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  • Head, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, QUT - Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI)
  • Director, Centre for Palliative Care Research & Education, Queensland Health


PhD (University of Queensland), MSocSc (University of Queensland), BA (University of Queensland), DipAppSc (Queensland Inst. of Technology)

Professional memberships and associations

  • President-elect, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care
  • Board member, Palliative Care Australia 
  • Council member, COSA
  • Council member, Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network

Current projects/grants

  • NHMRC Project Grant:  2017-2020

A sequential multiple assignment randomized trial (SMART) of nursing interventions to reduce pain associated with chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy.

  • Australian Research Council Discovery Grant:  2015-2017

The changing landscapes of survivorship:  A sociological study of life with cancer.

  • NHMRC Grant:  2013-2018

Centre for Research Excellence in End of Life Care.

  • The Movember Group – True NTH:  2014-2018

TrueNTH solutions:  an integrated multi-component intervention to improve the lives of men with prostate cancer in Australia.

Researcher biography

Professor Yates is jointly appointed as Head, School of Nursing at Queensland University of Technology and Director for Queensland Health’s statewide Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education (CPCRE). She leads a range of research and service improvement programs focused on developing workforce capacity in cancer and palliative care, advancing the management of cancer related symptoms and treatment side effects, and strengthening the nexus between research, policy and practice in cancer care. Patsy has served as member of the Executive Committee of the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia and is currently President of Palliative Care Australia. She was a member of the Executive Committee for the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care from 2004-2012. Patsy has also been a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Queensland since 2008. She is regularly invited to provide expert advice to professional groups and government bodies, and has held ministerial appointments on a number of Boards and Committees for Federal and State Governments. Patsy has received awards in recognition of her research, teaching and service, including being awarded the Tom Reeve Oration Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cancer Care and Life Membership from the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia as well as the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia. In 2010, she was awarded a Citation from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.  Patsy is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and has recently been inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

Areas of research