We are delighted to welcome Professor Mei Krishnasamy as our Keynote Speaker for EONS 10.




Professor Mei Krishnasamy

B.A. RN, MSc. PhD


Mei is Professor of Cancer Nursing-Translational Research, in the Department of Nursing at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Until January 2016, she held the role of Executive Director of Cancer Nursing and Allied Health at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne where she had strategic responsibility for specialist and advanced practice nurses and allied health clinicians, working with them to develop, implement and evaluate models of patient-centred care. She is chief investigator on several national and international research grants that focus on improving patient experiences of cancer and has a particular interest in the relationship between patient experience, health outcomes and value based health care. She sits on several national expert cancer policy committees and is currently President of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia and past President of the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia.


Key Note Address: Balancing healthcare needs in a changing context.


– The global healthcare industry is in crisis

– Demand outstrips resource and perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than for cancer care

– In 2012, there were an estimated 14.1 million cancer cases worldwide. This number is expected to increase to 24 million by 2035

– The remarkable advances in personalised cancer therapies and technology present an enormous challenge to balancing healthcare needs, compounding inequity on a global scale

– With diminishing investment in specialist cancer nurses, doctors and allied health and growing numbers of cancer patients – practitioners are forced to narrow their focus to the needs of the individual in front of them, rather than on the needs of those with greatest capacity to benefit

– A third of new cancer cases can be prevented through modification to lifestyle behaviours and access to screening but the health care industry and policy makers continue to invest disproportionately in acute services focused on management of disease and its consequences

– One solution proposed to the global health care crisis is a focus on value based health care, where value is defined as enhancing patient outcomes while constraining costs

– This paper will consider the place of cancer nurses in delivering against the value based agenda, where outcomes that matter to patients – prevention, functional and emotional health and wellbeing are considered critical to redressing the balance of health care need in a changing global context.