an Associate Clinical Professor at the Sydney Nursing School is a clinical nurse consultant at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney. She will use her NICSCA NCGC Fellowship to undertake a two-year implementation project to make formal assessment of nutrition and physical condition routine for women with gynaecological cancers.
Dr Ryan explains:

"Weight loss and loss of physical condition are known consequences of gynaecological cancers which can delay treatment delivery and recovery, but assessment of these conditions is not routinely undertaken. If health care providers and women with these cancers can proactively manage nutrition and physical condition, there is good evidence that they will require less time in hospital following surgery and have less wound infections."

NHMRC Chief Executive Officer, Professor Warwick Anderson has welcomed this opportunity. "We congratulate Dr Ryan on her NICS-CA NCGC Fellowship. Her project clearly demonstrates how the use of evidence in practice can have a significant impact on the quality of life for women with gynaecological cancers."

Dr Ryan will join five other health professionals from Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales as 2009 NICS Fellows.