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Dr Gemma Skaczkowski Research Fellow, Psychology

Gemma is a post-doctoral researcher in psycho-oncology at La Trobe University and the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre at Austin Health. She has previously worked at the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer at Cancer Council Victoria in the patient studies team, on projects examining the experiences and patterns of care for adolescents and young adults with cancer. She completed her PhD in tobacco control and has a strong interest in preventative health behaviours. Her current work examines the supportive care needs of cancer patients and their families, and the effectiveness of programs designed to address these needs. Her work examines these issues at all points in the cancer care pathway, including diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and palliative care. This work aims to improve quality of life and decrease distress for cancer patients, survivors, their carers and families.

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