Our People

Vanessa Beesley

Associate Professor | Senior Research Officer

Population Health Department



Associate Professor Vanessa Beesley is a behavioural scientist and who holds a Bachelor of Public Health, a First Class Honours Degree in Epidemiology and a PhD in Psycho-Oncology. She has dedicated over a decade to working in the specialised field of ‘patient-reported outcomes’ in cancer research. She is passionate about person-centred care and meeting peoples supportive care needs. Her work spans across many tumour streams including patients and carers affected by ovarian, endometrial, pancreatic, colorectal cancer, neuroendocrine tumours and melanoma.

A/Prof Beesley is or has been a chief investigator of 13 patient-reported outcomes studies funded through major national grants or specialist agencies. She has published over 60 scientific articles, co-written a manual on methods of data analysis, given ~20 national or international conference presentations, workshops or symposiums and held multiple Cancer Australia contracts to provide recommendations to government.

A/Prof Beesley is a founding member of the Queensland Collaborative for Cancer Survivorship which focuses on developing and evaluating health innovations. Through this collaborative and a board approved partnership with Australia’s leading pancreatic cancer organisation, A/Prof Beesly has developed a translational program of work assessing real world implementation of a nation-wide support service for families faced with pancreatic cancer. Her other main focus is on women with ovarian cancer. In this endeavour, she leads the patient-reported outcomes arm of the national Ovarian Cancer Prognosis and Lifestyle (OPAL) Study. Her OPAL work has been translated into Cancer Council hosted educational webinars for health professionals and into a learning program for general practitioners.



2015-current: Senior Research Officer, Population Health Department

2018-current: Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)



2008-2018: Honorary Fellow, School of Public Health and Social Work (SPHSW), QUT

2007-2015: Research Officer, Population Health Department, QIMR Berghofer






Associate Professor Beesley is a chief investigator on the following studies and trials

  • PRoCESS: Pancreatic cancer Relatives Counselling and Education Support Service trial
  • OPAL– Ovarian cancer Prognosis And Lifestyle study
  • PMP-QoL– Primary Melanoma Project – Quality of Life study
  • ECHO– Exercise during CHemotherapy for Ovarian cancer trial
  • CHANNEL – Care of Head And Neck cancer Needs EvaLuation study



Associate Professor Vanessa Beesley has:

  • Been awarded ~$800,000 of NHMRC funding as the lead investigator of a major national telehealth trial.
  • Held multiple Cancer Australia contracts (totalling $150,000) as the lead investigator to provide recommendations to government about how to improve cancer care.
  • Been awarded additional seed funding ($150,000) as the lead investigator of 2 pilot intervention trials and 1 methods study.
  • Been a chief investigator of 10 other studies funded through major national grants or specialist agencies (4 NHMRC, 2 ARC, 2 Cancer Australia, 1 Cancer Council Queensland and 1 Christie NHS Foundation Trust) totalling awards of $6,650,000.
  • Published over 60 scientific articles.
  • Co-written a manual on methods of data analysis in longitudinal studies.
  • Given ~20 national or international conference presentations, workshops or symposiums.
  • Been a founding and elected executive member of the Queensland Collaborative for Cancer Survivorship.



  • Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG): since 2007
  • Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA): since 2010
  • Australian New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (ANZGOG): since 2010
  • Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC): since 2016



2019: Winner of the Best of the Best Epidemiology Orals at the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting

2008-2013: NHMRC Early Career Award

2006: QUT Write-up Award

2003: Postgraduate Research Student Award for Outstanding Contribution

2002-2005: QUT Postgraduate Research Award

2000: QUT Honours Award



2007: PhD (Psycho-oncology), Queensland University of Technology, Australia

2000: B.A. (Health Science), Hons (First Class), Queensland University of Technology, Australia

1999: B.A. (Health Science), Public Health, Queensland University of Technology, Australia