Jing-Yu (Benjamin) Tan

B.NSc., M.Med., Ph.D, R.N., MAICD, Dean (Graduate Studies)

Registered to supervise postgraduate research


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Personal profile

Research interests

Professor Benjamin Tan would be willing to accept PhD and Master by Research students in areas of cancer symptom management, integrative medicine, and evidence-based practice for chronic disease management.

Selected Research Awards (as Lead Chief Investigator or Chief Investigator)

2023-2027. Clinical effects and cost-effectiveness of an evidence-based Tai chi intervention for breast cancer symptom management: A Phase III RCT. DES Doctoral Fellowship with Tuition Waiver (Supervisor-Initiated), AUD$≈240,000.00

2022-2026. Acupressure for the fatigue-sleep disturbance-depression symptom cluster in breast cancer: A three-arm, sham-controlled, randomized trial. CDIPS Doctoral Fellowship with Tuition Waiver (Supervisor-Initiated), AUD$≈200,000.00

2022-2024. Improving success and retention of undergraduate nursing students from regional and remote areas in Australia. HEPPP Fund allocated by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, AUD$300,000.00

2021–2023. A primary care clinician-led symptom management program for breast cancer survivors. Federal Government CSFP Scheme, AUD$193,000.00

2021-2023. An evidence-based clinical protocol of fatigue-anorexia-cachexia clustering in advanced cancer. HKPU New Recruits Grant, HKD$400,000.00

2021–2023. Behavioural activation for depressive symptoms in young people with emerging/early psychosis. Federal Government CSFP Scheme, AUD$171,000.00

2021-2023. GP and nurse-led telehealth-based intervention for improving cardiovascular health in breast cancer survivors with cardiovascular diseases. Start-Up Grant for Outstanding Future Researcher, AUD$30,000.00

2020–2022. The impact of risk perceptions on precautionary behaviours towards COVID-19 among health care workers and general population in Singapore and globally. NUS COVID-19 Research Seed Grant, SGD$100,000.00

2020-2021. Massage therapy for breast cancer symptom cluster management: A pragmatic randomised controlled trial. CDU Institute of Advanced Studies Rainmaker Scheme Grants, AUD$20,000.00

2019-2021. Acupuncture for joint symptoms in breast cancer: A randomized controlled trial. HKPU-SMUH Collaborative Research Project, HKD$101,459.00

2019-2021. Resistance inspiratory muscle training for breathlessness in lung cancer patients. HKPU-SMUH Collaborative Research Project, HKD$105,657.00

2018-2022. Somatic acupressure for breast cancer symptom cluster. CDU Institute of Advanced Studies Rainmaker Scheme Grants, AUD$60,000.00

2018-2021. Effects of traditional respiratory exercise on inflammatory process in COPD patients. Natural Science Foundation of Fujian Province, CNY¥100,000.00

2015-2017. Medicated food for chemotherapy-induced gastrointestinal mucositis: Role of TLR4/NF-κB pathway. NSFC, CNY¥230,000.00

2015-2016. Doctoral research attachment program at the University of Manchester, UK. HKPU, Grant Awardee, HKD$21,250.00

2014-2017. Ear acupressure for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Fully Funded Doctoral Project, HKPU School of Nursing, HKD$531,600.00

2014–2016. Medicated food for chemotherapy-induced gastrointestinal mucositis: Role of the “ERK/MAPK” pathway. NSFC, CNY¥160,000.00

2012-2016. Traditional six-character respiratory exercise for COPD management: Role of PPARγ and PGC-1α. NSFC, CNY¥240,000.00

2011-2014. Food therapy for chemotherapy-induced gastrointestinal mucositis. Fujian Science and Technology Department Fund, CNY¥30,000.00

Current Research Degree Supervision

PhD Supervision

2022-Ongoing. PhD. Acupressure for the fatigue-sleep disturbance-depression symptom cluster in breast cancer survivors. CDIPS. Principal Supervisor

2022-Ongoing. PhD. Evidence-based self-management intervention for breast cancer survivors. Australian Government RTP Award. Associate Supervisor

2022-Ongoing. PhD. Supervised Kegel exercises for stress urinary incontinence. Acting Principal Supervisor

2021-Ongoing. PhD. Breathing exercise for chronic pain management in breast cancer. Australian Government RTP Award, Principal Supervisor

2020-Ongoing. PhD. Ghanaian midwives’ experiences of accessing pre-eclampsia management CPD. Australian Government RTP Award. Principal Supervisor

2019-Ongoing. PhD. Traditional exercise program for breast cancer symptom cluster management. Australian Government RTP Award. Principal Supervisor

Research Masters & UG Hons Supervision

2022-Ongoing. MPH. Attitudes and perceptions on advance care planning among Chinese speaking older Australians living in Sydney. Associate Supervisor

2022-Ongoing. BN-Hons. Music therapy for alleviating anxiety and depression in breast cancer survivors. Principal Supervisor

2022-Ongoing. BN-Hons. Australian registered nurses’ roles in patient-centred care in long-term care facilities. Associate Supervisor

Education/Academic qualification

PhD Attachment Program, The University of Manchester, United Kingdom

PhD in Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

External positions

Adjunct Professor in Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU)


Topic Editor (Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention), Frontiers in Oncology [ISSN 2234-943X, 2020 5-Year Impact Factor 6.264]

2022 → …

Academic Editor, Journal of Oncology [ISSN 1687-8450, 2020 5-Year Impact Factor 4.499]

2022 → …

Editorial Board Member in Cancer Palliative Care Section, BMC Palliative Care [ISSN 1472-684X, 2020 5-Year Impact Factor 3.914]

2022 → …

Strategic Advisory Committee Member, Australasian Nursing and Midwifery Clinical Trials Network

2022 → …

Professorial Advisory Council Member, Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA)

2022 → …

Associate Editor in Cancer Palliative Care Section, BMC Palliative Care [ISSN 1472-684X, 2020 5-Year Impact Factor 3.914]


Academic Editor, PLOS One (SJR-Q1) [ISSN 1932-6203, 2020 5-Year Impact Factor 3.788]

2021 → …

Editorial Board Member, European Journal of Oncology Nursing [ISSN 1462-3889, 2020 5-Year Impact Factor 3.143]

2020 → …

Academic Editor, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (SJR-Q1) [ISSN 1741-4288, 2020 5-Year Impact Factor 2.845]

2020 → …

Committee Member and Lead Role Researcher (Northern Territory and Queensland State Group), Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA)

2019 → …

Vice Editor-in-Chief, TMR Integrative Nursing [ISSN 2522-6371]


Executive Committee Member (Young Scholar Committee), China Anti-Cancer Association Rehabilitation Branch Nursing Committee

2018 → …

University Hospital Adjunct Professor, Southwest Medical University Hospital

2018 → …

International Review Panel Member (Research Grants), The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International

2018 → …

Visiting Doctoral Researcher in Nursing, The University of Manchester


Doctoral Training Fellow/Postdoctoral Fellow in Nursing, School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Research Secretary/Graduate Assistant Lecturer/Associate Lecturer/Lecturer, School of Nursing, Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine



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