Pilar is a registered nurse with a Masters in both Nursing and Social Work, in addition to Graduate Certificates in Surgical High Dependancy and Leadership and Management.
As the Cancer Care Navigator she acts as a conduit between the patient and the treating multi-disciplinary team by evaluating and monitoring a comprehensive treatment plan; connecting patients with families, professionals, hospitals and community service providers; ensure continuity and quality of care for cancer patients and their families and; providing our patients with a positive cancer treatment experience.
Pilar likes that she will be able to establish a pathway of care and compassion for patients who are experiencing a most harrowing and difficult time of life. “I want to make a difference in my patients’ lives. Nursing has given me an opportunity to meet so many people from all walks of life. Everyone has a story. Everyone experiences personal struggles and difficulties. Whether it’s as a nurse - attending a dressing to a wound, or as a social worker - counselling patients and their family members, I want to help people along their journey.”
Prior to this role Pilar practiced clinical nursing for the eighteen years, as a Registered Nurse and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. During this time, she embraced her interest in education, and has worked as a Clinical Nurse Educator. She has facilitated final year nursing students and lectured at Avondale Nursing College. She has spent time as a discharge planner and most recently, as a Nurse-Counsellor at Breast Screen NSW.