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Dr Shirley Chambers
Research Fellow
Faculty of Health,
School of Nursing
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Nursing - CDA
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology), BHlthSc (Public Health) (Hons 1st Class) (Queensland University of Technology)


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 is a Research Fellow in Cancer & Palliative Care Outcomes Centre, School of Nursing, Centre for Healthcare Transformation, Faculty of Health  at QUT.  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 has 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 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 also led a similar study with a cohort of non-malignant patients; those with Stage 3-5 Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Her current research interests lies in assisting patients with life limiting illness, and their informal carers (e.g., family members), to make well informed end-of-life treatment decisions. Worthy of note, Shirley has managed two projects to scope and map the quantum of palliative care service delivery within Queensland. Dr Chambers is beginning to work within the aged care sector as lead for a Rapid Review related to identifying the clinical indicators of deterioration of residents of aged care facilities.

Project Highlights:

  • Current: An early warning system of acute deterioration in residential aged care – Rapid Review Lead (Nursing and Midwifery Research Fellowship – Round 6)
  • Current: What factors influence consumers’ end-of-life treatment decision-making? A systematic review. (NHMRC CRE ELC)
  • 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 – 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:

  • 2018-2019: Palliative Care Services Review: Commissioned External Literature Review (Queensland Government Department of Health)
  • 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.


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Completed supervisions (Doctorate)