Cancer Council WA congratulates Prof Sanchia Aranda for being awarded the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) Distinguished Merit Award. This 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.
Prof Sanchia Aranda is a cancer nurse of remarkable international standing. She has over 30 years' experience in cancer control as a clinician, researcher, educator and senior healthcare administrator.
From Prof Aranda's early career as a Registered Nurse in New Zealand she specialised 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. Before being appointed CEO of Cancer Council Australia in August 2015, Prof Aranda was the Director of Cancer Services and Information and Deputy CEO at the Cancer Institute NSW, leading state-wide and national initiatives to address inequity in cancer outcomes.
As CEO of Australia's peak non-government cancer control organisation, Prof 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.
Prof Aranda international leadership has been well demonstrated through her directorships for the ISNCC and Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). She served on the Board of ISNCC as a Board member (1992-2000); President Elect (2004-2006); President (2006-2010); and immediate Past President (2010-2012). Since 2010, Prof Aranda has also been serving on the Board of UICC as a Board Member (2010-2014) and is now President Elect of UICC (2014-2016). This appointment places her among one of the most influential global cancer leaders.