Allied Health Fellowship announced for 2016

Cystic Fibrosis Australia is proud to announce Felicity Finlayson as the winner of the 2016 Abbie Fennessy Memorial Fellowship for Allied Health & Nursing.

Felicity Finlayson   

Felicity Finlayson - CF Nurse /  Co-ordinator at Adult Cystic Fibrosis Service at The Alfred.

I completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne prior to undertaking my Registered Nurse training and have gained a post-graduate Masters’ Degree in Public Health, since.

My past roles have been an Associate NUM of the Respiratory Ward, a Respiratory Scientist, Respiratory Research Nurse while setting up the Lung Health Promotion Centre providing Asthma Education for community nurses. 

I was appointed to the role of CF Nurse 16 years ago. I enjoy being a member of a team and the broader CF care community, in order to contribute to collective efforts aimed at improving outcomes for adults with CF. 

I have represented CF Nurses as part of the CFA multi-disciplinary CF Centre Peer Review Panels responsible for the reviews of 9 interstate CF Centres and regularly contribute to CF Conferences, as an Organising Committee member and presenter locally and internationally. I was one of 5 CF Nurses on the Editorial Committee of, and a contributing author to, the ANZ Nursing Standards of Care for Cystic Fibrosis.

My research interests over the years have included investigating the association between severity of illness and annual length of stay in hospital, outcomes of long term intravenous antibiotic treatment, the non-surgical management of DIOS, impact of fungal lung infections in CF and end of life care post lung transplantation. My current focus is reviewing pre-lung transplantation mortality and quality of life at end stage disease in adults with CF.  I hope to present these data at an international conference in 2017.

I am also a proud mum and a mad keen rower.

The aim of the Fellowship is to improve the knowledge and skills of Allied Health & Nursing professionals working in cystic fibrosis care to benefit those who have cystic cibrosis. Technipro-PulmoMed remains committed to funding the award for the benefit of the CF community.

The award can be used for clinical research projects or professional development such as travel to leading international conferences to present and for guideline publications.  The Fellowship is open to Allied Health & Nursing professionals involved in the treatment or care of people with Cystic Fibrosis in Australia.  For more...

The winner will be announced on-line and at the Nurses Conference in August 2015.

Cystic Fibrosis Australia Allied Health Fellowship 2015

The Allied Health Fellowship is awarded annually, the aim of the fellowship is to improve the knowledge and skills of the multi-disciplinary teams working in Cystic Fibrosis care in Australia. It is open to Cystic Fibrosis nurses, physiotherapists, dietitians, social workers, psychologists, pharmacists and occupational therapists.

In 2015, the awardees for the Abbie Fennesy Memorial Fellowship for Allied Health and Nurses working in CF Care were Jamie Wood and Pamela D'Sylva.


Jamie Wood

Jamie Wood is the Senior Physiotherapist for Cystic Fibrosis at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, and is a member of the Institute for Respiratory Health’s Cystic Fibrosis and Bronchiectasis Research Group. He is currently undertaking a PhD at Curtin University, investigating the integration of telehealth with cystic fibrosis care.

Awarded for “Telehealth in Cystic Fibrosis: Current practice and future directions.”


Pamela D'Sylva

Pamela D'Sylva is a Senior Respiratory Physiotherapist at Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth.  She has practised in the United States and Australia.  Pamela has over 20 years’ experience working with children and adolescents who have chronic lung disease, particularly cystic fibrosis. In 2012 Pamela conducted a pilot study investigating the tolerability of induced sputum in children with cystic fibrosis. This lead to her undertaking the clinical research project: Investigating the Accuracy of Induced Sputum in young children.  Pamela presented her findings at the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference in October.

Awarded for “Investigating the accuracy of induced sputum for detecting lower airway Pathogens  in young children” Lead researcher.

The initiative is proudly supported by Technipro-PulmoMed Pty Ltd


Cystic Fibrosis Australia would like to extend our sincere thanks to Technipro PulmoMed for their continued support of the Fellowship.

All enquiries, please contact Cystic Fibrosis Australia on (02) 9889 5171 or via