PoCoG ADMINISTERED Studies - CONCEPTS Developed 2020-21


PoCoG-2016-106: Defining symptoms and impacts of adjustment disorder in the context of cancer: a case series exploration.


Aim: Defining symptoms and impacts of adjustment disorder in the context of cancer: a case series exploration.


Team: Haryana Dhillon, Joanne Shaw, Lisa Beatty, Maree Grier, Kim Hobbs, Lisa Lampe, Danette Langbecker, Laura Kirsten, Claudia Rutherford


PoCoG-2019-202: Implementing patient reported outcomes, patient preferences and priorities to support improved symptom management and collaborative decision-making.


Aims: The aims of this study are:

1. To integrate PROMs into clinical care to support clinicians and patients to make supportive care decisions that are in line with patients' values and preferences

2. To develop a decision support tool for patients to assist them in identifying and prioritising multiple symptoms, and

3. To evaluate the efficacy of using PROMs and a decision support tool in improving clinical care.


Team: Mona Faris, Heather Shepherd, Joanne Shaw, Phyllis Butow


PoCoG-2019-30: Conquer Fear in ovarian cancer


Aim: To determine the suitability of the Conquer Fear intervention to address fear of cancer recurrence or progression in women with ovarian cancer and their partners.


Team: Haryana Dhillon, Joanne Shaw, Louise Sharpe, Phyllis Butow


PoCoG -2021-901: Development of telehealth psycho-oncology consensus recommendations


Aims: The COVID-19 pandemic triggered rapid implementation of telephone and videoconference telehealth across Australia. PoCoG investigated the barriers and enablers to wider implementation post pandemic. Psychologists working in oncology face unique challenges such as working with patients experiencing existential issues, and report inadequate training in conducting telehealth psychology. This research aimed to address the paucity of evidence available to guide adaption of therapy to telehealth through the development of evidence-based consensus recommendations for psycho-oncology.


Team: Claire Cooper Lisa Beatty, Laura Kirsten, Brian Kelly, Jane Turner, Louise Sharpe, Maree Grier, Kim Hobbs, Nienke Zomerdijk, Jemma Gilchrist, Haryana Dhillon, Helen Haydon, Nicci Bartley, Joanne Shaw


PoCoG-2021-801 Ramsay ADAPT: Implementation and pilot evaluation of sustainable and supported clinical pathway for managing anxiety and depression in cancer patients.


Aim: To evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of implementing the ADAPT Clinical Pathway (ADAPT CP) into routine care in a private cancer service in Australia.


To identify health professional, patient, community, and systems factors which enable or hinder adoption of this model in routine care in the private hospital sector.


 Team: Joanne Shaw, Sue Sinclair, Nicola Ware, David McGrath, Heather Shepherd, Lisa Beatty, Laura Kirsten, Jane Turner, Brian Kelly, Melea Charles-Walker


PoCoG-2021-802: Development and evaluation of a cancer-specific cognitive behavioural therapy training program for community-based psychologists - pre-post design through Ramsay Psychology.


Aim: To determine the effectiveness of training community-based psychologists to deliver treatment for anxiety and depression in cancer patients. To evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of engaging with community-based psychologists in shared care for the management of anxiety and depression in cancer patients


Team: Joanne Shaw, Sue Sinclair, Nicola Ware, David McGrath, Heather Shepherd, Lisa Beatty, Laura Kirsten, Jane Turner, Brian Kelly, Melea Charles-Walker


PoCoG-2021-05: Optimising equitable access to cancer research participation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: Development of culturally-responsive resources to guide informed decision-making


Aim: To optimise equitable access to cancer research participation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through development of culturally-responsive resources to guide informed decision-making.


Team: Bena Brown, Joanne Shaw, Gail Garvey, Joan Cunningham, Bronwyn Morris, John Gilroy, Euan Walpole, Rowena Ivers, Linda Brown, Michael Jefford


PoCoG-CDW-2019-05: Reducing CVD risk after a cancer diagnosis among indigenous and non-indigenous Australians


Aim: To provide a systems-wide perspective of CVD in cancer, by investigating, for NSW residents diagnosed with cancer over a 10-year period:

1. The prevalence of pre-existing and treatment-induced CVD in people diagnosed with cancer and its effect on their clinical course, outcomes and health care use/cost

2.Variations in the above between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous people, and by country of birth, sex, age group, cancer type, remoteness and area-level socioeconomic status.


Team: Abbey Diaz, Aaron Sverdlov, Kalinda Griffiths, Joanne Shaw Doan Ngo, Joan Cunningham, Brian Kelly, Gail Garvey Emily Callander, Lisa Whop, Nick Zdenkowski


PoCoG-CDW-2019-06: HP-Prepare and ACT: A communication skills education program for health professionals to help people with head and neck cancer manage psychological distress.


Aim: This study proposes to examine the feasibility and acceptability of an advanced communication skills training for health professionals (HP), using the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).


Team: Chandrika Gibson, A/Prof Georgia Halkett, A/Prof Moira O'Connor


PoCoG-2019-05: Phase II trial evaluating web-based cognitive behaviour for sleep disturbance in early-stage breast cancer patients on (neo) adjuvant chemotherapy


Aim: To assess the feasibility and acceptability of web-based cognitive behaviour for sleep disturbance in early-stage breast cancer patients during treatment.


Team: Emma-Kate Carson, Belinda Kiely, Janette Vardy, Haryana Dhillon


PoCoG-2020-03: LATER (life after cancer) Study: Online platform for managing symptoms


Aim: To develop and evaluate an online platform delivering evidence-based interventions to reduce common symptoms matched to individual need for women cancer patients to improve quality of life.


Team: Michelle Peate, Martha Hickey, Jennifer Marino, Michael Jefford, Christobel Saunders, Debra Anderson, Michael Friedlander, Bruce Mann, Ines Rio, Nicole Kinnane