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Dr. Pammie Ellem

RN, MN (Breast Cancer), PhD
Industry Liaison Educator & Lecturer.
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences
Centre for Regional Economies and Supply Chains
Building 3 - G 54
About Me

Pammie Ellem is an experienced Registered Nurse and Specialist Breast Care Nurse who has always been passionate about oncology care/cancer nursing in regional, rural and remote areas. Having grown up in rural QLD, Pammie understands first-hand issues and strengths created by the tyranny of distance experienced by those living in rural and remote areas. Additionally, Pammie has experience in rural family support and telehealth which compliment service delivery to isolated communities of which she is a strong advocate.

Another key interest of Pammie’ s is engaging clinicians in research, enabling fellow clinicians to become involved in research and higher education, not only for their own benefit but for the benefit of the patients in their care. The nursing profession needs more researchers at the bedside. Pammie is currently supporting HDR students at CQU. Pammie is also engaged in research regarding Aged Care and issues affecting regional, rural and remote health clinicians.

As Industry Liaison Educator Academic and Lecturer, Pammie is able to combine her interests of regional, rural and remote care within her role to assist in providing an enriched pathway for tomorrow’s nurses and today's clinicians.

Universities Studied At

2000 - Breast Cancer Distance Education Program, La Trobe University.

2004 - Master of Nursing (Breast Cancer), University of Southern Queensland.

2005 - Research Methodology for Human Sciences, University of Southern Queensland.

2013 - 2018 PhD 'Professional challenges and support mechanisms for Breast Cancer Nurses in regional, rural and remote Queensland". CQUniversity, Bundaberg.

Universities Worked At

2002 - 2003     Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE, Lecturer

2004 - 2005     Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE, Development of two units, Diploma of Nursing

2005 - 2006    University of Southern Queensland, Casual Lecturer, Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-registration) and Marking

2014 - 2016     CQUniversity, Casual Marking

2016 -             Australian College of Nursing, Tutor, Breast Cancer Care Modules. Career Coach

2016 -             CQUniversity, Industry Liaison Educator and Lecturer (Academic)


2003 Commonwealth Centenary Medal for Distinguished Services to The Queensland Cancer Fund

2002 Staff Recognition Award for Teamwork and Partnering.

(State award from Department of Employment and Training)

2000 The Queensland Cancer Fund Queensland
Nurse of the Year

1997 Red Cross Young Ambassador for Queensland


Professional Experience

INSTITUTION CQUniversityQHealth, Bundaberg. EXPERIENCE AND TITLEIndustry Liaison Educator (Academic) Telehealth Coordinator CNC DATE November 2016 June 2014 – Nov 2016.
Australian College of Nursing Tutor / Marking, Breast Cancer Care Modules Feb 2016 -
CQU, Bundaberg. Casual Marking contract. March – June 2014 & 2015
St Vincent’s Hospital, Toowoomba Breast Cancer Care Coordinator (Clinical Nurse Coordinator) August 2006 -2012
University of Southern Queensland Casual Lecturer, Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-Registration) July 2005 – December 2006
Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE Lecturer, Health Studies March-August 2005
Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE Development of two units, Diploma of Nursing September 2004 – March 2005
Queensland Bush Nursing Association, Cecil Plains Clinical Nurse (Level 3.4) January 2003 – December 2004
Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE Lecturer, Diploma of Nursing
(Distance Education)
February 2002 – April 2003
Breast Screen Toowoomba Clinical Nurse September 2001 – February 2002
Queensland Health Roma Mobile Women’s Health Nurse, CNC July 1998 – September 2001

Professional Memberships

Royal College of Nursing    Member        2002 - continuing

Cancer Nurses Society of Australia        2009 - continuing

Queensland Oncology Nurses Group     2002 - 2012


Cancer Nurses Society of Australia     Chair - Queensland Regional group 2017 - 2018

Cancer Nurses Society of Australia     Research committee member        2018 - continuing

Cancer Nurses Society of Australia     Director on National Board            2018 - continuing

Professional Interests

Research: (Breast Cancer, Aged Care, Professional Development, Regional Rural & Remote practice) 

Career Mentorship

Reviewer for Nursing journals (AJCN, Collegian, Rural and Remote Health)

Key Achievements



Scholarship by Breast Cancer Association of QLD for PhD Study – 4 years. Ralph Polo Lauren Scholarship to attend CNSA Winter Congress, Gold Coast.
2003 Palliative Care Nursing Program, QLD Cancer Fund.
2002 Travel bursary to attend The Sanantonio Breast Cancer Symposium, Texas, USA and to visit The Great Western Hospital, Edinburgh, UK.
1999. Distance Education Breast Cancer Care Program, La Trobe University, Breast Cancer Association of QLD.

Consultancy Work

Consultant to Breast and Prostate Cancer Association of QLD (rolling out model of peer support to Breast Cancer Care Nurses across regional, rural and remote QLD)

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 4205 Nursing

At the level of Associate Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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Research Interests
Medical And Health Sciences

Nursing - Aged Care Nursing
Support of Clinical Placements, enhancing engagement with Aged Care facilities.

Medical And Health Sciences

Nursing - Nursing not elsewhere classified
Support of Regional, Rural and Remote Nurses in their practice

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