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Lymphoma Care Nurses

Patient Carol with Nurse Donna

Our Lymphoma Care Nurses are here to help you from diagnosis, through treatment and into survivorship.

Everyone’s Lymphoma and CLL experience is different. Our Lymphoma Care Nurses will be there to help patients and their families to navigate the health system, access the most up to date information about their lymphoma and treatments and to take the fear of the unknown out of the lymphoma journey. 

The key roles of a Lymphoma Care Nurse are:     

  • Provision of education and support to lymphoma patients and their families including lymphoma treatment related information, emotional support, access to support groups, referrals to allied health professionals, addressing fertility issues and implanting survivorship programs
  • Development of education initiatives including resources for patients about treatment and supportive care
  • Supporting patients to access new treatments and clinical trials
  • Lymphoma Care Nurse Support Line is a free call for anyone in Australia
  • For any medical issues or emergencies call your medical team or dial '000" for an ambulance.

 

Lymphoma Care Nurse Support Line 1800 953 081

Monday to Friday during business hours (9am - 5pm AEST)

OR Email nurse@lymphoma.org.au 

Join our dedicated closed Facebook group Lymphoma Down Under for patients and carers

Meet the Lymphoma Care Nurse Team

Donna Gairns

National Nurse Director. Based in Melbourne (National remit), Victoria, Australia

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

Rebecca Beck

Lymphoma Care Nurse – New South Wales. Based in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Rebecca.beck@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

Rebecca Needer

Lymphoma Care Nurse – Queensland. Based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Rebekah.needer@lymphoma.org.au

Rebekah gained her bachelor’s degree in nursing at the Australian Catholic University in Brisbane, 2014. Rebekah started her career on the Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplant ward at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital (RBWH). She then expanded her skill set by undertaking a role on the oncology outpatient department at the RBWH, while in this position she relieved in the Clinical Nurse role for the Geriatric Oncology service. Since 2018, Rebekah joined the nursing team on the Bone Marrow Transplant Ward at the Queensland Children’s Hospital part-time. Rebekah has maintained this position when she joined the Lymphoma Australia team, also part-time, where she represents Queensland.

 

Samantha Ormerod

Lymphoma Care Nurse – Queensland. Based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Samantha.ormerod@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

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