Dr Suzanne Grant


Senior Research Fellow - Integrative Oncology, NICM Health Research Institute


Dr Suzanne Grant is currently investigating options and outcomes in integrative healthcare. Her professional goal is to facilitate the pragmatic use of research to inform clinical practice and shape public health policy on traditional, complementary and integrative medicine. In clinical practice, she seeks to achieve the best individual patient health outcomes through ongoing development and the implementation of emerging evidence.

As a Senior Research Fellow, her research focus is on investigations and clinical trials that answer practical questions, including: Are patient outcomes improved with co-management by different provider types? What model of care best serves people with cancer? What is the best research design to understand the effectiveness of Chinese medicine in the treatment of people with cancer and other chronic diseases? What aspects of care matter most to patients? Information gained in these and other studies needs then to be translated into knowledge that improves patient care, policy guidelines, access and reimbursement.

Her research interests include the effect of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in the treatment of chronic disease such as diabetes, and cancer.  She is also interested in how Chinese medicine may help women with fertility problems. Dr Grant has been in private clinical practice as a Chinese herbalist and acupuncturist for over 10 years. She works within an integrative medicine centre with general practitioners, osteopaths, psychologists and a range of other therapists. Currently Dr Grant is the Senior Acupuncturist at the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse (formerly the Sydney Cancer Centre at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital). She specialises in helping cancer patients better cope with the side effects of chemotherapy, radiation and other treatments, and in helping cancer survivors bounce back faster. Patients also come to her for help with fatigue, pain, hot flushes, digestive issues, mouth ulcers, dry mouth, numbness in their hands and feet, sleep problems, and a range of other health issues.

Dr Grant completed both her undergraduate (BAppSc in Traditional Chinese Medicine) and doctoral (PhD in Chinese Medicine) degrees from the University of Western Sydney. Her PhD examined the use of Chinese Herbal Medicine in the treatment of prediabetes (or impaired glucose tolerance) and insulin resistance. She has also spent time studying Chinese Medicine in Nanjing and Beijing, China.

Research Interests

  • Evidence based practice
  • Acupuncture
  • Cancer
  • Chinese herbs
  • Health service delivery
  • Integrative healthcare
  • Research methodologies

Qualifications and Recognition

  • 2010 Doctor of Philosophy (Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Herbology), University of Western Sydney, Australia
  • 2002 Bachelor of Applied Science (Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Herbology), University of Western Sydney, Australia

Research & Publications

Contact Details

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