Dr Moira O'Connor
Dr Moira O’Connor took up a dedicated position as senior research fellow at the Curtin part of the centre in 2007. Dr O’Connor’s programme of research focuses on psycho-social aspects of cancer and palliative care, children of women with a cancer diagnosis, supports and interventions for carers, and bereavement. To date Dr O’Connor has over thirty refereed papers and book chapters and has secured over $1,000,000 in external funding. In 2008 she presented at 2 international conferences. Dr O’Connor is a chief investigator for a multi-site national Pharmacy Guild of Australia funded project that is looking at enhancing the role of the community pharmacist in palliative care. This project will inform policy and practice, and will lead to education modules for community pharmacists and a model for accredited pharmacists to conduct medication management reviews for palliative care patients. Dr O’Connor is also a chief investigator on collaborative grants in the areas of communication and information needs of patients; carers’ support needs and support after bereavement. Many of these collaborative projects have been in response to identified needs and gaps in the community.
Dr O’Connor continues to be involved in education and professional development of health care professionals and supervises 4 PhD students and 1 masters by research student. She also regularly reviews for international journals in the areas of psycho-social oncology and palliative care.