Professor Sanchia Aranda

Honorary Professor
RN, PhD


Professor Sanchia Aranda is Director of Cancer Services and Information at the NSW Cancer Institute. In this role she is responsible for the NSW Cancer Registries, Information and Reporting and Cancer System Performance. The aim of the role is to convert cancer data into meaningful information that can support improvements in outcomes for people affected by cancer in NSW. Sanchia holds academic appointments within the School of Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Sydney Nursing School at the University of Sydney, and at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

With over 30 years experience in cancer nursing as a clinician, researcher and educator, Sanchia's research focuses on the development of innovative supportive care interventions to improve support outcomes for people with cancer. She has conducted several randomised controlled trials of novel nursing and supportive care interventions which have been implemented successfully in clinical settings. She has received in excess of $6.5 million in competitive research funding and a further $6.5 million in development funding. Along with Professor Patsy Yates, she undertook a $3.5 million government-funded project to develop a framework for cancer nursing education and the production of readily accessible learning materials.

Sanchia is the Immediate Past President of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (2006–2010). She is on the Advisory Council for Cancer Australia, Chair of the National Centre for Gynaecological Cancers, a board member of International Union Against Cancer (UICC) and was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2009.