Dr Amanda Hordern

Professional Summary

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Amanda Hordern is an experienced leader, manager, educator, counsellor and program developer with tertiary qualifications including a PhD which focused on the impact of patient sexuality in context of cancer and palliative care. She possesses highly developed management, supervisory, mentoring, communication and stakeholder engagement skills and the desire to achieve excellence in areas of health and chronic illness.


With 30 years of experience in oncology and palliative care across a range of clinical settings, Amanda developed an expertise in patient sexuality and intimacy after cancer. She has delivered support and practical strategies to numerous patients through counselling, workshops and development of print resources; and used her research findings to develop health professionals training in sexuality after cancer that has been incorporated at state, national and international levels.


Amanda has a high level of drive and enthusiasm and works well leveraging innovative ideas with key stakeholders of all levels. She is an excellent public speaker with proven history of developing evidence based supportive care programs for cancer community. With huge success in building a highly sought after hypnotherapy and counselling practice, Amanda is committed to ongoing peer education and building strong foundations in education and training for colleagues and peers alike.




Hordern, A. 2015: Oxford Textbook Palliative Care: Addressing sexuality in palliative care, book  chapter.

Hordern, A. Fertility and cancer: A guide for people with cancer, their families and friends. Cancer Council Australia, 2014.

Hordern, A. Maybe Later Baby: A guide to relationships, sex and fertility for young people after cancer. CANTEEN, 2014. (Edition 2)


Hordern, A. Maybe Later Baby: A guide to relationships, sex and fertility for young people with cancer, CANTEEN, 2014 (Edition 2)


2014 – 2016 Consultant Researcher University Western Sydney

ARC Linkage project: The construction and experience of fertility in the context of cancer: patient, partner and health professional perspective.

Scientific Publications:


Street, A., Wakelin, K., Hordern, A., Bruce, N., Horey, D. (2012). Dignity and deferral narratives as strategies in facilitated technology –based support groups for people with advanced cancer. Nursing Research and Practice, Vol 2012, Article ID 647836, 7 pages, 2012.


De Vocht, H., Hordern, A., Notter, J., & De Wiel, H. (2011). Stepped skills: A team approach towards communicating about intimacy in cancer and palliative care. Australian Medical Journal, 4(11), 610-619.


Livingston P, Craike Livingston P, Craike M, White V, Hordern A, Jefford M, MBBS, MPH, MHlthServMt FRACP; Botti M, Lethborg C, Oldroyd J, (2010). A Nurse Assisted Screening and Referral Program for Depression among Survivors of Cancer: a Feasibility Study. MJA. Sep 6;193(5):S83-7.


Hordern, A., Grainger, M., Hegarty, S., Jefford, M., White, V., Sutherland, G. (2009). Discussing sexuality in the clinical setting: the impact of a brief training program for oncology health professionals to enhance communication about sexuality. Asia-pacific Journal of Clinical oncology, 5: 270 – 277.


Hordern, A. (2008).  Intimacy and sexuality after cancer: A critical review of the literature. Cancer Nursing, 31 (2), March / April, pp E 9 – E18.


Hordern, A., & Street, A. (2007). Communicating about patient sexuality and intimacy after cancer: mismatched expectations and unmet needs. MJA, 186 (5), 224-227.

Hordern, A & Street, A. (2007). Constructions of sexuality & intimacy in cancer and palliative care. Social Science & Medicine. 64 (8), 1704 – 1718.

Hordern, A., & Street, A. (2007). Issues of Intimacy and sexuality in the face of cancer: the patient perspective. Cancer Nursing, 30 (6), November / December, pp E 11 – E18.

Hordern, A., & Street, A. (2007). Let’s talk about sex: Risky business for cancer and palliative care clinicians. Contemporary Nurse (2007). 27: 49-60.



Hordern, A., & Currow, D. (2003). A patient- centred approach to sexuality in the face of life-limiting illness. The Medical Journal of Australia, 179(6), s8-s11



Dixon, H., Hordern, A., & Boreland, R. (2001). Educating Breast Care Nurses across Australia. Cancer Nursing, 24(1), 44-52.



Akkerman, D., & Hordern, A. (2000). Sexuality and breast cancer - addressing the taboo subject. Cancer Forum, 24(2), 165-168.

Hordern, A., & Akkerman, D. (2000). Improving services to women with breast cancer by establishing the role of the Breast Care Nurse in Australia through a tertiary based distance education program. Cancer Forum, 24(2), 163-165.

Hordern, A. (2000). The emerging role of the Breast Care Nurse in Australia. Cancer Nursing, 23(2), 122-127.

Hordern, A. (2000). Intimacy and sexuality for the woman with breast cancer. Cancer Nursing, 23(3), 230-236.


Book Chapters

Hordern, A. (2012). Sexuality and intimacy in palliative care. In M. O'Connor, S. Lee & S. Aranda (Eds.), Palliative Care Nursing : A Guide to practice (3rd ed., pp. 236-254). Melbourne, Australia: Ausmed Publications.

Gianotten, W., & Hordern, A. (2011). Sexual health in the terminally ill. In J. P. Mulhall, L. Incrocci, I. Goldstein & R. Rosen (Eds.), Cancer and sexual health (1st ed., pp. 577-587): Springer.

Hordern, A. (1999). Sexuality in palliative care: addressing the taboo subject. In S. Aranda & M. O'Connor (Eds.), Palliative Care Nursing: A guide to practice (pp. 197-211). Melbourne: Ausmed.