Dr Cannas Kwok

MEd(HlthEd) PhD Sydney MPH UOW BHlthSc(Nurs) UWS


Cannas's research focus is on the survivorship of Chinese-Australian women suffering from breast cancer, and developing a culturally sensitive instrument to measure the beliefs, attitudes and knowledge of breast cancer and breast screening practices of Chinese-Australian women. This is an expansion of her doctoral research which focused on Chinese-Australian women and breast cancer prevention. Cannas is interested in contributing to ethnic health research, particularly in the field of breast cancer.

Areas of expertise

  • Cancer screening behaviours
  • Ethnic women's health
  • Qualitative research methods.

Current research projects

  • The breast cancer experience among Chinese-Australian women
  • The development and testing of a culturally sensitive instrument to examine breast cancer screening behaviours among Chinese-Australian women
  • Making a difference? Exploring the relationship between community nurses and Chinese cancer patients in Sydney
  • Community partnership program for cancer screening promotion for Chinese-Australian women
  • Understanding the beliefs, knowledge and attitudes of Chinese-Australian women towards cervical cancer and pap smear screening.

Recent publications

Kwok C, Fethney J, White K (2009). “Chinese Breast Cancer Screening Beliefs Questionnaire: development and psychometric testing with Chinese-Australian women” Journal of Advanced Nursing, 66(1), 191-200.

Kwok C, Fethney J, White K “Development and psychometric testing of the Breast Cancer Screening Beliefs Instrument (CBCSB) to measure the beliefs, attitudes and knowledge of breast cancer and breast screening practices of Chinese-Australian women” Journal of Advanced Nursing. In press.

Kwok C & Sullivan G (2007). “Health seeking behaviours among Chinese-Australian women: Implication for health promotion programs” Health: An interdisciplinary journal for the social study of health and illness, 11(3), 401–15.

Kwok C & Sullivan G (2007). The concepts of health and preventive health practices of Chinese-Australian women in relation to cancer screening. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 18(2), 118–26).

Kwok C (2006). Traditional Chinese health promotion and cancer screening practices among older Chinese women. The Australian Sociology Association TASA Conference Proceeding, Perth.

Kwok C, Sullivan G & Cant R (2006). The role of culture in breast health practices among Chinese-Australian women. Patient Education and Counselling, 64(1-3), 268-276.

Kwok C & Sullivan G (2006). Chinese-Australian women's beliefs about cancer: Implications for health promotion. Cancer Nursing, 29(5), E14–21.

Kwok C & Sullivan G (2006). The influence of traditional Chinese beliefs on cancer screening behaviours among Chinese-Australian women. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 54(6), 691–9.

Kwok C, Cant R & Sullivan G (2005). Factors associated with mammographic decisions of Chinese-Australian women. Health Education Research, 20(6), 739–47.

Media

In 2006, Cannas presented a radio program focusing on breast cancer, over a four-week period (live-to-air on 31 May and 7, 14 and 21 June). Her discussions included breast cancer prevention on 2CR Chinese Radio in a weekly half-hour program. In the same year Cannas also appeared on SBS radio's 'World View' on 26 July and spoke on the subject of breast cancer prevention and beliefs relating to breast cancer in the Chinese community.

Cannas became the subject of a Sydney Morning Herald newspaper article, 'Cultural battle over breast cancer: A doctor aims to transform Chinese beliefs', Health & Science Section, 20 July 2006.

Professional publications (editor-reviewed)

Kwok C (2008). “Lack of cancer support services” Australian Nursing Journal, 15(9), 20.

Kwok C (2008). Chinese breast health advocates campaign to save lives, Australian Nursing Journal, 15, pp16–7.

Kwok C (2007). “Ethnicity a factor in cancer screening behaviours” Nursing Review, August, 17.

Kwok C (2006). “Tune in for breast cancer awareness” Nursing Review, October, 7.

Kwok C (2006). “Nurses and the prevention of breast cancer among Chinese-Australian women” Nursing Review, April, 4.

Kwok C (2006). “Cultural awareness in breast cancer fight” Australian Nursing Journal, 13(8), 33.

Recent presentations

Kwok C & White K “Chinese-Australian women’s perception of their experience with breast cancer”
Paper presented to the 4th Pan-Pacific Nursing Conference and the 6th Hong Kong Nursing Symposium on Cancer Care, Hong Kong, November 2008

Kwok C & White K “The information needs and perceived social support and coping mechanism of Chinese-Australian women with breast cancer”
Paper presented to the 15th International Conference on Cancer Nursing, Singapore, August 2008

Kwok, C. & White K “The evolving experience of breast cancer for Chinese-Australian women”
Paper presented to the IPOS 10th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology, Madrid, June, 2008

Kwok C & White K “Understanding the experience of Chinese- Australian women with breast cancer: Implications for culturally sensitive cancer support services”
Paper presented to the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia 2008, Gold Coast, June 2008

Kwok C, White K, D’Abrew N & Koo FK “Developing and evaluating a culturally specific model for breast health education for Chinese-Australian women: Developing culturally specific community advocates”
Paper presented to the 9th Biennial Behavioural Research in Cancer Control Conference, Melbourne, April 2008

Kwok C “Development a culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate breast cancer education and promotion program in the Chinese-Australian community”
Paper presented to the 19th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion and Health Education, Vancouver, June 2007

Kwok C “Chinese-Australian women’s images and beliefs about breast cancer – implications for cancer prevention”
Paper presented to the 19th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion and Health Education, Vancouver, June 2007

Grants and awards

Research grants
2008

Cancer Institute Sponsorship Initiative Grant 2008 “Community partnership program for cancer screening promotion for Chinese-Australian women” $12,880.80 Cancer Institute NSW

2007

Cancer Institute Sponsorship Initiative Grant 2007 “Development and testing of a community model for breast health for Chinese-Australian women” Establishing community advocates and using cultural specific breast health education” $21,513.90 Cancer Institute NSW

2006

Cancer Institute NSW Fellowship, $192,000 project grant plus three years' fellowship funding

Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery Development Grant 2006 “Exploring the relationship between community nurses and Chinese cancer patients in Sydney” $50,000 Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sydney

Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery Seeding Grant 2006 “Development and testing a culturally specific Exploring the relationship between community nurses and Chinese cancer patients in Sydney” $50,000 Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sydney

Awards
2008

Faculty of Conference Funding – Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sydney

2007

Faculty of Conference Funding – Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sydney

Post Doctoral Fellowship – Susan G Komen For the Cure (declined)

2006

Nursing scholarship – Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sydney

Faculty of Conference Funding - Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sydney

Post Doctoral Fellowship – University of Sydney (declined)

Early Career Development Fellowship – NSW Cancer Institute

2005

Ewing Post Doctoral Fellowship – Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney (declined)

Thomas Robert Scholarship – Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney

Post Doctoral Fellowship – Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sydney

2003

Completion Scholarship – The NSW Nurses Registration Board

Areas of teaching

Cannas supervises students working in the area of cancer screening behaviour and ethnic women's health, as well as assisting students using qualitative methods.

Community work

Strong relationship with Chinese organisations

In 2009, in collaboration with Australian Chinese Community Association, Cannas recently finished a cancer screening promotion program for the Chinese community in Sydney