Ms Alison Walsh

 Position Lecturer
 Org Unit Nursing
 Telephone +61 8 8313 2994
 Location Floor/Room 4 ,  Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Alison is a lecturer specialising in oncology and palliative care in the Adelaide Nursing School. Alison co-ordinates the haematology/oncology graduate diploma for registered nurses and the cancer care and palliative care nursing course for undergraduate third year students.

    Prior to her appointment, Alison worked for many years as a nurse unit manager of a busy haematology/oncology ward at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. This includes her extensive practice-based cancer nursing experience working with people with cancer and caring for them throughout their journey. Alison is experienced with providing care to people having chemotherapy and cancer drug therapies, inclusive of educating patients to recognise complications and how to manage them safely.

    Alison has provided state-wide training to cancer nurses regarding the safe administration of cytotoxic drugs and has worked extensively on safe policy and procedure development.

    Completing her Master of Nursing Science (Oncology) in 2018, she explored the factors that influence the implementation of post opioid documentation from the perspective of registered nursing. The lived and working experience of nurses is central to all of her research.

    As part of her current HDR degree, she is researching the factors that influence the perceived ability of third year nursing students to confidently engage in difficult conversations with patients who have a life limiting illness.

  • Qualifications

    Bachelor of Nursing Science

    Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Oncology)

    Master of Nursing Science

  • Awards & Achievements

    2006- The Pearson Prize - for outstanding work in the graduate diploma in nursing science (oncology)

    2018- Alison Tierney Prize for research, Masters of Nursing Science (Oncology)

  • Research Interests

    ·         Improving communication with people that have cancer and life limiting illnesses.

    ·         Navigating the health care system for people with cancer.

    ·         Assisting cancer nurses to support cancer patients after they receive difficult news.

    ·         Chemotherapy and immunotherapy adverse effects management and nursing education.

    ·         Assisting people with cancer to manage chemotherapy/immunotherapy side effects optimally at home.

    ·         Caring for people with life limiting illnesses, inclusive of palliative care nursing.

    ·         Educating undergraduate nurses to care for people with life limiting illnesses.

    ·         Preparing nursing students to care for dying patients and their families. 


  • Professional Associations

    Cancer Nurses Society of Australia- SA committee member. 

    Palliative Care Nurses Australia 

    Palliative Care South Australia



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Entry last updated: Thursday, 3 Mar 2022

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