Advisory Committee

The principal focus of the Advisory Committee is to provide strategic advice and support the activities of PC4. The Advisory Committee is chaired by Nik Zeps.


A/Prof Nik Zeps

Qualifications: BSc (Hon), PhD
Location: St John of God Hospital Subiaco
Role: Director of Research, St John of God Subiaco Hospital; Adjunct Professor, School of Health Sciences, Curtin University; Adjunct Professor, Centre for Comparative Genomics, Murdoch University; Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Colorectal Cancer Research Unit, University of Western Australia; Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame
Research Interests: Clinical trials (oncology), molecular pathology, bioethics, genomics, health systems research


Prof Raymond Chan

Qualifications: RN, BN, MAppSc (Research), PhD, GAICD
Princess Alexandra Hospital and Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
Professor of Cancer Nursing
Research Interests: Survivorship, Symptom Management, Models of Care, Palliative Care


Ms Nikki Davis

Location: VIC
Role: Nikki is a member of the PC4 and PoCoG Joint Community Advisory Group. Nikki is a breast cancer survivor who would like to see more people living well with their cancer. In addition to her own cancer experience, she is aware of those of many others through her work as a peer support volunteer with women experiencing breast and gynaecological cancers. Nikki works in book publishing.

Jon Emery

Prof Jon Emery

Qualifications: MBBch, DPhil, FRACGP, MRCGP, MA
Location: General Practice & Primary Care Academic Centre, University of Melbourne
Role: Herman Professor of Primary Care Cancer Research University of Melbourne and Western Health; Clinical Professor at the University of Western Australia; and Senior Clinical Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, UK
Research Interests: Cancer diagnosis, Complex interventions, Genetic medicine and Primary care trials


Barbara Irwin

Qualifications:  Grad Dip Rehabilitation, NZRN
Location:  Department of Health and Human Services, Melbourne
Role: Victorian Liaison & Quality Manager Bowel Cancer Screening / Senior Policy Officer, Screening & Cancer Prevention
Interests: a strong interest in research related to organised cancer screening programs.

Prof Danielle Mazza

Qualifications: MD, MBBS, FRACGP, DRANZCOG, Grad Dip Women’s Health, GAICD
Location: Monash University
Role: Chair of General Practice, Monash University
Research Interests: Translational research, with particular focus on closing evidence practice gaps in preventive care, women’s sexual and reproductive health, and cancer screening and guideline development and implementation using patient-based strategies


Prof Geoff Mitchell

Qualifications: MBBS, PhD, FRACGP, FAChPM
Location: Discipline of General Practice (DGP), University of Queensland
Role: Professor of General Practice and Palliative Care, University of Queensland; and a practising GP
Research Interests: Palliative care, GP management of chronic and complex conditions including pain and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and quality issues in General Practice

Prof Leanne Monterosso

Qualifications: PhD, BNurs(Hons), GCert TerTeach, FRCNA
Location: University of Notre Dame, Fremantle and St John of God Hospital, Murdoch
Role: Chair of Nursing, University of Notre Dame and St John of God Hospital
Research Interests: Cancer and palliative care, cancer nursing, bereavement, translation of evidence into clinical practice






Amanda Piper

Qualifications:  BSc, MHA, MPH
Cancer Council Victoria
Role:  Head of Cancer Strategy, Strategy and Support
Research Interests: Survivorship, Education, Models of Care, Priority Populations


A/Prof Joel Rhee

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



Max Shub

Location: VIC
My Contribution: Max is a member of the PC4 and PoCoG Joint Community Advisory Group. He is a qualified pharmacist and a cancer survivor having been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer 12 years ago. He has a desire to improve the quality of cancer research by bringing an understanding of patients concerns through his extensive involvement with support groups including the Prostate Cancer Support Group network, Prostate Cancer Outcomes Registry Steering Committee, PoCoG SAC, NEMICS Reference Group and Cancer Trials Consumer Network.



Prof Lyndal Trevena

Qualifications: MBBS(Hons) MPhilPH PhD
Location: School of Public Health, University of Sydney
Role: Professor of Primary Health Care and Head of Discipline of General Practice at the University of Sydney; Associate Professor and Researcher at the Centre for Medical Psychology & Evidence-based Decision‐making (CeMPED); Research Associate in the Department of Primary Care, Oxford University, UK; and a practising GP
Research Interests: The application of evidence in general practice, particularly in evidence-based clinical decision-making




Dr Jennifer Walker

Qualifications: BAppSci MPH PhD
Location: Department of General Practice, Centre for Cancer Research, Melbourne University
Role: Senior research fellow, Deputy Lead Primary Care Cancer Research Group
Research Interests: Risk prediction tools, precision medicine, cancer screening in primary care, colorectal cancer, health service research



Prof Patsy Yates

Qualifications: PhD, MSocSci, BA, DipAppSci, RN, FRCNA
Location: Queensland University of Technology
Role: Head, School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology; Director, Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education, Queensland Health
Research Interests: Supportive care for people with cancer