HSANZ Nurses' Group

HSANZ Nurses GroupThe HSANZ Nurses’ Group (HSANZ-NG) was established in 2007. The group brings together specialist haematology nurses from Australia and New Zealand under the HSANZ umbrella, recognising continuing growth in the nursing stream at the HAA Annual Scientific Meetings and the increasing numbers of nurses wishing to join the Society.

Nurses working in all areas of haematology are encouraged to join HSANZ as Associate Nurse members.

HSANZ Nurses' Group Terms of Reference (74KB)

HSANZ NG Special Practice Networks (SPN)

Posted: 11 February 2015



The Myeloma Special Practice Network has published the following guidelines:
Published December 2017

  1. Myeloma Information Pathway Leaflet, a guide for clinicians (242KB)
  2. Myeloma Nurse Specialist role, a guide for implementation (546KB)
  3. Bortezomib Best Practice, a guide for nurses (576KB)
  4. Tests and Investigations for Multiple Myeloma, a guide for patients and caregivers (797KB)




HSANZ NG Call for Abstracts Blood 2018

Blood 2018 (formerly HAA)
The inaugural Blood 2018 (formerly called HAA) will be held in Brisbane this year from 21st-23rd of October at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.Early bird registration closes 6th September.

Abstracts for Blood 2018 close the 28th of June.

I encourage as many people at possible to submit an abstract. There will be a prize for best presentation and best poster.

For more information on abstract submission, follow the link:http://www.blood2018.com/abstracts/abstracts/



HSANZ - Nurses Group NSW Dinner Meeting Wollongong
Thursday 16 August 2018

All haematology nurses welcome.
Members: free
Non-members: $15
Registration Essential!

Download the flyer and share with your colleagues

Lagoon Restaurant, Stuart Park
George Hanley Drive
North Wollongong

Education Meeting
Arrival from: 6.15pm
Dinner from 6.45pm
Presentations: 7.00-9.00pm including questions
Close: 9.15pm

Presentations and speakers

“Overview of BMT”
Dr Kylie King
Haematologist - Wollongong Hospital

“The Long Haul – supporting rural patients closer to home”
Bill Jansens
Cancer Nurse Practitioner | Illawarra Shoalhaven Cancer & Haematology Network

All haematology nurses welcome.
Members free
Non-members $15

Registration Essential
Please advise any special dietary requirement
RSVP by 10.08.18 to Fran Owen
Transplant Coordinator
Cancer Services, Wollongong Hospital
M: 0423029655
Email: Frances.owen@health.nsw.gov.au

Lagoon Restaurant
Stuart Park
George Hanley Drive
North Wollongong

Kindly supported by:  Celgene and MSD


HSANZ MyeSPN Annual Education Seminar

Myeloma Special Practice Network 3rd Annual Educational Seminar

‘Negotiating the Maze of Myeloma Management’

Friday 31st August 2018,
8.50am - 4.30pm
(Registration from 8.30 am)

Royal Adelaide Hospital
Lecture Theatres 8D 271- 8D 272 (Robson Theatre)
Royal Adelaide Hospital, Port Road, ADELAIDE SA 5000

No cost to attend. Registration Essential.
Download the registration form
Myeloma Special Practice Network Registration Adelaide 31 Aug 2018

Educational Seminar Travel Grants available
There are a limited number of Travel Grants available for this seminar.
Download the MyeSPN Travel Grant Application Form.
Applications close extended to 14 August 2018

Seminar target audience:
Nurses, allied health, pharmacy & registrars with an interest in myeloma.

Program includes:
Plasma cell dyscrasias and the BM environment; Disease related effects & supportive measures; Treatment related effects: cardiac & pulmonary focus;

Myeloma and Related Disease Registry: Real world outcomes; Improving patient outcomes: Multidisciplinary panel discussion; Optimising upfront treatment for MM; Optimising treatment at relapse; HSANZ Myeloma Special Practice Network.

Speakers include:
Prof Andrew Spencer, Haematologist; Dr Cindy Lee, Haematologist; Dr Kate Van Dyke, PhD Myeloma Research Laboratory; Jacqueline Jagger, NP; Tracy King, Myeloma CNC; Jo Gardiner, Myeloma Support Nurse; Dr Peter Hallett, Clin. Psychologist; Alicia Hopper, CN Chemo@Home

Meeting App: myeNURSE
Details / login provided after registration

No cost to attend
Registration essential
Jodie Wood Haematology CNC, Flinders Medical Centre
Tel: 08 8204 7401

Download the Registration form
Myeloma Special Practice Network Registration Adelaide 31 Aug 2018

Educational Seminar Travel Grants
There are a limited number of Travel Grants available for this seminar.
Download the MyeSPN Travel Grant Application Form.
Applications close extended to 14 August 2018

For more information please contact
Tracy King
: Tracy.king1@health.nsw.gov.au

Kindly supported by: Amgen, Celgene, Janssen, Takeda



HSANZ NG Memorandum of Understanding with the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia

The HSANZ Nurses Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia to establish a professional affiliation. The MOU articulates a relationship based on a common commitment to optimise outcomes for the health care of the community affected by cancer and for cancer control initiatives.

Cancer Nurses Society of Australia 21st Annual Congress
Dates: 21-23 June 2018
Venue: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Positions Available

Clinical Research Nurse, oncology/haematology (Victoria)
Epworth Freemasons (East Melbourne)
Full-time postion

Closing Date: 5 June 2018
Download: Job Description
To apply use this link: Epworths

Epworth Freemasons is seeking a full time Clinical Research Nurse, oncology/haematology unit, located close to parks, CBD and transport

The Role

Epworth Freemasons are seeking a motivated full-time Clinical Research Nurse with well-developed multitasking and prioritisation skills and a high level of attention to detail.

The role requires empathy and the ability to communicate and engage with a range of stakeholders including patients and medical staff. The Clinical Research Nurse will work closely with the oncology/haematology unit to coordinate and manage patients involved in clinical trials whilst working towards providing a seamless patient journey.

This position will suit an individual with a can-do attitude and strong work ethic, who wants to be part of a friendly and supportive team operationalising clinical trials within an inpatient unit.

Skills & Experience

Experience in coordinating clinical trials is highly desirable, although not essential. Please refer to the position description for further details

Enquiring about and Applying for this Position
Use this link: Epworths
Download Job Description.


Haematology/Oncology Registered Nurses (Perth)
Linear Clinical Research Limited
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Campus Perth
Full-time, Part-time or Casual for the right candidate

To Apply: Download Job Description and submission details.
Or via https://www.seek.com.au/job/36248406.
Application close 15th of June 2018.

Linear’s Clinical Research Team are currently seeking experienced nurses to support our rapidly expanding services in the field of Haematology & Oncology research. Ideally we are seeking individuals who want a new challenge and have a passion for the development of therapies in this treatment area to improve patient outcomes. We need nurses who are able to work flexible hours and rotate across all shifts to assist with the conduct of our clinical trials in F/T, P/T or casual roles. You will be a delight to work with, diligent, adaptive, use your initiative, handle pressure effectively and enjoy a challenge. You will embrace and exemplify Linear’s guiding principles of ‘thinking creatively, collaborating openly and working carefully’ and seek solutions that will delight your patients, the organisation and clients.

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  1. Manage the clinical trial in the clinic setting. Perform clinical procedures manage and record adverse effects according to the approved protocol and Linear Clinical Research SOP's.
  2. Provide general nursing and pastoral care, monitoring the wellbeing of patients, providing support to family members and liaising with the medical team and taking appropriate actionwhen necessary.
  3. Administer Investigational Products, prescription and concomitant medications via all routes(ie,PO, I.V., IM, SC etc), per legislative requirements and company policy.
  4. Perform and provide training and supervision of non - clinical staff to correctly and safelyperform clinical tasks including, but not limited to blood sampling via cannula, venepuncture,vital signs, ECGs, as well as accurate documentation of adverse events and data.

Skills and Experience:

  1. Currently registered as a Div 1 Nurse registered with AHPRA with no restrictions
  2. Minimum of 3 years post graduation experience
  3. Essential Oncology, Haematology trained, previous experience in a clinical research settingwill be highly regarded, but not essential
  4. Accreditation to administer Chemotherapy agents and manage Central Venous Access Devices
  5. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with patients and healthcare professionals.
  6. Proven initiative, ability to work within a team, as well as autonomously, ability to handle multiple tasks with ease, high attention to detail with excellent time management
  7. Sound knowledge of ICH/GCP advantageous.
  8. Excellent computer literacy. Experience in using Google Apps, Word and Excel.

For more information about Linear Clinical Research, please visit https://www.linear.org.au/

To Apply: Download Job Description and submission details.
Or via https://www.seek.com.au/job/36248406.
Application close 15th of June 2018.




HSANZ-NG Committee

The HSANZ Nurses Group Committee is made up of representatives from Australia and New Zealand. To contact anyone on the current committee please email: nurses@hsanz.org.au and your message will be re-directed to the appropriate representative.


Sam Soggee
President &
VIC representative

MDS/MPD SPN Coordinator;

NUM (Oncology/Haematology
Epworth Freemasons


Elise Button
Vice President &
QLD Representative

PhD Candidate,
Queensland University of Technology
A/Nurse Research - Cancer Care Services
Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital
Herston QLD 4029


Sally Taylor
NSW Representative &
NSW NG Meetings Coordinator

BMT Co-ordinator, RPAH Haematology
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
Camperdown NSW 2050


Bronwen Neely
Treasurer &
Tasmanian Chair

Nurse Unit Manager
Day Chemotherapy Unit and Clinical Trials
Royal Hobart Hospital
GPO Box 1061
Hobart TAS 7001

Nicole Loft
SA/NT Representative

Haematology Nurse Practitioner, MNP
PO Box 3124

Bev Quested
Transfusion Nurse Educator
Transfusion Medicine Service
ARCBS, Adelaide.

Hayley Beer

Myeloma CNC
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and
Manager Nursing and Programs
Myeloma Australia
Richmond VIC 3121

Andrew Steele
WA Rep
Clinical Nurse Manager: Haematology
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
Hospital Avenue
Nedlands WA 6009

David Collins
Special Practice Network
(SPN) Coordinator
Nurse Practitioner, Acute BMT
Department of Clinical Haematology
Westmead Hospital
Westmead NSW 2145

Position Vacant
NZ (SI) Rep

Position Vacant
NZ (NI) Rep




HSANZ-NG publishes a quarterly newsletter, which can be downloaded below.

Past Events and News

HSANZ Nurses Group EHA Travel Grant 2018

Closing date: Closed 22 May 2018
Download the Application

Who can apply?
This grant is open to all nurses who hold associate nurse membership of HSANZ at time of application.

What does the grant include?
One grant of $2500 to go towards expenses to attend EHA on the 14-17 June 2018.
The successful grant winner is responsible for all other associated costs and all logistics relating to attending the meeting.

Who is supporting this Grant?
This grant is supported by funds from HSANZ Nurses Group.

Guidelines/Criteria for applicants

  1. Applicants must be supported by their line manager to obtain leave to attend the congress
  2. Applicants must be current financial associate members of HSANZ NG at the time of application
  3. Applicants should demonstrate their interest for haematology nursing; a high level of enthusiasm & commitment to learning; desire to engage and network with other nurses in haematology; desire & ability to share their knowledge amongst colleagues/ patients
  4. Applicants receiving the grant will be required to provide a short written report after the conference for the HSANZ NG newsletter and present the knowledge they have gained in an appropriate forum
  5. Priority will be given to applicants who have submitted an abstract to EHA 2018

For further information
Contact one of the following HSANZ NG committee members:
Sam Soggee or Elise Button.

Contact details and submission instructions
are available on the HSANZ NG EHA Travel Grant 2018 Application Form

Closing date: 22 May 2018
Download the Application