an online service of the cancer institute NSW

Meet the Team:

Aimee Kim 
Content Author (Haematology and BMT)

“eviQ is a dynamic resource which I believe assists in achieving optimal care for cancer patients, which is something I am passionate about.”

After completing a Bachelor of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney, Aimee started her career as a community pharmacist. She then worked as an oncology and haematology pharmacist in a cancer clinic before joining eviQ as a content author. As a haematology and BMT content author, she works closely with haematologists to develop and review the content on eviQ.

Aisling Kelly
Quality Manager

 “The success of eviQ is largely due to the 600-plus health professionals who freely donate their time to ensure that the information is accurate and current.”

Aisling has over fourteen years’ experience working as a pharmacist in the area of cancer care, both clinically and at a cancer control level. She graduated in pharmacy (BSc Hons) from Strathclyde University in the UK in 1995, and went on to obtain a Certificate in Clinical Community Pharmacy in 2001 from Aston University, UK. In 2002, she migrated to Australia to work at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, completing clinical modules of the University of Sydney Diploma of Pharmacy Practice in the same year. Aisling is also a co-founder of the NSW Oncology Pharmacy Interest Group.

Cassandra O’Brien
Content Author (Medical Oncology, Cancer Genetics and Nursing)

 “eviQ is a valuable resource tool; it assists health professionals to deliver evidence based treatment and education to patients and their families. I enjoy working at eviQ as it allows me to be a part of this process, and gives me the opportunity to meet and work with a variety of health professionals.”

Cassandra is a registered nurse with experience in medical oncology and haematology. She has also completed a Master of Public Health. Her previous roles have included working for Cancer Council Queensland, managing the public health and cancer support programs in the Gold Coast region. Prior to commencing at eviQ, Cassandra was working as a clinical nurse consultant at Icon Cancer Care, Gold Coast.

Catherine Westaway
Project Officer

“I believe the work we do in providing this information to health professionals saves them valuable time, as we are conducting the up-to-the-minute research they require to make decisions.”

Catherine has a Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) from the Australian Catholic University, and a Graduate Certificate in Oncology Nursing from the Australian College of Nursing. For sixteen years she has worked in outpatient clinics, in both public and private hospitals, treating patients having radiotherapy and chemotherapy. 

Gemma Dyer
Content Author (BMT, Nursing and Cancer Genetics)

“Knowing the work that has gone into producing a protocol, it is incredibly satisfying to see it ‘go live’ for use by health care professionals across Australia and internationally.”

Gemma has thirteen years’ experience in haematology and BMT, both here in Australia and in the UK. Since returning from London in 2010, she has held positions at the Agency for Clinical Innovation as a clinical nurse consultant and project officer with the BMT Network, and at the Children’s Hospital Westmead as a clinical improvement quality officer. She has a Master of Public Health and a Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing, and received a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study cancer survivorship and BMT long term follow-up services in the USA.  She is currently completing her PhD exploring the experience of survival following allogeneic BMT, and has been awarded a prestigious University of Sydney Postgraduate Award for her research to date.  

Jill Graham 
Content Author (Radiation Oncology)

“I enjoy working in the eviQ team as it is a great place to develop useful resources to assist clinicians in the daily work of a busy department, and to optimise patient care.”

Jill is a radiation therapist who has been working in the clinical setting since 2009. She completed her Bachelor of Radiation Therapy in 2008 and a Master of Public Health in 2013, both from the University of Sydney. She has worked in both the public and private hospital systems, and recently spent eight months training radiation therapists in Da Nang, Vietnam. 

Julia Shingleton
Content Manager 

“It is great to be part of a program that supports the reduction in treatment variation, and helps to provide best practice treatment regardless of whether a patient is being treated in a tertiary teaching hospital or a small rural clinic.”

Julia completed her pharmacy degree (BPharm) from the University of Sydney in 2001. Following graduation, she worked in various hospital and community pharmacy positions in the greater Sydney region, before heading to the UK for a number of years. While in the UK she discovered a passion for cancer care, and had roles in several London hospitals in the oncology and haematology areas. Returning to Australia, she took up the position of specialist cancer care pharmacist at Westmead Hospital, before moving out of direct clinical work to join the Cancer Institute NSW.  

Liesel Byrne
Content Author (Medical Oncology) (maternity leave)

“I have used eviQ regularly in practice, so it is great to be a part of the eviQ team to continue to provide cancer information to improve the treatment of patients.”

Liesel is a qualified pharmacist and has experience in adult and paediatric oncology, haematology and HPCT across a number of large teaching hospitals in Sydney. Prior to joining the eviQ team, Liesel was the senior oncology pharmacist managing the pharmacy at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre at St Vincent's Hospital. 

Lisa King
Content Author (Medical Oncology and Nursing)

“Working with eviQ gives me the opportunity to meet users face to face to receive their feedback and ideas, and promote eviQ at conferences and teaching sessions”

Lisa trained at St George’s and The Royal Marsden Hospitals in London, and has over twenty years’ clinical cancer experience from both the UK and Australia. This includes time in medical oncology, radiation oncology, and haematology, and chemotherapy day units. Lisa has completed Master of Nursing at UTS. Prior to taking up the role at eviQ in 2012, she was working as a clinical nurse consultant for oncology in Sydney.  

Marie Brand
Health Literacy Advisor

“I love working here with a team who are committed to supporting both patients with cancer and the clinicians who care for them.”

After graduating in medicine from the University of Manchester in the UK, Marie spent a few years in clinical medicine before becoming a medical writer. She continued in this field after moving to Australia in 1993. In more recent years, she completed a Master of Ageing and Health at Macquarie University. Her particular interest is health literacy, and trying to improve patients’ understanding of cancer and its management.  

Patricia Ryan
Content Author (Haematology, BMT and Nursing)

“Even though I no longer work clinically I still get to meet with clinicians to develop and review the protocols, and this creates discussion which is very interesting.”

Patricia has over thirty years’ clinical cancer experience, which includes haematology, BMT, and chemotherapy day units, all in the public sector. She has a bachelor of nursing and a post graduate certificate in Oncology. Prior to taking up the role at eviQ in 2009, she was working as a clinical nurse consultant for haematology and BMT in Sydney.  

Philippa McGann
Content Author (Medical Oncology) 

Philippa graduated from the University of Sydney in 2006 with a Bachelor of Pharmacy. She is a registered pharmacist with over 7 years experience in hospital pharmacy. Prior to joining the eviQ team Philippa worked at the Kinghorn Cancer Centre at St Vincent's Hospital where she gained experience in Oncology, Haematology and BMT and has worked across a number of specialities including clinical trials, within a large teaching hospital.

Shelley Rushton
Director Cancer Services and Information

“It has been a privilege to work with eviQ as it has evolved over the last ten years. Originally an innovation of Professor Robyn Ward, to support standardised care within her hospital, it has become a high-quality resource that is now embedded within cancer care across Australia.”

Shelley has over thirty years’ experience in nursing and oncology. Prior to joining the Cancer Institute NSW, she worked in various hospitals in New Zealand, the UK, and Australia. She completed a postgraduate oncology course from the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, and also has a Palliative Care Certificate from the College of Nursing in Sydney. In addition, she has a Master of Public Health from the University of New South Wales. She is currently undertaking a Masters of Business Administration at Deakin University.