Ms Kylie Harris
(Research Assistant, Psycho-Oncology )

DepartmentPsycho-Oncology
Research AreasDiagnostics / Screening, Health Services Research, Therapy and Treatment, Population Health, Social Needs, Mental Health, Supportive Care
Research TopicsDepression and Anxiety, Pain
Research TypesSurvey / Observational Research, Dissemination / Implementation

Ms Kylie Harris has been recruiting patients and compiling data to assist the Psycho-Oncology Departmental research (Improved recognition and management of pain, psychological and social distress; aiming to improve Quality of Life). Kylie has been assisting with this research in the Psycho-Oncology Department at Calvary Mater Newcastle since 2007. Her main interest is in the psychological and social effects of cancer on patients, their families and their carer's. Kylie appreciates the influence this research can have on deciding the appropriate methods for patient care. She also understands this research to be a basis for evaluating funding needs and benefits to the greater healthcare system.

In addition to her role in the Psycho-Oncology Department Kylie is formally completing certification to practice as an Art Therapist. Kylie will soon continue her studies, doing a Post-Graduate degree, with a focus on researching the benefits, to healthcare, in the practice of Art as Therapy and Art in Health.

Kylie was a member of the Psycho-Oncology team that received a 2009 NSW Health Award.

 

Getting to know you

When did you start assisting in research?

2007.

What research projects are you currently working on?

QUICATOUCH, RASCH & A localised prostate cancer study.

What research achievement are you most proud of?

The number of people I have recruited to participate in our research.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by researchers that are dedicated and professional. 

What did you do before coming to work at Calvary Mater Newcastle?

I was working as a Teacher's Aide.

What has helped you the most in your research at Calvary Mater Newcastle?

The encouragement of my colleagues.

What made you decide to assist in research?

I see the importance of the results, both qualitative and quantitative, in effecting positive changes and better outcomes for patients and healthcare.

 

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