Personal details

Dr Shirley Chambers
Research Fellow
Faculty of Health,
School - Nursing,
Research - Nursing
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Nursing - CDA
Discipline *
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Identifiers and profiles

PhD (Queensland University of Technology), BHlthSc (Public Health) (Hons 1st Class) (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations

Palliative Care Queensland (Member)


Life Limiting Illness, End-of-Life Care, Health Service Delivery, Palliative Care, Patient Flow/Patient Tracking, Supportive Care Needs

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Shirley Chambers (formerly Connell) is a Research Fellow in the Palliative and Supportive Care Research Group at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) at QUT and the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in End-of-Life Care.  Since being awarded her PhD in 2005 Shirley has worked in the field of palliative care research and education, particularly in relation to health service delivery.  Shirley’s research is primarily focused on the experiences and/or health service utilisation of patients who have a life limiting illness and their carers. As such, Dr Chambers has led two longitudinal studies tracking advanced cancer patients’ use of health services toward the end of life, by collecting data from various health administrative datasets and via patient held diaries, while also capturing patients’ and carers’ experiences. Shirley has recently completed a similar study with a cohort of non-malignant patients; those with Stage 3-5 Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).  In addition, Shirley has managed two projects to scope and map the quantum of palliative care service delivery within Queensland.

Project Highlights:

  • 2014 – 2017: Achieving needs based end-of-life services: A prospective, longitudinal study of pathways for patients with Stage 3-5 Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). (NHMRC CRE ELC) 2011
  • 2011 – 2013: Achieving needs-based end-of-life services: A prospective, longitudinal study of pathways for advanced cancer patients. (Cancer Council Queensland)  
  • 2009 – 2010: Achieving needs-based end-of-life services: A prospective, longitudinal study of pathways for advanced cancer patients. A pilot study. (QUT IHBI Early Career Researcher Scheme)

Industry Highlights:

  • 2010 – 2011: Scoping of Palliative Care Services in Queensland. (Queensland Health, Competitive Tender)  
  • 2007 – 2008: Central Area Health Service (CAHS) Specialist Palliative Care Service Mapping and Scoping Project. (Central Area Health Service (CAHS) Cancer Care Network)  
  • 2003: Qualitative Evaluation of the Advanced Breast Cancer Support Group. (West End, Brisbane, Advanced Breast Cancer Support Group) 
This information has been contributed by Dr Shirley Chambers.


For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.