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PROF Sanchia Aranda


  • Evidence-based practice, service development, evidence implementation, multidisciplinary care (Cancer, intervention testing, supportive care)
  • Clinical cancer care, nursing interventions development (consumer engagement)



  • Professor Aranda has worked in cancer and palliative care settings since 1979, predominantly in research and teaching roles since 1989. Her research interests centre on the development of an evidence base to enhance supportive care outcomes for people affected by cancer. She has conducted several randomised controlled trials of novel nursing and supportive care interventions. Professor Aranda leads a multidisciplinary research group based at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne where she has a joint appointment. She has received in excess of $2 million in competitive research funding. She is also leading a national project under Cancer Australia to develop a framework and curriculum materials to support the development of the cancer nursing workforce ( Professor Aranda is a successful research student supervisor having supervised 4 doctoral and six master of nursing research students to completion.

    Professor Aranda is currently President of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care.



Member of

  • Council of Deans of Nursing & Midwifery. Member 2006 -
  • International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care. President-Elect & Board Member 2006 -
  • Victorian & Tasmanian Deans of Nursing & Midwifery. Member 2006 -
  • Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA). Member 1998 -
  • Royal College of Nursing Australia. Member 1997 -
  • Oncology Nursing Society (USA). Member 1996 -
  • Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA). Member 1982 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • Development Funding ($4.9 million total)

    1. National Cancer Nursing Education Project. $3.5 million 2005-2008. Australian Government project under National Cancer Plan. Project Leads – Aranda & Yates.
    2. Harnessing Inner Strength - $1.4 million over 5 years to develop psychosocial supportive care programs at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. The Pratt Foundation.

    Research Funding not administered through the University of Melbourne

    1. The Advanced Symptom Management System: a novel application of information and communications technology to manage chemotherapy related toxicities in haematological cancer patients, Breen, S., Aranda, S, Kearney, N. et al, Victorian Cancer Agency, 2009, $74,105
    A nurse led psychosocial intervention with peer support to reduce psychosocial needs in women with gynaecological cancer, Schofield, P., Aranda, S., et al, Cancer Australia Grant 2009-2010, $232,600
    Development and testing of novel strategies to support adult survivors of colorectal cancer
    Investigators: Jefford, M, Schofield, P, Aranda, S, Krishnasamy, M, Rogers, M, Milne D, Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation, 2008-2009 $74 672
    A trial of a multidisciplinary, group based intervention to meet the needs of men with prostate cancer. National Health and Medical Research Council. CI: P Schofield, S Aranda, M Carey, P Dudgeon. 2008: $185,850, 2009: $180,850, 2010: $174,300 Total: $541,000
    Improving medication safety through consumer partnerships during transitions from home to hospital and back again. DHS Participation Grant. Investigators: S Kirsa, S Aranda, K Thomson, T Pearce, E Loh, P Schofield, E Thompson, Consumer (tbc), E Manias.
    The development and evaluation of a mentoring project to include evidence based family sensitive practice as part of routine cancer and palliative care. CIs Joubert, L. and Aranda S. Department of Health and Ageing Mentorin   


Education and training

  • PhD, La Trobe University 1998
  • MN, Phillip Institute of Technology 1990
  • BAppSc, Phillip Institute of Technology 1985
  • Cert Onc, Royal Marsden Hospital 1981
  • RN, Phillip Institute of Technology 1975

Awards and honors

  • Bonnie Bullough Lecture, 2006
  • Vivian Bullwinkel Oration - Australia, 2006
  • Oncology Nursing Society - International Award for contributions to cancer nursing, 2001
  • Royal Marsden Hospital - Tiffany Lecture, 2001
  • Royal Marsden Hospital - Cancer Nursing Course, 1981
  • Kew Hospital - Most Outstanding Final Year Student, 1975



Available for supervision

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