Georgia Halkett


Current position: Senior Research Fellow

Years qualified: 16 years

Research areas of interest: Patient education and support, carer education and support, workforce issues, radiation proctitis

Would you describe yourself as a ‘novice’ or ‘experienced’ researcher? Experienced

Research qualifications PhD completed 2005

What is your greatest research achievement? Cancer Australia research funding

Why and how did you get involved in research? Have always been interested in research and contributing to improving care

How do you balance research/work/family life? It is difficult! Always need to make time for family

How did you find a mentor/supervisor?By exploring who has common interests and has worked in my area of interest

What was/is your supervisor/mentor’s best advice? ‘The 24-48 hour rule’. When receiving feedback always allow 24-48 hours to cope with it before moving on addressing this feedback on project or publications as best as you can.

What do you enjoy most about being involved in research? Working with patients and carers and looking at ways to improve patient education and support

What has been your biggest challenge or barrier to being involved in research? Always needing to apply for further funding

What one piece of advice would you give other researchers? Mentorship is very important and it is best to have mentorship from a multidisciplinary team

Is there any other information you wish to share with the network? I am very happy to share my research experiences. I have experience in supervising HDR students and providing mentorship