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Reference committee chairs

Current chairs and co-chairs

Medical oncology co-chair: Dr Rachel Wong

2017 - present

Dr Rachel Wong is Deputy Director of Oncology at Eastern Health and a medical oncologist at Epworth Eastern. Her major clinical and research interests are in gastrointestinal and lung cancers. After completing training in Melbourne, Rachel completed a clinical research fellowship at The Royal Marsden Hospital, London (Gastrointestinal and Lymphoma unit). She is an adjunct senior lecturer at Monash University, a Clinical Research Fellow at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and has had significant involvement with medical oncology training at a state and national level.

Medical oncology co-chair: Dr Brian Stein

2017 - present

Dr Brian Stein is a medical oncologist who trained in Australia and the USA. He works at the Adelaide Cancer Centre and in the Department of Medical Oncology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He is affiliated with the University of Adelaide where he has been recognised for his teaching excellence. He has a long-standing subspecialty interest in malignancies of the head and neck and treatment of cancer in the elderly.

Medical oncology co-chair: Dr Kate Webber

2019 - present

Dr Kate Webber is a medical oncologist with a keen interest in gynaecological oncology, cancer survivorship and clinical trials. She is an adjunct senior lecturer at Medicine Monash Health. Previously Kate held staff specialist appointments in medical oncology at Prince of Wales Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney, as well as an honorary appointment at Sydney Children’s Hospital. At Prince of Wales Hospital she also served as Clinical Superintendent for Medicine and co-Director of Advanced Physician Training, as well as convenor of the UNSW Human Research Ethics Advisory Panel (Biomedical).

Haematology chair: Dr Jason Butler

2017 - present

Dr Jason Butler is a part-time senior staff haematologist with the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and Sunshine Coast University Hospital, and a visiting medical officer with Icon Cancer Care. His major interests are in blood and marrow transplantation, lymphoma, and myeloma.

Haematology co-chair: Dr Vinay Vanguru

2019 - present

Dr Vinay Vanguru is a haematology staff specialist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He completed his training at Liverpool Hospital and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in clinical and laboratory haematology. His major clinical and research interests include lymphoma and bone marrow transplantation. He also has a keen interest in electronic management of health information and medication management.

Blood and marrow transplant chair: Dr Matthew Wright

2018 - present

Dr Matthew Wright is a haematologist and head of department at Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth. His clinical interests include myeloma, AML and MDS. After completing training in Sydney, Matt completed a BMT fellowship in Vancouver and is a member of the BMT program at FSH.

Blood and marrow transplant co-chair: Dr Ed Morris

2018 - present

Dr Ed Morris is a senior staff specialist at the Townsville Hospital and a visiting medical officer with ICON Cancer Care. He spent three years at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research investigating the immunological processes following allogeneic stem cell transplantation.

Cancer genetics chair: Dr Helen Mar Fan

2018 - present

Dr Helen Mar Fan is a dual trained medical oncologist and cancer geneticist who works in the cancer service at Genetic Health Queensland. She has an interest in the education of non-genetic health professionals in the ordering and interpreting of genetic tests and in the development of evidence-based guidelines for genetic testing and risk management for individuals with familial cancer predisposition syndromes.

Cancer genetics co-chair: Rachel Williams

2018 - present

Rachel Williams is the Senior Genetic Counsellor Network Clinical Lead for the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, based at the Prince of Wales Hospital Hereditary Cancer Centre. She has more than 17 years experience in cancer genetic counselling. Rachel has an interest in providing evidence-based information to health professionals, patients and their families to improve patient care. Rachel's research interests are in improved patient access to cancer genetics services and hereditary bowel cancer conditions.

Cancer genetics temporary paediatric chair: Dr Nicola K Poplawski

2018 - present

Dr Nicola Poplawski is a paediatrician and clinical geneticist who trained in New Zealand (the University of Otago), Australia (the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide) and Canada (the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto). She is interested and has experience in genetic education for the public, for families and for healthcare professionals. Her research focuses on clinical aspects of inherited diseases, including familial cancer. Nicola works as a clinical geneticist in the Adult Genetics Unit located at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in South Australia.

Cancer genetics temporary paediatric co-chair: Dr Kanika Bhatia

2019 - present

Dr Kanika Bhatia is a paediatric oncologist at the Children’s Cancer Centre in the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), Melbourne. Her major clinical and research interests are in solid and brain tumours, paediatric cancer genetics as well as palliative and supportive care. She is the clinical lead for a multi-disciplinary paediatric cancer genetics program in the RCH.

Radiation oncology chair: Dr Jonathan Tomaszewski

2019 - present, Co-chair 2017 - 2019

Dr Jonathan Tomaszewski is a radiation oncologist at the Ballarat Austin Radiation Oncology Centre (BAROC). He trained at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, where he also completed a subspecialty fellowship in head and neck cancer. He now works as a generalist radiation oncologist with a focus on providing world-class, evidence-based care for regional cancer patients close to home. Jonathan has an interest in radiobiology and is a lecturer in radiation and cancer biology for the Victorian/Tasmanian Training Network.

Radiation oncology co-chair: Dr Penny Mackenzie

2019 - present

Dr Penny Mackenzie is a radiation oncologist at St Andrew’s Hospital, Toowoomba (Icon). Following her speciality training in Brisbane, she completed a breast cancer fellowship at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Canada. Her subspecialty interests include breast cancer, head and neck cancer, skin cancer and melanoma. Penny’s research interests include geriatric oncology. Penny is also committed to the teaching and training of junior doctors.

Radiation oncology co-chair: Dr Ben Chua

2019 - present

Dr Ben Chua is a radiation oncologist and director of registrar training at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital, and visiting radiation oncologist at GenesisCare Rockhampton. He completed his training in Queensland and regional New South Wales, with a specialty fellowship in head and neck cancer. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland with an active academic portfolio, including being involved in clinical trials and supervision of higher degree students. He has participated in developing practice guidelines within his workplaces and through eviQ, and believes that all patients, including those in regional areas, should have access the highest standard of evidence-based and multidisciplinary care. 

Past chairs and co-chairs

Medical oncology chair: A/Prof Craig Lewis

Chair 2017 - 2019, Co-chair 2015 - 2017

Dr Craig Lewis is a conjoint associate professor at the University of New South Wales and senior staff specialist in the Department of Medical Oncology at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. His major clinical and research interests include breast, lung, and head and neck cancer, and the management of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.

Haematology chair: Dr Nada Hamad

2017 - 2019

Dr Nada Hamad is staff specialist clinical, bone marrow transplant and laboratory haematologist at St Vincent’s Hospital. She completed postgraduate fellowships in haematopoietic stem cell transplantation and lymphoma at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, Canada. She has a strong interest in clinical trials and has a specialist certificate in clinical research (Oncology) from the University of Melbourne and is an active member of the Australian Leukaemia and Lymphoma group (ALLG). Her research interests include haematological malignancy, GVHD management and the implementation and delivery of evidence-based medicine. She is also a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales and examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Cancer genetics chair: Dr Nicola K Poplawski

2014 - 2018

Dr Nicola Poplawski is a paediatrician and clinical geneticist who trained in New Zealand (the University of Otago), Australia (the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide) and Canada (the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto). She is interested and has experience in genetic education for the public, for families and for healthcare professionals. Her research focuses on clinical aspects of inherited diseases, including familial cancer. Dr Poplawski works as a clinical geneticist in the Adult Genetics Unit located at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in South Australia.

Radiation oncology chair: Dr Carmen Hansen

Chair 2017 - 2019, Co-chair 2015 - 2017

Carmen is a radiation oncologist at the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute (MNCCI) in Port Macquarie, where she specialises in the management of breast, gynaecological and urological malignancies. She is actively involved in developing and implementing improved technology in the treatment of breast cancer at MNCCI. Carmen is director of the Northern NSW Training Network at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR).

Blood and marrow transplant chair: Dr Sharon Avery

Chair 2016 - 2018, Co-chair 2014 - 2015

Dr Sharon Avery is a senior staff specialist in the Malignant Haematology and Stem Cell Transplantation Service at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. She is actively involved in the development of protocols and guidelines for the treatment of blood cancers and has a particular interest in the management of late effects in long term survivors of transplantation.

Cancer genetics co-chair: Sian Greening

2014 - 2018

Sian Greening is a certified genetic counsellor with a background in palliative care nursing and a Masters in Clinical Science (lifestyle medicine). In 2005 she was employed to set-up the Hereditary Cancer Genetic Counselling Service for Illawarra and Shoalhaven Health District Clinic, where she continues to work as the senior genetic counsellor, running many quality improvement and research projects.

Radiation oncology chair: Dr Michael Ng

2015 - 2017, Co-chair 2013 - 2015

Dr Michael Ng is a radiation oncologist working at Radiation Oncology Victoria (ROV). He completed his specialist training at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and spent his fellowship year at the Royal Marsden Hospital in the UK. He returned to Melbourne as a consultant in head and neck, and GI malignancies for two years. After two years, he joined ROV in 2009. His current interests and research includes development of clinical practice guidelines, advanced application of intensity modulated radiotherapy and interest in use of new radiation technologies.

Haematology chair: Dr Adam Bryant

Chair 2015 - 2017, Co-chair 2014 - 2015

Dr Adam Bryant did his haematology training at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, having originally done his medical school at the University of Queensland. He went on to do his PhD studies under the supervision of Professor David Ma at the AMR in Darlinghurst. This was a molecular biology basic science project entitled "The Role of MicroRNAs in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia". The PhD was successfully awarded in late 2012. While writing up his PhD he did a clinical fellowship at the Vancouver General Hospital as the Leukaemia and BMT fellow. The benefit of this role was intense clinical exposure to AML and allogeneic transplant which are done at this unit for the entire British Columbia. He has been a staff specialist at Liverpool since May 2012 which commenced an allogeneic BMT program at this time.

Haematology chair: Dr Amanda Johnston

2013 - 2015

Dr Amanda Johnston is senior staff specialist in haematology at Westmead Hospital.

Blood and marrow transplant chair: Prof Ian Kerridge

2008 - 2015, Haematology chair 2007 - 2008

Professor Ian Kerridge is a staff haematologist and BMT physician at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. Prior to this he worked at Westmead Hospital, Sydney and the Royal Free and University College Hospital in London. His major current research interests are ICU outcomes in haematology patients, myeloma and late effects following BMT.

Haematology chair: Dr Michael Harvey

2013, co-chair 2012

Dr Michael Harvey is senior staff specialist in haematology at Liverpool Hospital. He has had a longstanding interest in post graduate medical education and has served previously as chairman of the Board of Education with the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, as well as coordinator of advanced training and vice president of the Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand (HSANZ). His research interests are mainly centred around clinical trials in both malignant and non-malignant haematology, as well as the molecular basis of haematological diseases.

Haematology chair: Dr Tim Brighton

2009 - 2013

Dr Tim Brighton is a senior staff haematologist at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. Tim has focused during his career on clinical research and participates in numerous malignant and non-malignant sponsored and investigator-initiated clinical research studies. Main clinical and research interests include platelet disorders, bleeding disorders, and the investigation and management of thrombosis.

Haematology chair: Dr Cecily Forsythe

2006 - 2008

Dr Cecily Forsyth has worked as a clinical haematologist on the Central Coast of NSW for over 15 years. She has extensive clinical trial involvement and is passionate about improving patients' access to information and education.MNCCI.

Primary health care chair: Dr Tony Hobbs

2008 - 2013

Dr Hobbs is a GP obstetrician from Cootamundra on the south-west slopes of NSW, where he has been involved in the establishment of an innovative integrated primary care service. He has worked in his local community for 19 years. Dr Hobbs is committed to improving access to health care and reducing inequitable health outcomes through a comprehensive primary health care approach.

Radiation oncology co-chair: A/Prof Andrew Kneebone

2007 - 2011

Associate Professor Andrew Kneebone is a senior staff specialist in radiation oncology at Royal North Shore Hospital Sydney and clinical associate professor with the University of Sydney. He has subspecialty interests in gastrointestinal and genitourinary malignancies with a strong commitment to research and education. He has been the principal investigator for two completed randomised trials in prostate cancer, is the trial co-chair for an NHMRC funded international trial of post prostatectomy radiotherapy, is associated with more than $4,000,000 in external funding and is on the trial management committee for five national studies. He is an author on more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and is on numerous state and national committees.

Radiation oncology chair: Dr Andrew Last

2013 - 2015, Co-chair 2012 - 2013

Dr Andrew Last trained in medicine in Oxford and spent some time in neuroscience research in Oxford and New York. In 1994 he commenced oncology training at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London and subsequently worked for 10 years in Southampton, UK as a clinical oncologist, giving both radiotherapy and chemotherapy. In 2008 he joined the North Coast Cancer Institute team at Port Macquarie where he has been involved in the development of IMRT for breast, lung and gastrointestinal cancer.

Cancer genetics chair: A/Prof Judy Kirk

2011 - 2014

Associate Professor Judy Kirk is the director of the Familial Cancer Service at Westmead Hospital, a service that provides genetic counselling and testing for families with a strong family history of cancer. Judy has over 30 years' experience in cancer care. She has played a key role in setting national priorities and standards through clinical leadership, liaison with associated medical and surgical subspecialties, links with key cancer organisations and executive roles in preparation of NHMRC/NBOCC Clinical Practice Guidelines in this rapidly evolving field of medicine. She participates in local and national research regarding the familial aspects of cancer.

Cancer genetics chair: Margaret Gleeson

Nov 2011 - 2014

Margaret Gleeson is a cancer genetic counsellor with the Hunter Family Cancer Service in Waratah, Newcastle. She has a background in oncology nursing and over 17 years clinical experience in cancer genetics. Margaret has been involved in many related research projects, with her most recent being the issue of treatment focused genetic testing in breast and ovarian cancer.

Medical oncology chair: A/Prof Jeremy Shapiro

2015 - 2017, co-chair 2011 - 2014​

Dr Jeremy Shapiro is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine, Monash University and a gastrointestinal and genitourinary oncologist at the Alfred and Cabrini Hospitals in Melbourne. Dr Shapiro leads the GI research program at Cabrini Hospital, and is a senior researcher in the Australasian Gastrointestinal Trials Group, where he is the study co-chair for the Multinational AGITG Co20 and ICECREAM trials, evaluating novel approaches in advanced colon cancer.

Medical oncology chair: Dr Karen Briscoe

2011 - 2014, Co-chair 2009 - 2011

Dr Karen Briscoe has been a medical oncologist at a regional NSW cancer centre (Coffs Harbour) since 2004. Karen has experience in general oncology with a special interest in GIT/GU/lung. She has participated in clinical trials since establishing the clinical trials unit at Coffs Harbour in 2005. Karen has been a member of the eviQ reference committee since 2005.

Medical oncology chair: A/Prof Matthew Links

2009 - 2011, Co-chair 2005 - 2009

Associate Professor Mathew Links is a senior medical oncologist at St George Hospital Sydney, sub-specialising in lung cancer. He is the director advanced training for medical oncology in the South Eastern Sydney area and has had a long standing commitment to professional education and training. His research interests revolve around the integration of preclinical research, clinical trials, quality improvements, and education into improving outcomes for cancer patients. This encompasses a laboratory focus on the application of individualised medicine to drug combinations, through understanding the molecular basis of drug interactions; clinical trials focused on new therapies for lung cancer; and quality improvement through education.

Radiation oncology chair: A/Prof Thomas Shakespeare

2007 - 2011

Associate Professor Tom Shakespeare is the director of radiation oncology at the North Coast Cancer Institute, a large (6 linear accelerator) public radiotherapy centre that spans Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie in northern New South Wales. His special interests are image-guided intensity-modulated radiotherapy, prostate, breast and lung cancers. He is passionate about quality of patient care and patient-centred decision-making.

Radiation oncology chair: A/Prof Shalini Vinod

2012 - 2013

Associate Professor Shalini Vinod is a staff specialist in radiation oncology at the Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre. She has over 10 years' clinical experience and has been involved in the eviQ radiation oncology reference group since inception. Shalini has been involved in writing clinical practice guidelines for gynaecological cancers and lung cancers at a statewide and national level. Her areas of research include multidisciplinary care in oncology and the use of new imaging modalities in radiotherapy.

Cancer genetics chair: Prof Robyn Ward

2008 - 2011
Medical oncology chair: 2005 - 2009
Haematology chair: 2005 - 2006

Professor Robyn Ward is a specialist medical oncologist, and is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Acting Executive Dean of Medicine at the University of Queensland. She developed eviQ in 2000 and to this day remains as the program director of the site.