Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee reports to the Advisory Committee and is responsible for developing and monitoring a program of research for PC4. Their brief includes any aspect of pre- and clinical trial activities, from concept development to reporting and publication.

A/Prof Marie Pirotta

Qualifications: MBBS, FRACGP, M Med, Grad Dipl Epid & Biostats, PhD
Location: Primary Care Research Unit, Dept of General Practice, University of Melbourne
Role: Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development (PHCRED) Senior Research Fellow; senior lecturer at University of Melbourne; and a practising GP
Research Interests: Complementary medicine, women’s health and randomised controlled trials

Dr Sharon Licqurish

Qualifications: BN, Grad Dip Mid, PhD
Location: General Practice & Primary Care Academic Centre, University of Melbourne
Role: Research Fellow, Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne
Research Interests: Cancer diagnosis, complex interventions, CALD populations, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer


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


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


Dr Nicole Rankin

Qualifications: BA (Hons), MSc, PhD
Location: Sydney Catalyst Translational Cancer Research Centre, The University of Sydney
Role: Research Fellow
Research Interests: Lung cancer, head and neck cancer, cancer diagnosis, psycho-oncology, health services research

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; Senior Clinical Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, UK; and a practising GP
Research Interests: Cancer diagnosis, Complex interventions, Genetic medicine and Primary care trials


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.


A/Prof Michael Jefford

Qualifications:MBBS, MPH, MHlthServMt Monash, PhD, GCertUniTeach Melb, GAICD, FRACP
Location: Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne
Role: Deputy Head, Department of Medical Oncology, Director, Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre – A Richard Pratt legacy, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Melbourne
Research Interests: Models of shared care, survivorship, supportive care

Dr Matthew Grant

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: Ethics in palliative care, interface between primary and specialist palliative care, social networks in cancer. Currently undertaking a PhD examining the role of social collectives and interaction in people with cancer.


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


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 practising GP
Research Interests: Primary prevention of melanoma, cancer risk prediction models and complex interventions in general practice


Prof Geoff Mitchell

Qualifications: MBBS, PhD, FRACGP, FAChPM
Location: Discipline of General Practice (DGP), University of Queensland
Role: A/Prof in General Practice; PHCRED Senior Research Fellow; 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


Jenny Hall

Qualifications: RN, SBN
Location: Whitfords Ave Medical Centre
Role: Practice Nurse
Research Interests: Breast Cancer, Exercise, Macular degeneration

Annmarie Hosie

Qualifications: RN, PhD
Location: University of Technology, Sydney
Role: Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Research Interests: Palliative care, aged care, non-pharmacological interventions for delirium, complex health care interventions

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



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

Dr Robin Turner

Qualifications: MBiostat, PhD, BSc(Hons)
Location: University of NSW
Role: Research Fellow (Biostatistics), Screening and Test Evaluation Program
Research Interests: Patient follow-up, patient choice, decision aids, diagnostic tests, biostatistics


Prof Raymond Chan

Qualifications:RN, BN, MAppSc (Research), PhD, FACN
Location: Queensland University of Technology and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane
Role: Professor of Nursing
Research Interests: Survivorship, Symptom Management, Models of Care, Palliative Care


A/Prof Claire Johnson

Qualifications: PhD, RN, CM
Location: University of Western Australia
Role: Research Fellow, Cancer and Palliative Care Research and Evaluation Unit (CaPCREU), University of Western Australia
Research Interests: Health services research which aims to improve experiences of care and quality of life for people affected by cancer, and palliative and end of life care

Naomi Byfieldt

Qualifications: RN (2004), BHSc [Hons] (2007),
Location: Newcastle, NSW
Role: Clinical Trial Coordinator, Department of Palliative Care
Research Interests: Implementation Research, Supportive Care, Health Promotion & Social Needs, Health Services & Population Health Research


A/Prof Tania Shelby-James

Qualifications: MPH, B.Appli.Sci
Location: Flinders University, South Australia
Role: Principal Research Fellow, Discipline of General Practice, Flinders Prevention, Promotion and Primary Health Care, Flinders University
Research Interests: Health service delivery, population-based palliative care and clinical trials within palliative care

Dr Todd Matthews

Qualifications: PhD, BHthSc(Hons)
Location: General Practice, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, The University of Melbourne
Role: PC4 National Manager
Research Interests: Paediatric care, Cancer prevention and diagnosis, Risk prediction, gastro-intestinal cancer, Primary Care trials

Dr Claudia Rutherford

Qualifications:  PhD Health Outcome Measurement; Postgrad Dip Psych; BPsych.
Location:  School Psychology, University of Sydney
Role:  Research Fellow, Quality of Life
Research Interests: My research interest is patient-reported outcome (PRO) assessment, including health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and symptom burden, and using this information in treatment decision-making. My research areas have focused on the development of valid and reliable PRO measures and decision aids to support clinical decision making, and all aspect of PRO inclusion in clinical trial protocols.