Sandy Hutchison


Masters in Clinical Psychology


Endorsed Clinical Psychologist


AHPRA approved Supervisor


25 years experience


Adjunct Senior Lecturer at University of Queensland and Supervisor at QUT


Past president of Australian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy QLD (AACBT)


Biography – Sandy Hutchison


Until 2014, Sandy was the Executive Manager of the state-wide Cancer Counselling Service at the Cancer Council Queensland, a service which provides psychological interventions to people distressed by cancer.


In addition to private practice she is a senior clinical psychologist at Karuna Hospice Service, a home-based palliative care service.


Her areas of expertise are adults, clinical and health psychology and psycho-oncology. Sandy worked within the health system as a clinical psychologist for 11 years at Greenslopes Hospital and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in medicine, women’s health and oncology. In 2004 she was employed by the Cancer Council where she developed the Tiered Model of Care, a stepped care model for screening and triaging the psychosocial needs of people affected by cancer, and established the Cancer Counselling Service which has since taken over 7000 referrals for tele-based and face-to-face therapy for patients and their families.


She is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer, clinical supervisor and member of the Psychology Advisory Committee for the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland, providing training to Clinical Masters and doctoral students since 1995. She has also supervised and lectured for Griffith University and Queensland University of Technology. She has provided training to health professionals in communication skills, decision support, suicide prevention and management, the impact of cancer, and the Tiered Model of Care.


She has developed a range of patient education materials, including booklets on coping for patient’s and partners, range of tip sheets, relaxation CD, and has featured in DVDs. She has been involved in a variety of psychosocial research projects conducted by the Cancer Council Queensland including Beating the Blues after Cancer, a randomised controlled trial of self-management versus therapist delivered CBT for people distressed by cancer. She has presented at conferences and is author/co-author of multiple publications.



Chambers S, Hutchison S, Clutton S, Dunn J. Intervening to Improve Psychological Outcomes after Cancer: What Is Known and Where Next? Australian Psychologist, 2014; 49, 96–103.

Chambers S, Girgis A, Occhipinti S, Hutchison S, Turner J, Morris B, Dunn J. Psychological distress and unmet supportive care needs in cancer patients and carers who contact cancer helplines. European Journal of Cancer Care, 2012; 21, 213–223

Hutchison S, Clutton S, Youl P, Chambers S. Reducing the psychosocial impact of cancer for regional Queenslanders. APS InPsych, October, 2011.

Hutchison S, Sargeant H, Morris B, Hawkes A, Clutton S, Chambers S. A community-based approach to cancer counselling for patients and carers: a preliminary study. Psycho-oncology, 2010; 20(8):897-901.

Hawkes A, Hughes K, Hutchison S, Chambers S. Feasibility of brief psychological distress screening by a community-based telephone helpline for cancer patients and carers. BMC cancer, 2010; 10:14.

Chambers S, Girgis A, Occhipinti S, Hutchison S, Turner J, Carter R, Dunn J. Beating the Blues after Cancer: Randomised controlled trial of a tele-based psychological intervention for high distress patients and carers. BMC Cancer, 2009; 9(1):189.

Steginga (Chambers) S, Hutchison S, Turner J, Dunn J. Translating psychosocial care guidelines into action. Cancer Forum, 2006; 30 (1), 28-31.

Hutchison S, Steginga (Chambers) S, Dunn J. The tiered model of psychosocial intervention in cancer: a community based approach. Psycho-oncology, 2006; 15(6):541-6.