Professor Raymond Chan, RN, BNurs, MAppSc, PhD, FACN, GAICD



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Research Biography

Professor Raymond Chan is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Matthew Flinders Professor of Cancer Care, Systems and Policy, Caring Futures Institute, Flinders University. 

Ray’s research program focuses on optimising models of care, health services’ and policy responses to address the needs of people affected by cancer in the survivorship phase. Ray has published >230 peer-reviewed articles and 2 book chapters. In total, he has attracted >$39.5 million AUD of research funding as CI (>$20 Million AUD as CIA).

In 2009, his contribution to nursing practice, education, and research was recognised with the appointment as Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing Australia (FRCNA, now FACN). He is a Past President of the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA), the peak professional body for cancer nursing in Australia. During his term as CNSA President (2014: President Elect, 2015–2017: President), he also served on the Executive Council of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) and the Intercollegiate Advisory Committee of Cancer Australia. Currently, Ray is an advisor to Cancer Australia — Department of Health. In addition, he is the Chair for the Survivorship Study Group of Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC); a Board Director for the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC); and the Co-Chair for the Scientific Committee of the Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group (PC4).

Ray has received a number of research and service improvement awards in recognition of his contribution to clinical care. In 2009, he was awarded the Innovation in Nursing (Queensland Finalist), HESTA Australian Nursing Awards. In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Cecilia Brazil Nursing Research Award by the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. In the same year, he was awarded the Best Research Paper at the 17th CNSA Winter Congress. In 2014, he was awarded his PhD with an Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award — an award for the top 5% of PhD thesis of the university. In the same year, he was awarded Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year by the Queensland University of Technology and the Premier’s Award for Excellence in Leadership by the Queensland Government. In 2018, his leadership in research capacity building was recognised through the Vice Chancellor Award for Excellence in Leadership. In 2021, he was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, and has recently been awarded HESTA Awards Nurse of the Year Finalist.

In 2019, he led the Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Cancer Services in a successful application to be recognised as Australia’s first MASCC Designated Centre for Excellence in Supportive Cancer Care — one of the first four international centres receiving this recognition. Ray is a regular Grant Review Panel member for several NHMRC CRE, Investigator Grant, Partnership Grant schemes. Ray serves as an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Cancer Survivorship (as Associate Editor); Cancer Nursing: An International Journal of Cancer Care, Cancer Care Research Online, European Journal of Oncology Nursing, and Asia Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing (APJON). He has been an invited speaker at a number of prestigious institutions, as well as national and international conferences.

Current Ministerial Appointment

Ray currently serves on the NHMRC Research Committee (Triennium 2021–2024), which

  • advises and makes recommendations to the Council on the application and monitoring of the Medical Research Endowment Account (MREA)
  • monitors the use of assistance provided from MREA
  • advises the Council on matters relating to medical research and public health research, including the quality and scope of such research in Australia.

Research Expertise

Cancer Care; Cancer Survivorship; Palliative Care; Models of Care Redesign; Health Services and Systems Research; Knowledge Translation; Implementation Science 

Research Interests

  • Cancer care policy
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Supportive cancer care
  • Self-care and caring solutions
  • Nursing
  • Health systems and services

Education/Academic qualification





  • Registered

Research Areas

  • Cancer care
  • Nursing

Supervisory Interests

  • Cancer survivorship


  • RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
  • Cancer Survivorship
  • Supportive Care
  • Cancer Policy
  • Cancer Care
  • Cancer Systems
  • Primary Care
  • RT Nursing
  • Acute Care Nursing
  • Nursing Leadership
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • primary health care
  • R Medicine (General)
  • Health Policy


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