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Prof Afaf Girgis

Director, Psycho-oncology Research Group

The Psycho-Oncology Research Group investigates the psychological, social and behavioural aspects of cancer, from the time of a cancer diagnosis until end of life. Our psycho-oncology research program is translational in its focus, in that our priority research areas are informed by the challenges faced by those providing and receiving cancer care; we apply the most stringent research methods to develop a strong evidence base to inform best practice; and we engage early with key stakeholders and policy makers to maximise evidence-informed cancer care.
Our research addresses some of the major psychosocial dimensions of cancer, including:
• Understanding the unmet needs and responses of patients, their families and caregivers to cancer at all stages of the disease.
• Determining the influence of the content and process of communication between the health care team and the patient and family on coping, treatment compliance and psychosocial outcomes.
• Identifying the psychological, behavioural and social factors which may influence the disease process, including the impact of cultural, language and socioeconomic differences.
Developing and testing strategies that can be implemented within health services to minimise the negative impact of cancer.

Publications

A1 - Book

  • Neil Merrett, Nam Nguyen, Andrew Biankin 2010, When cancer crosses disciplines: A physicians handbook, eds Merrett N, Nguyen N, Biankin AWorld Scientific Pub Co, London, ISBN 9781848163645

C1 - Journal Article

  • Fardell JE; Wakefield CE; Signorelli C; Hill R; Skeen J; Maguire AM; McLoone JK; Cohn RJ; Alvaro F; Cohn R 2017, Transition of childhood cancer survivors to adult care: The survivor perspective, Pediatric Blood and Cancer
  • Watts KJ; Meiser B; Zilliacus E; Kaur R; Taouk M; Girgis A; Butow P; Goldstein D; Hale S; Perry A 2017, Communicating with patients from minority backgrounds: Individual challenges experienced by oncology health professionals, European Journal of Oncology Nursing
  • Lambert S; Girgis A; Descallar J; Levesque JV; Jones B 2017, Trajectories of mental and physical functioning among spouse caregivers of cancer survivors over the first five years following the diagnosis, Patient Education and Counselling
  • Beatty L; Kemp E; Butow P; Girgis A; Schofield P; Turner J; Hulbert-Williams NJ; Levesque JV; Koczwara B 2017, A systematic review of psychotherapeutic interventions for women with metastatic breast cancer: Context matters, Psycho-Oncology
  • Lambert SD; Girgis A 2017, Unmet supportive care needs among informal caregivers of patients with cancer: Opportunities and challenges in informing the development of interventions, Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing, MEDKNOW PUBLICATIONS & MEDIA PVT LTD
  • Galvo DA; Newton RU; Girgis A; Lepore SJ; Stiller A; Mihalopoulos C; Gardiner RA; Taaffe DR; Occhipinti S; Chambers SK 2017, Randomized controlled trial of a peer led multimodal intervention for men with prostate cancer to increase exercise participation, Psycho-Oncology
  • Watts KJ; Meiser B; Zilliacus E; Kaur R; Taouk M; Girgis A; Butow P; Kissane D; Hale S; Perry A 2017, Perspectives of oncology nurses and oncologists regarding barriers to working with patients from a minority background: systemic issues and working with interpreters., European Journal of Cancer Care
  • Lambert SD; Beatty L; McElduff P; Levesque JV; Lawsin C; Jacobsen P; Turner J; Girgis A 2017, A systematic review and meta-analysis of written self-administered psychosocial interventions among adults with a physical illness, Patient Education and Counselling
  • Girgis A; Levesque JV; Smith AB; Durcinoska I; Gerges M 2017, The role and supportive care needs of the partners and carers of women with breast cancer, Cancer Forum
  • Shaw J; Shepherd H; Price M; Butow P; Dhillon H; Kirsten L; Masya L; Girgis A; Kelly B; Allison K 2017, Making screening assessment, referral and management of anxiety and depression in cancer care a reality: developing a system addressing barriers and facilitators to support sustainable implementation, Psycho-Oncology, WILEY
  • Lambert S; Ould-Brahim L; Morrison M; Girgis A; Yaffe M; Clayberg K; Robinson J; Thorne S; Bottorff J; Duggleby W 2017, Do researchers, clinicians, managers, and caregivers agree on the priorities for cancer caregiving research? A national and international online Delphi survey and meetings, Psycho-Oncology, WILEY
  • Lambert S; Girgis A; Hulbert-Williams N; Belzile E 2017, Differential impact of unmet supportive care needs on the anxiety and depression of informal caregivers of cancer survivors: Beyond unmet needs count and prevalence, Psycho-Oncology, WILEY
  • Girgis A; Delaney G; Arnold A; Durcinoska I; Gerges M; Sandell T; Kaadan N; Carolan M; Miller A 2017, PROMPT-Care: a fully integrated eHealth system to support patient-centred care and self-management, Psycho-Oncology, WILEY
  • Kelly B; Turner MJ; Girgis A 2017, Integrating psychosocial care into cancer services: the path from evidence to implementation, Psycho-Oncology, WILEY
  • Galvao D; Newton RU; Girgis A; Lepore SJ; Stiller A; Mihalopoulos C; Gardiner RA; Taaffe DR; Occhipinti S; Chambers S 2017, Effectiveness of a peer led intervention for prostate cancer survivors to increase exercise participation and improve quality of life: a randomised controlled trial, Psycho-Oncology, WILEY
  • Kim AH; Sechi AJ; Ruban SO; Ng W; Girgis A; Andrews JM; Siegel CA; Connor SJ 2017, Feasibility and acceptability of an Internet-based decision aid (myAID) for patients with ulcerative colitis, Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, WILEY
  • Lambert S; Bellamy T; Girgis A 2017, Routine assessment of unmet needs in individuals with advanced cancer and their caregivers: A qualitative study of the palliative care needs assessment tool (PC-NAT)., J Psychosoc Oncol
  • Girgis A; Durcinoska I; Levesque JV; Gerges M; Sandell T; Arnold A; Delaney GP 2017, eHealth System for Collecting and Utilizing Patient Reported Outcome Measures for Personalized Treatment and Care (PROMPT-Care) Among Cancer Patients: Mixed Methods Approach to Evaluate Feasibility and Acceptability, Journal of Medical Internet Research, JMIR PUBLICATIONS, INC
  • Girgis A; Lambert S 2017, Cost of informal caregiving in cancer care, Cancer Forum, AUSTRALIAN CANCER SOC INC
  • Smith AB; Agar M; Delaney G; Descallar J; Dobell-Brown K; Grand M; Aung J; Patel P; Kaadan N; Girgis A 2017, Lower trial participation by culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) cancer patients is largely due to language barriers, Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
  • Butow PN; Turner J; Gilchrist J; Sharpe L; Smith AB; Fardell JE; Tesson S; O'Connell R; Girgis A; Gebski VJ 2017, Randomized Trial of ConquerFear: A Novel, Theoretically Based Psychosocial Intervention for Fear of Cancer Recurrence., J Clin Oncol
  • Allan B. Smith, Pascal Mancuso, Mark Sidhom, Karen Wong, Megan Berry, Orlando Rincones, Dion Forstner, Lesley Bokey, Afaf Girgis 2017, "Prostatectomy versus radiotherapy for early-stage prostate cancer (PREPaRE) study: protocol for a mixed-methods study of treatment decision-making in men with localised prostate cancer", BMJ Open, BMJ Group, U.K., vol. 7, no. 11
  • Bryant J; Boyes AW; Hall A; Girgis A; D Este C; Sitas F 2016, Prevalence and factors related to smoking and smoking cessation 6months following a cancer diagnosis: a population-based study, Journal of Cancer Survivorship
  • Sansom-Daly UM; Lin M; Robertson EG; Wakefield CE; McGill BC; Girgis A; Cohn RJ 2016, Health Literacy in Adolescents and Young Adults: An Updated Review, Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
  • Thompson KD; Connor SJ; Walls DM; Gollins J; Stewart SK; Bewtra M; Baumblatt GL; Holubar SD; Greenup AJ; Sechi A 2016, Patients with ulcerative colitis are more concerned about complications of their disease than side effects of medications, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
  • Tiong SS; Koh ES; Delaney G; Lau A; Adams D; Bell V; Sapkota P; Harris T; Girgis A; Przezdziecki A 2016, An e-health strategy to facilitate care of breast cancer survivors: A pilot study, Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
  • Thewes B; Davis E; Girgis A; Valery PC; Giam K; Hocking A; Jackson J; He VY; Yip D; Garvey G 2016, Routine screening of Indigenous cancer patients' unmet support needs: A qualitative study of patient and clinician attitudes, International Journal for Equity in Health
  • Bryant J; Boyes AW; Hall A; Girgis A; D Este C; Sitas F 2016, Erratum to: Prevalence and factors related to smoking and smoking cessation 6months following a cancer diagnosis: a population-based study (Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 10.1007/s11764-015-0510-7), Journal of Cancer Survivorship
  • Girgis A; Delaney GP; Arnold A; Miller AA; Levesque JV; Kaadan N; Carolan MG; Cook N; Masters K; Tran TT 2016, Development and Feasibility Testing of PROMPT-Care, an eHealth System for Collection and Use of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures for Personalized Treatment and Care: A Study Protocol, JMIR Research Protocols, JMIR PUBLICATIONS, INC
  • Law E; Girgis A; Sylvie L; Levesque J; Pickett H 2016, Telomeres and Stress: Pomising Avenues for Research in Psycho-Oncology, Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing, MEDKNOW PUBLICATIONS & MEDIA PVT LTD
  • Knight A; Delaney G; Girgis A; Liaw ST 2016, ISQUA16-1279JOINING UP THE CONTINUUM FROM CANCER SERVICES TO FAMILY PRACTICE THROUGH IMPROVED COMMUNICATION, International Journal for Quality in Health Care
  • Chatterton ML, Chambers S, Occhipinti S, Girgis A, Dunn J, Carter R, Shih S, Mihalopoulos C 2016, "Economic evaluation of a psychological intervention for high distress cancer patients and carers: Costs and quality-adjusted life years", Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer
  • Fardell JE, Thewes B, Turner J, Gilchrist J, Sharpe L, Smith A, Girgis A, Butow P 2016, "Fear of cancer recurrence: a theoretical review and novel cognitive processing formulation", Journal of Cancer Survivorship, pp. 1-11
  • Tiong SS, Koh ES, Delaney G, Lau A, Adams D, Bell V, Sapkota P, Harris T, Girgis A, Przezdziecki A, Lonergan D, Coiera E 2016, "An e-health strategy to facilitate care of breast cancer survivors: A pilot study.", Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
  • Siaw Sze Tiong, Eng-Siew Koh, Geoffrey P. Delaney, Annie Lau, Diana Adams, Vicki Bell, Pharmila Sapkota, Afaf Girgis, Denise M. Lonergan, . [And Three Others] 2016, "An e-health strategy to facilitate care of breast cancer survivors: a pilot study", Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, Wiley-Blackwell, U.K., vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 181-187
  • Bryant J, Boyes AW, Hall A, Girgis A, D Este C, Sitas F 2016, "Erratum to: Prevalence and factors related to smoking and smoking cessation 6 months following a cancer diagnosis: a population-based study (Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 10.1007/s11764-015-0510-7)", Journal of Cancer Survivorship, vol. 10, no. 6, p. 1112
  • Girgis A, Delaney GP, Arnold A, Miller AA, Levesque JV, Kaadan N, Carolan MG, Cook N, Masters K, Tran TT, Sandell T, Durcinoska I, Gerges M, Avery S, Ng W, Della-Fiorentina S, Dhillon HM, Maher A 2016, "Development and Feasibility Testing of PROMPT-Care, an eHealth System for Collection and Use of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures for Personalized Treatment and Care: A Study Protocol.", JMIR Res Protoc, vol. 5, no. 4
  • Garvey G, Thewes B, He VFY, Davis E, Girgis A, Valery PC, Giam K, Hocking A, Jackson J, Jones V, Yip D 2016, "Indigenous cancer patient and staff attitudes towards unmet needs screening using the SCNAT-IP", Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 215-223
  • Burridge L, Mitchell G, Jiwa M, Girgis A 2016, "Helping lay carers of people with advanced cancer and their GPs to talk: An exploration of Australian users' views of a simple carer health checklist", Health and Social Care in the Community
  • Thompson KD, Connor SJ, Walls DM, Gollins J, Stewart SK, Bewtra M, Baumblatt GL, Holubar SD, Greenup AJ, Sechi A, Girgis A, Rubin DT, Siegel CA 2016, "Patients with Ulcerative Colitis Are More Concerned About Complications of Their Disease than Side Effects of Medications.", Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 940-947
  • Lambert SD, McElduff P, Girgis A, Levesque JV, Regan TW, Turner J, Candler H, Mihalopoulos C, Shih STF, Kayser K, Chong P 2016, "A pilot, multisite, randomized controlled trial of a self-directed coping skills training intervention for couples facing prostate cancer: accrual, retention, and data collection issues", Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 711-722
  • Lam WWT, Law WL, Poon JTC, Fong D, Girgis A, Fielding R 2016, "A longitudinal study of supportive care needs among Chinese patients awaiting colorectal cancer surgery", Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer
  • Bryant J, Boyes AW, Hall A, Girgis A, D Este C, Sitas F 2016, "Prevalence and factors related to smoking and smoking cessation 6 months following a cancer diagnosis: a population-based study", Journal of Cancer Survivorship, pp. 1-9
  • Sansom-Daly UM, Lin M, Robertson EG, Wakefield CE, McGill BC, Girgis A, Cohn RJ 2016, "Health Literacy in Adolescents and Young Adults: An Updated Review.", Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
  • Goldsbury DE, O'Connell DL, Girgis A, Wilkinson A, Phillips JL, Davidson PM, Ingham JM 2015, "Acute hospital-based services used by adults during the last year of life in New South Wales, Australia: A population-based retrospective cohort study", BMC Health Services Research
  • Short CE, James EL, Girgis A, D'Souza MI, Plotnikoff RC 2015, "Main outcomes of the Move More for Life Trial: A randomised controlled trial examining the effects of tailored-print and targeted-print materials for promoting physical activity among post-treatment breast cancer survivors", Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer, vol. 24, no. 7, pp. 771-778
  • 2015, "Pilot of a theoretically grounded psychologist-delivered
    intervention for fear of cancer recurrence (Conquer Fear)"
    , Psycho-Oncology, John Wiley & Sons, United Kingdom, vol. 24, pp. 967-970
  • Levesque JV, Girgis A, Koczwara B, Kwok C, Singh-Carlson S, Lambert S 2015, "Integrative Review of the Supportive Care Needs of Asian and Caucasian Women with Breast Cancer", Current Breast Cancer Reports, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 127-142
  • Sklenarova H, Haun MW, Krümpelmann A, Friederich HC, Huber J, Thomas M, Winkler EC, Girgis A, Dinkel A, Herzog W, Hartmann M 2015, "Psychometric evaluation of the German Version of the Supportive Care Needs Survey for Partners and Caregivers (SCNS-P&C-G) of cancer patients", European Journal of Cancer Care, vol. 24, no. 6, pp. 884-897
  • James EL, Stacey FG, Chapman K, Boyes AW, Burrows T, Girgis A, Asprey G, Bisquera A, Lubans DR 2015, "Impact of a nutrition and physical activity intervention (ENRICH: Exercise and Nutrition Routine Improving Cancer Health) on health behaviors of cancer survivors and carers: A pragmatic randomized controlled trial", BMC Cancer, vol. 15, no. 1
  • Hudson PL, Girgis A, Mitchell GK, Philip J, Parker D, Currow D, Liew D, Thomas K, Le B, Moran J, Brand C 2015, "Benefits and resource implications of family meetings for hospitalized palliative care patients: Research protocol", BMC Palliative Care, vol. 14, no. 1
  • Eakin EG, Hayes SC, Haas MR, Reeves MM, Vardy JL, Boyle F, Hiller JE, Mishra GD, Goode AD, Jefford M, Koczwara B, Saunders CM, Demark-Wahnefried W, Courneya KS, Schmitz KH, Girgis A, White K, Chapman K, Boltong AG, Lane K, McKiernan S, Millar L, O'Brien L, Sharplin G, Baldwin P, Robson EL 2015, "Healthy Living after Cancer: A dissemination and implementation study evaluating a telephone-delivered healthy lifestyle program for cancer survivors", BMC Cancer, vol. 15, no. 1
  • Sze M, Butow P, Bell M, Vaccaro L, Dong S, Eisenbruch M, Jefford M, Girgis A, King M, McGrane J, Ng W, Asghari R, Parente P, Liauw W, Goldstein D, Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) TEAM 2015, "Migrant health in cancer: outcome disparities and the determinant role of migrant-specific variables", The Oncologist
  • Wakefield CE, Sansom-Daly UM, McGill BC, McCarthy M, Girgis A, Grootenhuis M, Barton B, Patterson P, Osborn M, Lowe C, Anazodo A, Miles G, Cohn RJ 2015, "Online parent-targeted cognitive-behavioural therapy intervention to improve quality of life in families of young cancer survivors: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial", Trials, vol. 16, no. 1
  • Galvão DA, Newton RU, Gardiner RA, Girgis A, Lepore SJ, Stiller A, Mihalopolous C, Occhipinti S, Chambers SK 2015, "Compliance to exercise-oncology guidelines in prostate cancer survivors and associations with psychological distress, unmet supportive care needs, and quality of life", Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer, vol. 24, no. 10, pp. 1241-1249
  • Girgis A 2015, "Interventions to facilitate recovering from job stress in an oncology setting: One size does not fit all", Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, vol. 59, no. 4, pp. 489-490
  • Girgis A, Delaney GP, Miller AA 2015, Utilising ehealth to support survivorship care, Cancer Forum, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 86-89
  • Levesque J, Lambert S, Girgis A, Turner J, McElduff P, Kayser K 2015, "Do men with prostate cancer and their partners receive the information they need for optimal illness self-management in the immediate post-diagnostic phase?", Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing, vol. 2, no. 3, p. 169
  • Sklenarova H; Haun MW; Krmpelmann A; Friederich HC; Huber J; Thomas M; Winkler EC; Girgis A; Dinkel A; Herzog W 2015, Psychometric evaluation of the German Version of the Supportive Care Needs Survey for Partners and Caregivers (SCNS-P&C-G) of cancer patients, European Journal of Cancer Care
  • Kricker A, Armstrong B, Hansen V, Watson A, Singh-Khaira G, Lecathelinais C, Goumas C, Girgis A 2014, "Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma growth rates and determinants of size in community patients", Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, vol. 70, no. 3, pp. 456-464
  • Girgis A, Kelly B, Boyes A, Haas M, Viney R, Descallar J, Candler H, Bellamy D, Proietto A 2014, "The PACT study protocol: A time series study investigating the impact, acceptability and cost of an integrated model for psychosocial screening, care and treatment of patients with urological and head and neck cancers", BMJ Open, vol. 4, no. 1
  • Chambers SK, Girgis A, Occhipinti S, Hutchison S, Turner J, McDowell M, Mihalopoulos C, Carter R, Dunn J 2014, A randomized controlled trial of psychological intervention for high distress cancer patients and carers, Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer, vol. 23, pp. 47-48
  • Lambert SD, Kelly B, Boyes A, Cameron A, Adams C, Proiettof A, Girgis A 2014, Insights into preferences for psycho-oncology services among women with gynecologic cancer following distress screening, Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network: JNCCN, vol. 12, no. 6, pp. 899-906
  • O'Connell DL, Goldsbury DE, Davidson P, Girgis A, Phillips JL, Piza M, Wilkinson A, Ingham JM 2014, "Acute hospital-based services utilisation during the last year of life in New South Wales, Australia: Methods for a population-based study", BMJ Open, vol. 4, no. 3
  • Lam WWT, Tsang J, Yeo W, Suen J, Ho WM, Yau TK, Soong I, Wong KY, Kwong A, Suen D, Sze WK, Ng AWY, Girgis A, Fielding R 2014, "The evolution of supportive care needs trajectories in women with advanced breast cancer during the 12 months following diagnosis", Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 635-644
  • 2014, "Immigrants' perceptions of the quality of their cancer care: An Australian comparative study, identifying potentially modifiable factors ", Annals of Oncology, Oxford University Press, United Kingdom, vol. 25, no. 8, pp. 1643-1649
  • Regan TW, Lambert SD, Kelly B, McElduff P, Girgis A, Kayser K, Turner J 2014, "Cross-sectional relationships between dyadic coping and anxiety, depression, and relationship satisfaction for patients with prostate cancer and their spouses", Patient Education and Counselling, vol. 96, no. 1, pp. 120-127
  • Lambert S; Girgis A; Lecathelinais C; Stacey F 2013, Walking a mile in their shoes: anxiety and depression among partners and caregivers of cancer survivors at 6 and 12 months post-diagnosis, Supportive Care in Cancer, Springer
  • Li W; Lam W; Au A; Ye M; Law WP; Poon J; Kwong A; Suen D; Tsang J; Girgis A 2013, Interpreting differences in patterns of supportive care needs between patients with breast cancer and patients with colorectal cancer, Psycho-Oncology, John Wiley & Sons
  • Boyes AW; D'Este C; Carey ML; Lecathelinais C; Girgis A 2013, How does the distress thermometer compare to the hospital anxiety and depression scale for detecting possible cases of psychological morbidity among cancer survivors?, Supportive Care in Cancer, Springer
  • Au A; Lam WWT; Tsang J; Yau TK; Soong IS; Yeoh W; Suen J; Ho WM; Wong KY; Kwong A 2013, Supportive care needs in Hong Kong Chinese women confronting advanced breast cancer, Psycho - Oncology, John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Waller A; Girgis A; Davidson PM; Newton PJ; Lecathelinais C; MacDonald PS; Hayward CS; Currow DC 2013, Facilitating needs-based support and palliative care for people with chronic heart failure: preliminary evidence for the acceptability, inter-rater reliability, and validity of a needs assessment tool, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Elsevier Science Inc
  • Boyes AW; Girgis A; D'Este C; Zucca A; Lecathelinais C; Carey ML 2013, Prevalence and predictors of the short-term trajectory of anxiety and depression in the first year after a cancer diagnosis: a population-based longitudinal study, Journal of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • 2013, "Conquer fear: protocol of a randomised controlled trial of a psychological intervention to reduce fear of cancer recurrence", BMC Cancer, BioMed Central Ltd., United Kingdom, vol. 13, pp. 1-10
  • Girgis A; Lambert S; Johnson C; Waller A; Currow DC 2013, Physical, psychosocial, relationship, and economic burden of caring for people with cancer: a review, Journal of Oncology Practice
  • Lambert S; Pallant JF; Boyes AW; King MT; Britton B; Girgis A 2013, A Rasch analysis of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) among cancer survivors, Psychological Assessment, American Psychological Assoc
  • Lambert SD; Girgis A; Turner J; Regan T; Candler H; Britton B; Chambers S; Lawsin C; Kayser K 2013, "you need something like this to give you guidelines on what to do": Patients' and partners' use and perceptions of a self-directed coping skills training resource, Supportive Care in Cancer
  • Butow P; Girgis A; Schofield P 2013, Psychosocial aspects of delivering cancer care: An update, Cancer Forum
  • Mitchell GK; Girgis A; Jiwa M; Sibbritt D; Burridge LH; Senior HE 2013, Providing general practice needs-based care for carers of people with advanced cancer: A randomised controlled trial, British Journal of General Practice
  • Lam WWT; Fielding R; Tsang J; Yeo W; Suen J; Ho WM; Yau TK; Soong I; Wong KY; Kwong A 2013, The evolution of supportive care needs trajectories in women with advanced breast cancer during the 12months following diagnosis, Supportive Care in Cancer
  • Lambert SD; Girgis A; McElduff P; Turner J; Levesque JV; Kayser K; Mihalopoulos C; Shih STF; Barker D 2013, A parallel-group, randomised controlled trial of a multimedia, self-directed, coping skills training intervention for patients with cancer and their partners: Design and rationale, BMJ Open
  • Walshe R; James E; Macdonald-Wicks L; Boyes AW; Zucca AC; Girgis A; Lecathelinais C 2012, Socio-demographic and medical correlates of the use of biologically based complementary and alternative medicines amongst recent Australian cancer survivors, Preventive Medicine, Academic Press Inc Elsevier Science
  • Chambers SK; Girgis A; Occhipinti S; Hutchison S; Turner J; Morris B; Dunn J 2012, Psychological distress and unmet supportive care needs in cancer patients and carers who contact cancer helplines, European Journal of Cancer Care, Blackwell Publishing Ltd
  • Waller A; Girgis A; Johnson C; Lecathelinais C; Sibbritt D; Forstner D; Liauw WS; Currow DC 2012, Improving outcomes for people with progressive cancer: interrupted time series trial of a needs assessment intervention, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Elsevier Science Inc
  • Hall A; Boyes AW; Bowman J; Walshe R; James E; Girgis A 2012, Young adult cancer survivors' psychosocial well-being: A cross-sectional study assessing Quality of Life, unmet needs and health behaviours, Supportive Care in Cancer, Springer
  • Zucca A; Boyes AW; Linden W; Girgis A 2012, All's well that ends well? Quality of life and physical symptom clusters in long-term cancer survivors across cancer types, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Elsevier Science Inc
  • Bonevski B; Girgis A; Magin P; Horton G; Brozek I; Armstrong BK 2012, Prescribing sunshine: A cross-sectional survey of 500 Australian general practitioners practices and attitudes about vitamin D, International Journal of Cancer, Wiley-Liss
  • Short C; James E; Girgis A; McElduff S; Plotnikoff RC 2012, Move more for life: the protocol for a randomised efficacy trial of a tailored-print physical activity intervention for post-treatment breast cancer survivors, BMC Cancer
  • Lambert S; Jones B; Girgis A; Lecathelinais C 2012, Distressed partners and caregivers do not recover easily: adjustment trajectories among partners and caregivers of cancer survivors, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Lawrence Erlbaum Association Inc
  • Lambert S; Girgis A; Turner J; McElduff P; Kayser K 2012, A pilot randomized controlled trial of the feasibility of a self-directed coping skills intervention for couples facing prostate cancer: Rationale and design, Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, Biomed Central Ltd
  • Girgis A; Lambert S; McElduff P; Bonevski B; Lecathelinais C; Boyes A; Stacey F 2012, Some things change, some things stay the same: A longitudinal analysis of cancer caregivers unmet supportive care needs, Psycho-Oncology, Wiley-Blackwell
  • Lambert S; Harrison J; Smith E; Bonevski B; Carey M; Lawsin C; Chris P; Girgis A 2012, The unmet needs of partners and caregivers of adults diagnosed with cancer: a systematic review, BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
  • Dobbinson S; Wakefield MJ; Hill D; Girgis A; Aitken JB; Beckmann K; Reeder A; Herd N; Spittal M; Fairthorne A 2012, Childrens sun exposure and sun protection: Prevalence in Australia and related parental factors, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, St. Louis, Mo., Mosby
  • Regan T; Lambert S; Girgis A; Kelly BJ; Kayser K; Turner J 2012, Do couple-based interventions make a difference for couples affected by cancer?: a systematic review, BMC Cancer
  • Girgis A; Lambert SD; Johnson C; Currow D 2012, APPLYING AN EVIDENCE-BASED APPROACH TO DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION OF RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES FACING ADVANCED CANCER: LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE 'CONSUMER TOOLKIT', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, WILEY-BLACKWELL
  • Tiong SS; Delaney G; Lau A; Koh E-S; Adams D; Bell V; Sapkota P; Harris T; Girgis A; Przezdziecki A 2012, UTILISATION AND ACCEPTABILITY OF AN E-HEALTH STRATEGY TO FACILITATE CARE OF BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS, Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, WILEY-BLACKWELL
  • Mitchell G; Girgis A; Jiwa M; Sibbritt D; Burridge L 2012, Using General Practitioners to Provide Systematic Care for the Primary Lay Carers of People with Advanced Cancer: A Randomized Controlled Trial, Journal of Palliative Care, CENTRE RECHERCHE INSTITUT UNIV GERIATRIE MONTREAL
  • Butow P; Aldridge L; Bell M; Sze M; Eisenbruch M; Jefford M; Schofield P; Girgis A; Goldstein D; King MT 2012, Inferior quality of life and psychological well-being in immigrant cancer survivors, Quality of Life Research, SPRINGER
  • Chambers SK; Newton RU; Girgis A; Nielsen L; Lepore S; Mihalopoulos C; Gardiner RA; Galvao DA; Occhipinti S 2011, Living with prostate cancer: Randomised controlled trial of a multimodal supportive care intervention for men with prostate cancer, BMC Cancer, Biomed Central Ltd
  • Boyes AW; D'Este C; Zucca AC; Girgis A 2011, Flourishing or floundering? Prevalence and correlates of anxiety and depression among a population-based sample of adult cancer survivors 6 months after diagnosis, Journal of Affective Disorders, Elsevier Science BV
  • Clark K; Girgis A; Currow D 2011, Palliative care of people with oesophageal cancer, Cancer Forum, Australian Cancer Society, Inc
  • Girgis A; Stojanovski E; Boyes AW; King M; Lecathelinais C 2011, The next generation of the supportive care needs survey: a brief screening tool for administration in the clinical oncology setting, Psycho-Oncology, John Wiley & Sons
  • Johnson C; Girgis A; Paul C; Currow DC; Adams J; Aranda S 2011, Australian palliative care providers' perceptions and experiences of the barriers and facilitators to palliative care provision, Supportive Care in Cancer, Springer
  • Girgis A; Linden W 2011, Psychological treatment outcomes for cancer patients: what do meta-analyses tell us about distress reduction?, Psycho-Oncology, John Wiley & Sons
  • Zucca A; Boyes AW; Newling G; Hall A; Girgis A 2011, Travelling all over the countryside: Travel-related burden and financial difficulties reported by cancer patients in New South Wales and Victoria, The Australian Journal of Rural Health, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
  • James E; Stacey F; Chapman K; Lubans DR; Asprey G; Sundquist K; Boyes AW; Girgis A 2011, Exercise and nutrition routine improving cancer health (ENRICH): The protocol for a randomized efficacy trial of a nutrition and physical activity program for adult cancer survivors and carers, BMC Public Health, Biomed Central Ltd
  • Short C; James E; Plotnikoff RC; Girgis A 2011, Efficacy of tailored-print interventions to promote physical activity: a systematic review of randomised trials, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, BioMed Central
  • Lambert S; Pallant J; Girgis A 2011, Rasch analysis of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale among caregivers of cancer survivors: implications for its use in psycho-oncology, Psycho-Oncology, John Wiley & Sons
  • Girgis A; Lambert S; Lecathelinais C 2011, The supportive care needs survey for partners and caregivers of cancer survivors: development and psychometric evaluation, Psycho-Oncology, John Wiley & Sons
  • Waller A; Girgis A; Johnson C; Lecathelinais C; Sibbritt D; Seldon M; Bonaventura T; Currow DC 2011, Implications of a needs assessment intervention for people with progressive cancer: Impact on clinical assessment, response and service utilisation, Psycho-Oncology, John Wiley & Sons
  • Bonevski B; Paul C; D''este C; Sanson-Fisher R; West R; Girgis A; Siahpush M; Carter R 2011, RCT of a client-centred, caseworker-delivered smoking cessation intervention for a socially disadvantaged population, BMC Public Health, Biomed Central Ltd
  • Turner J; Kelly B; Girgis A 2011, Supporting oncology health professionals: a review, Psycho-Oncology, John Wiley & Sons
  • Tzelepis F; Paul C; Wiggers J; Walsh RA; Knight J; Duncan S; Lecathelinais C; Girgis A; Daly J 2011, A randomised controlled trial of proactive telephone counselling on cold-called smokers' cessation rates, Tobacco Control, B M J Publishing Group
  • Burridge LH; Mitchell G; Jiwa M; Girgis A 2011, Consultation etiquette in general practice: a qualitative study of what makes it different for lay cancer caregivers, BMC Family Practice
  • Bonevski B; Magin P; Horton G; Foster M; Girgis A 2011, Response rates in GP surveys Trialling two recruitment strategies, Australian Family Physician, Australian College of General Practitioners
  • Johnson C; Paul C; Girgis A; Adams J; Currow DC 2011, Australian general practitioners' and oncology specialists' perceptions of barriers and facilitators of access to specialist palliative care services, Journal of Palliative Medicine, Mary Ann Liebert Inc
  • 2011, "From inside the bubble: migrants' perceptions of communication with the cancer Team", Supportive Care in Cancer, Springer, Germany, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 281-290
  • Saunders C; Girgis A 2011, Enriching health research through consumer involvement learning through atypical exemplars, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, Australian Health Promotion Association
  • Linden W; Girgis A 2011, PSYCHOLOGICAL TREATMENT OUTCOMES FOR SCREENED CANCER PATIENTS: WHAT DO META-ANALYSES TELL US?, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, SPRINGER
  • Butow PN; Sze M; Dugal-beri P; Mikhail M; Eisenbruch M; Jefford M; Schofield P; Girgis A; king M; Goldstein D 2010, From inside the bubble: Migrants' perceptions of communication with the cancer tea, Supportive Care in Cancer, Springer
  • Mitchell G; Girgis A; Jiwa M; Sibbritt D; Burridge LH 2010, A GP Caregiver Needs Toolkit versus normal care in the management of the needs of caregivers of patients with advanced cancer: a randomized controlled trial, Trials, BioMed Central
  • Saunders C; Girgis A 2010, Status, challenges and facilitators of consumer involvement in Australian health and medical research, Health Research Policy and Systems, BioMed Central
  • Johnson C; Girgis A; Paul C; Currow DC 2010, Australian general practitioners and oncology specialists perceptions of barriers and facilitators of access to specialist palliative care services, Journal of Palliative Medicine, Mary Ann Liebert Inc
  • Au A; Lam W; Kwong A; Suen D; Tsang J; Yeo WP; Suen J; Ho W; Yau T; Soong I 2010, Validation of the Chinese version of the short-form supportive care needs survey questionnaire, Psycho-Oncology, John Wiley & Sons
  • Hansen V; Girgis A 2010, Can a single question effectively screen for burnout in Australian cancer care workers?, BMC Health Services Research, Biomed Central Ltd
  • Paul C; Meech K; Judd T; Walsh R; Tang AH; Penman A; Girgis A 2010, Anywhere, anytime: Retail access to tobacco in NSW and its potential impact on consumption and quitting, Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier
  • Waller A; Girgis A; Lecathelinais C; Scott W; Foot L; Sibbritt D; Currow DC 2010, Validity, reliability and clinical feasibility of a Needs Assessment Tool for people with progressive cancer, Psycho-Oncology, John Wiley & Sons
  • Francis K; Dobbinson S; Wakefield AJ; Girgis A 2010, Solarium use in Australia, recent trends and context, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, Public Health Association Australia Inc
  • Waller A; Girgis A; Johnson C; Mitchell G; Yates P; Kristjanson L; Tattersall MH; Lecathelinais C; Sibbritt D; Kelly B 2010, Facilitating needs based cancer care for people with a chronic disease: Evaluation of an intervention using a multi-centre interrupted time series, BMC Palliative Care
  • Jiwa M; Mitchell G; Sibbritt D; Girgis A; Burridge LH 2010, Addressing the needs of caregivers of cancer patients in general practice: A complex intervention, Quality in Primary Care
  • Zucca A; Boyes AW; Lecathelinais C; Girgis A 2010, Life is precious and Im making the best of it: coping strategies of long-term cancer survivors, Psycho-Oncology, John Wiley & Sons
  • Kilbreath SL; Girgis A; Stacey F; Lee T; Black D 2010, Unmet Needs among Women with Breast Cancer Who Develop Lymphedema: A Population-Based Study, Cancer Research, AMER ASSOC CANCER RESEARCH

E1 - Conference Abstract

  • Chroinin DN, Goldsbury D, O'Connell DL, Beveridge A, Davidson P, Girgis A, Ingham N, Phillips JL, Wilkinson A, Ingham J 2015, Hospital services utilisation amongst older patients in the last year of life: a New South Wales (NSW) population-based study, WILEY-BLACKWELL, vol. 34, pp. 66-67
  • Chroinin DN, Goldsbury D, O'Connell DL, Beveridge A, Davidson P, Girgis A, Ingham N, Phillips JL, Wilkinson A, Ingham J 2015, Patterns of hospital-based healthcare use amongst dementia patients in their last year of life in New South Wales (NSW), WILEY-BLACKWELL, vol. 34, p. 22
  • Lambert S, Beatty L, McElduff P, Levesque J, Lawsin C, Turner J, Jacobsen P, Girgis A 2015, Evaluations of written self-administered psychosocial interventions to improve psychosocial and physical outcomes among adults with chronic health conditions: a meta-analysis, WILEY-BLACKWELL, vol. 24, p. 73
  • Galvao DA, Newton RU, Gardiner RA, Girgis A, Lepore S, Stiller A, Mihalopolous C, Occhipinti SS, Chambers SK 2015, Australian prostate cancer survivors compliance to contemporary aerobic and resistance exercise oncology guidelines and associations with psychological distress, unmet supportive care needs and quality of life., Annual Meeting of the American-Society-of-Clinical-Oncology (ASCO), AMER SOC CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, vol. 33, no. 15

Awards

  • 2013 Paper of the year: Health Services and Epidemiological, South Western Sydney Clinical School, UNSW Medicine, UNSW; Some things change, some things stay the same: A longitudinal analysis of cancer caregivers' unmet supportive care needs.

Grants

  • 2018 Difficult Discussions: Helping adolescents and young adults to voice their choices at end-of-life Sansom-Daly, UM*; Wakefield, CE*; Cohn, RJ*; Wiener, L; Girgis, A*; Sanson-Fisher, R^; Patterson, P; Anazodo, AC*; Jaffe, A*; Donovan, L; Matigian, B; Lindsay, T; O'Dwyer, C; Maguire, F; Drew, D^; HCF HEALTH AND MEDICAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION.
  • 2018 ACRF OASIS Centre for Optimal Cancer Survivorship Delaney, GP*; Girgis, A*; Agar, MR*; Bensoussan, A; Koh, E*; Knight, AW*; Bray, V; Australian Cancer Research Foundation.
  • 2016 Controlled trial of a decision aid for ulcerative colitis patients: Enhancing patients quality of life, empowerment, quality of decision making and disease control Connor, SJ*; Girgis, A*; Andrews, J; Spiegel, C; Gastroenterological Society of Australia.
  • 2016 Development and implementation of real-world, sustainable, interventions to prevent chronic physical and mental health conditions in paediatric cancer survivors and their families. Wakefield, CE*; Cohn, RJ*; Girgis, A*; Butow, P; King, M; Patterson, P; Wallace, H; Sansom-Daly, U^; Cancer Council NSW.
  • 2016 early-mid career fellowship - health service and systems design ; NSW Health.
  • 2015 A sustainable and supported clinical pathway for managing anxiety and depression in cancer patients: Developing and evaluating components and testing implementation strategies Butow, P; Andrews, JG*; Girgis, A*; Kelly, B; Hack, T; Clayton, J; Price, M; Beale, P; Viney, RC^; Kirsten, L; University of Sydney.
  • 2015 Breaking The Silence Around End-Of-Life: Pilot Testing A New Advance Care Planning Guide For Adolescents And Young Adults With Cancer Sansom-Daly, UM*; Wakefield, CE*; Cohn, RJ*; Girgis, A*; Donovan, LA*; Wiener, L; Sanson-Fisher, R^; Patterson, P; Anazodo, A; Drew, D^; Australian and New Zealand Children's Haematology & Oncology Group (ANZCHOG).
  • 2015 Critical illness in children: Can we afford to neglect the psychosocial risks? The impact, acceptability, and cost-effectiveness of routine psychosocial assessment and stepped care for families of infants with heart disease Kasparian, NA*; Austin, M*; Girgis, A*; Schofield, D; Sholler, G; Winlaw, D; NATIONAL HEALTH & MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL.
  • 2014 A multicentre phase II randomised controlled trial of a parent/carer-targeted intervention to improve quality of life in families of young cancer survivors. Wakefield, CE*; Cohn, RJ*; Girgis, A*; McCarthy, M; Grootenhuis, M; Sansom-Daly, UM*; Cancer Australia.
  • 2014 Centre for Oncology Education and Research Translation (CONCERT) De Souza, PL*; Barton, MB*; Lee, S; Girgis, A*; Delaney, GP*; Bokey, L; Ranson, M; Kienzle, N*; Jones, G; Cancer Institute NSW.
  • 2012 Communication skills training for oncology health care professionals working with culturally and linguistically diverse patients Meiser, B*; Girgis, A*; Butow, P; Hale, SB*; South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD).
  • 2012 Coping-Together: A randomised controlled trial of a self-directed coping skills intervention for patients with cancer and their partners. Girgis, A*; Lambert, S^; Turner, M; McElduff, P; Kayser, K; Mihalopoulos, C; NATIONAL HEALTH & MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL.
  • 2012 Feasibility study of an integrated, patient-centered psychosocial care model for patients with urological and head and neck cancers. Girgis, A*; Cancer Institute NSW.
  • 2012 Translational Cancer Research Unit Psycho-oncology Scholarship. Girgis, A*; Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research.
  • 2011 RCT of a Self-directed Coping Skills Intervention for Patients with Cancer and their Partners. Girgis, A*; Lambert, S^; NATIONAL HEALTH & MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL.
  • Understanding and addressing the training needs of clinicians to improve end-of-life care for adolescents and young adults with cancer worldwide Ursula Margaret Sansom-Daly; Lori Wiener; Anne-Sophie Darlington; Hanneke Poort; Abby Rosenberg; Meaghann Weaver; Jennifer Mack; Joan Haase; Celeste Phillips-Salimi; Karen Wernli; Claire Elizabeth Wakefield; Afaf Girgis; CanTeen.