Early Career Researcher Network

The principal focus of the Early Career Researcher Network is to provide a support group for Early Career Researchers to develop their skills and knowledge. The Early Career Researcher Network is chaired by Joel Rhee and Matt Grant (currently overseas).

Expression of Interest Application Form

A/Prof Joel Rhee – Chair

Qualifications: BSc(Med), MBBS(Hons), GradCert(ULT), PhD, FRACGP
Location: University of Wollongong
Role: Associate Professor and practicing GP
Research Interests: Advance Care Planning; aged care and end of life care in the Primary Care setting  

Dr. Matthew Grant – Chair

Qualifications: MBBS, MBioethics, DipPallMed, FRAGCP, FAChPM
Location: St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and Monash University
Role: Palliative Care Physician, Research Fellow, General Practitioner
Research Interests: Palliative Care  

Dr Rebecca Bergin

Qualifications: BA&Sc(Hons), PhD
Location: Cancer Council Victoria
Role: Senior Research Officer
Research Interests: Cancer diagnosis, rural cancer disparities, policymaking, health services research, mixed methods  

Dr Natalie Bradford

Qualifications: PhD, MPH, BN, RN
Location: Queensland
Role: Senior Research Fellow
Research interests: child and adolescent cancer, palliative and supportive care, symptom management and digital health.

Raechel Damarell

Qualifications: BA, Grad Dip Info Stud
Location: College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University
Role: PhD Candidate, Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying
Research Interests: Palliative care, multimorbidity, evidence-based practice, knowledge translation  

Dr Laura Deckx

Qualifications: PhD Biomedical Sciences, MSc Epidemiology, MSc Physical Education and Kinesiology
Location: The University of Queensland
Role: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Research Interests: Cancer survivorship, multimorbidity, digital health

Jinfeng Ding

Qualifications: RN, MSN, BSN
Location: The University of Western Australia
Role: PhD candidate in Public Health
Research Interests: Palliative Care, End-of-life Care, Primary Care and health services research

A/Prof Gillian Gould

Qualifications: PhD MA MBChB
New South Wales
Role: NHMRC and CINSW Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellow
Research Interests: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Preventive Medicine, Primary Health Care, smoking cessation


Emily Habgood

Location: Melbourne
Role: PhD candidate
Research Interests: Melanoma  

Lucy Holland

Qualifications: BSc, MSc, MSWQ, PhD Cand.
Location: Queensland Youth Cancer Service, Children’s Health Queensland and Queensland University of Technology
Role: Senior Research Fellow
Research Interests: Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, Adolescent Health, Psycho-Oncology, Models of Care, Survivorship, Consumer Partnership, Health Services Research  

Peter Nguyen

Location: Centre for Cancer Research and Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne
Role: PhD candidate
Research interests: Cancer diagnosis, early detection, test management, health information technology, clinical decision support


Sibel Saya

Qualifications: BSc, MGC
Location: University of Melbourne
Role: PhD Candidate
Research Interests: Use of new genomic tests and risk prediction models for cancer in primary care

Dr Kylie Vuong

Qualifications: BSc (Med), MBBS, MIPH, FRACGP
Location: School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW
Role: Lecturer in Primary Care and a practicing GP
Research Interests: Primary prevention of melanoma, cancer risk prediction models and complex interventions in general practice  

Dr Carolyn Ee

Qualifications: B.ASc, MMed, PhD, MBBS
Location: Western Sydney University
Role: GP and Senior Research Fellow
Research Interests: Complementary and integrative therapies, Cancer survivorship

Lucy Boyd

Qualifications: BPsycSci, MHM
Location: Centre for Cancer Research and Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne
Role: Research Assistant
Research Interests: Health services research, policy making, patient centred care, psycho-oncology

Shakira Milton

Qualifications: BSc, MSci Epi
Location: University of Melbourne
Role: PhD Candidate
Research Interests: Bowel cancer prevention using decision aids to help patients make an informed choice. Also, consumer involvement in research and implementation science

Rebecca Venchiarutti

Qualifications: BSc MNutrDiet
Location: Chris O’Brien Lifehouse
Role: Head and Neck Research Fellow
Research Interests: Complex cancer, clinical epidemiology, cancer epidemiology, health services research, access to healthcare, and variations in healthcare.