2016 Award Winners Announced

April 14th, 2016 in Board in Action

The International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) is honored to announce its award winners for 2016. The winners will be presented their awards at the International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN) 2016, September 4-7, 2016 in Hong Kong, China.

ISNCC also thanks all those who submitted nominations.

Distinguished Merit Award – Sanchia Aranda


The Distinguished Merit Award is offered once every two years in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the international advancement of the science and art of cancer nursing, if warranted. ISNCC is pleased to announce Sanchia Aranda as this year’s winner of the Distinguished Merit Award.

Professor Sanchia Aranda is the CEO of Cancer Council Australia. She has more than 30 years’ experience in cancer control as a clinician, researcher, educator and senior healthcare administrator. From her early career as a Registered Nurse in New Zealand she specialized in cancer and palliative care, completing a Bachelor of Applied Science, a Master of Nursing and a doctoral thesis exploring nurse-patient relationships in cancer and palliative care. She has extensive experience in health-system administration and most recently was Director of Cancer Services and Information and Deputy CEO at the Cancer Institute NSW.

Professor Aranda is President-Elect of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and a former President of ISNCC. As well as being a research fellow at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, she holds academic appointments at the School of Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, and the Faculty of Nursing, University of Sydney.

Widely published in Australian and international health literature, Professor Aranda has also conducted research reviews for the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council, Cancer Councils, state nursing boards and private sector research funding bodies. As CEO of Australia’s top non-government cancer control organization, Professor Aranda is a strong independent voice on evidence-based cancer control. She is engaged in all fields of cancer from primary prevention through to survivorship and advanced care, and has a particular professional interest in improved ways to care for and support cancer patients. She is also a regular commentator on cancer issues in Australian media.

Professor Aranda’s role in cancer control has been recognized nationally and internationally, and in 2013 she was named the 4th Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Distinguished Fellow for her contributions to cancer nursing.

The Distinguished Merit award will be presented by the ISNCC President to Professor Aranda at the ICCN 2016 in Hong Kong, China, during the Distinguished Merit Award Session on Tuesday September 6, 2016 at 4.40pm – 5.30pm. Professor Aranda will present a 30 minute lecture on the awarded activities.

Past Presidents’ Award – Naomi Oyoe Ohene Oti

Naomi Ohene Oti

This award was given for the first time at the biennial conference of the ISNCC in the year 2000. It is given in recognition of a cancer nurse from a low or middle income country who has initiated and sustained a program of cancer care in her/his country which has been in place for three or more years and has the potential for replication or adaptation beyond the country’s borders. ISNCC is pleased to announce Naomi Oyoe Ohene Oti as this year’s winner of the Past Presidents’ Award.

Naomi has been working in the field of oncology for the past fourteen years. She leads oncology nursing training at the National Centre for Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine in Korle Bu, Ghana. She has been pivotal in oncology nursing education at her facility and in Ghana. In 2002 Naomi travelled to the Mayo Clinic in the USA where she was trained in the coordination of clinical trials. In this role, she identified and learned the critical role of the oncology nurse and its impact on delivery of quality care to cancer patients. The Mayo program inspired her to pursue formal training in oncology. Naomi used her training to institute a variety of in-house training programs that have enabled nurses to deliver quality cancer care. Naomi is now the focal person for oncology nursing training for Ghana’s Ministry of Health. In 2014 and 2015 she was among a team of specialists who developed the Postgraduate Clinical Oncology Nurse Specialist curriculum for the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives. Naomi was also a recipient of an ISNCC conference scholarship to 13th ICCN 2004 in Sydney, Australia.

The Past Presidents’ Award will be presented by the ISNCC Immediate Past President at ICCN 2016 in Hong Kong, China, during the Closing Address on Wednesday September 7, 2016 at 3.00pm – 3.30pm

Robert Tiffany Lectureship 
This lectureship was created to keep alive and honor the memory of Robert Tiffany, founding member and President of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care. Robert Tiffany was the initiator of the Biennial International Conference on Cancer Nursing. Robert Tiffany was an inspiration to many nurses around the world and the intention of the named lecture is to honor those who have a similar capacity to inspire cancer nurses of today and of the future.

ISNCC is pleased to announce Myrna McLaughlin-Anderson as this year’s winner of the Robert Tiffany Lectureship.

Myrna McLaughlin de Anderson Photo

Myrna is a Senior Advisor in the Panama Ministry of Health and has almost thirty years of experience in cancer nursing. She is also a Professor of Nursing at the University of Panama, where she teach several courses pre-graduate and post-graduate courses in the School of Nursing including Adult Health, Cancer Prevention and Epidemiology, Chemotherapy and Palliative care. In 2008, she the received ISNCC’s Past Presidents’ Award in recognition of the development of Asociacion HOSPES Pro-cuidado Paliativo, a Palliative Care program in Panama. From 2009-2011, Myrna was as the advisor to the Vice-Minister of Health. From that position, she was an integral component of the commission that developed the National Program of Palliative care and the National Plan for Cancer Prevention and Control. In 2013, the Mayor of the City of Panama awarded Myrna the Key of the City in recognition of her career treating cancer patients and promoting cancer nursing education.

The Robert Tiffany Lectureship will be held at the ICCN 2016 in Hong Kong, China on Monday September 5, 2016 at 8.25am – 9.00am during the Official Opening & Keynote session. The Robert Tiffany Lectureship recipient will be invited to present a 40 minute lecture as outlined above.