Lymphoma Care Nurse Team

We are here to provide awareness, advocacy, support & education to Australians affected by lymphoma & CLL.

Contact the nurse team: T1800 953 081 or email: nurse@lymphoma.org.au

Donna Gairns

Based in Melbourne , Victoria, Australia

National Nurse Manager

Donna.gairns@lymphoma.org.au

Donna has over 25 years of experience as a Registered Nurse, specialising in Haematology and Oncology nursing after gaining her degree at Victoria University of Technology in 1995. Starting her career at St Vincent’s Hospital Oncology/Haematology unit in Melbourne, she then worked for 2 years at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. Donna then worked at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre for over 17 years in a variety of clinical settings giving her experience in many treatment modalities including, Haematology and Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation; Chemotherapy Day Unit (Associate Nurse Manager, Specialist Nurse Coordinator & Nurse Educator); Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Nurse Consultant within the Victorian & Tasmanian AYA Cancer Service at Peter Mac.

In 2017, started a new role as the AYA Clinical Nurse Consultant at Epworth Health, Richmond (Melbourne) where she set up a new service at the hospital for 15-25 years old cancer patients part-time, before joining the Lymphoma Australia team in 2017 as the National Nurse Manager, also part-time. Donna has helped to grow Lymphoma Australia’s profile and nurse program since joining the team. Donna commenced a full-time position as the National Nurse Director, since July 2019.

National Committee & Professional Membership:

  • eviQ Haematology, Lymphoma and CLL Reference Committee Member
  • Victorian Nurse, Haematology Society of Australia & NZ (HSANZ) committee Member
  • National AYA Nurse Committee member – Cancer Nurse Society of Australia

Post Graduate Study:

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Oncology & Palliative Care: Melbourne University (2011)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Adolescent Health & Wellbeing (Oncology Stream): Melbourne University (2015)

Rebecca Beck

Based in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Lymphoma Care Nurse – New South Wales

Rebecca.beck@lymphoma.org.au

Samantha has over 25 years of experience as a Registered Nurse after she gained her degree in Durban, South Africa in 1994. Samantha has worked in a number of clinical areas including intensive care, coronary care, haematology, oncology and infusion medicine. She has also worked as a nurse educator in multiple pharmaceutical companies delivering peer to peer nurse education. She specialised in areas such as neuroscience, haematology and oncology. Samantha joined the Lymphoma Australia team in February 2020 and works full-time representing Queensland and special projects.

Professional Membership:

  • Member of the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia
  • Member of the Haematology Society of Australia & New Zealand
  • Immunoglobulin National Society
  • MS Nurses Australia

Samantha Ormerod

Based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Lymphoma Care Nurse – Queensland

Samantha.ormerod@lymphoma.org.au

Rebecca has over 20 years of experience as a Registered Nurse, specialising in Malignant Haematology. Rebecca gained her degree at the University of Technology, Sydney in 1999. She started her career gaining clinical experience at St George Hospital and University College Hospital, London. She has worked in a number of roles including Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplant, and as a Lymphoma Research Nurse Specialist. Returning to Australia in 2010 she worked as a Clinical Nurse Consultant in the Haematology Clinical Research Unit at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Before starting her role with Lymphoma Australia, Rebecca was a Nurse Educator within the pharmaceutical industry.

Post Graduate study:

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing: NSW College of Nursing (2002)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care: City, University of London (2008)

Lymphoma Care Nurses - we are here to help

All Australians affected by lymphoma/CLL can have access to a specialist lymphoma care nurse, regardless of where they live across Australia

  • Lymphoma nurse special interest group – welcome to all cancer nurses & healthcare professionals to join so as to keep you updated
  • Support and advice for patients, carers and healthcare professionals – via phone support line & online peer support groups
  • Help patients to navigate the healthcare system from pre-diagnosis, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, relapse & living with lymphoma
  • Education resources; fact sheets, booklets & video presentations
  • Education events & webinars about the latest information in lymphoma/CLL for patients, families and healthcare professionals
  • e-Newsletters for patients, carers and healthcare professionals
  • Advocacy for lymphoma patients for the best treatments, care and access to clinical trials
  • Advocate on behalf of the Australian lymphoma community through national & international organisations
  • Promote awareness about the 80 plus subtypes of lymphoma
  • Attend national & international conferences to keep you updated on latest lymphoma news

Background

Lymphoma Care Nurses are located around the country to provide awareness, advocacy, support and education to all who are affected by lymphoma or chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) across Australia. We offer this support for patients, their loved ones and health care professionals who care for them.

We recognise that lymphoma is often complicated to understand as there are over 80 different subtypes, that all have different characteristics, treatment and management. There have recently been many new, exciting improvements in the management of lymphoma/CLL and many new treatments have been made available to Australians who have been diagnosed with this disease.

It is not only challenging for patients and their families who may not have ever heard of lymphoma, but it can also be challenging for healthcare professionals caring for lymphoma patients. There is so much to know and some subtypes of lymphoma are very rare. It is therefore important to keep up to date with the latest information on lymphoma or CLL, to know where to find reliable and current information and access to resources to both educate your patients, but also to keep you informed. Lymphoma Care nurses are here to help support you with this challenge.

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