Associate Professor Susan Lee’s interest and involvement in the palliative care sector was triggered by her father’s diagnosis of advanced cancer and subsequent contact with emerging palliative care services in Melbourne’s South East.
Since the 1990s A/Prof Lee – who is now Director of Research Degrees, Nursing and Midwifery in the Palliative Care Research Team at Monash University – has been involved in community and inpatient palliative care service development in roles from clinical nurse consultant to board director.
Her insight as both a carer and medical professional resulted in her invitation to deliver this year’s Peter Meese lecture, named in honour of Dr Peter Meese, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 1999 to thank Cabrini oncology and palliative care nursing staff for their compassionate care during Peter’s illness.
An audience of over 120 gathered to hear her lecture, for which the topic was person and family-centred care. Among the attendees for the lecture were
Dawn Adams, now aged 83 and former patient of Dr Meese, who credits him with the fact that she’s still working today, in an aged care facility.
Also in attendance on the night were Cabrini nurses, allied health staff, doctors, local residents, members of the Cabrini’s Patient and Family Register, Chair of the Cabrini board Richard Rogers, donors, friends and family of Peter Meese.
Also announced were the recipients of the 2018 Peter Meese travel scholarship, which will be shared by oncology nurses Steephan Poulose and Candice Lo-Ngok, who will visit the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse cancer centre in Sydney next month to conduct gap analysis and benchmarking. They will gather information about Lifehouse’ successful strategies and work flow processes, as well as seek out opportunities to collaborate and share ideas.