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. The scientific committee is co-chaired by Dr Rebecca Bergin and Prof Raymond Chan.

Expressions of Interest Application Form

Rebecca Bergin (Co-chair)

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

Prof Raymond Chan (Co-chair)

Qualifications: RN, BN, MAppSc (Research), PhD, GAICD
Location: College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University
Role: Professor of Cancer Nursing, and Inaugural Director of the Caring Futures Institute
Research Interests: Survivorship, Symptom Management, Models of Care, Palliative Care

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

Naomi Byfieldt

Qualifications: RN (2004), BHSc [Hons] (2007)
Location: Victoria
Role: Freelance Researcher
Research Interests: Implementation Research, Supportive Care, Health Promotion & Social Needs, Health Services & Population Health Research

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.

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

Prof Michael Jefford

Qualifications: MBBS, MPH, MHlthServMt Monash, Ph.D., GCertUniTeach Melb, GAICD, FRACP
Location: Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne
Role: Consultant Medical Oncologist and Director, Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre; Professor of Medicine, University of Melbourne
Research Interests: Models of shared care, survivorship, supportive care

Prof Ross Lawrenson

Qualifications: MBBS; MD; DRCOG; Dip.Comm.Health; FRCGP; FFPH; FAFPHM
Location: New Zealand
Role: Professor of Population Health at the University of Waikato and Medical Research & Strategy and Funding, Waikato District Health Board. He is a Board member of Rural General Practitioner Network and Pharmac.
Research Interests: Research Interests include the role of primary care in improving cancer outcomes. In particular have focussed on breast, prostate, lung and colorectal cancer pathways. A major focus of our research is the inequities in outcomes from cancer for Māori and rural patients and the role that primary care can play in reducing these inequities. I also have an interest in the use of screening for early-stage cancer.

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 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 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 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

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 Claudia Rutherford

Qualifications:  PhD Health Outcome Measurement; Postgrad Dip Psych; BPsych.
Location:  School Psychology, University of Sydney
Role: Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow, Sydney Quality of Life Office, University of Sydney.
Research Interests: patient-reported outcome (PRO) assessment, including health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and symptom burden; implementing the routine collection of PROs in oncology health settings for individual patient decision-making and health service evaluation; and survivorship issues for colorectal cancer survivors.

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

Dr Belinda Goodwin

Qualifications: Bach. of Science (Psychology) with Honours & PhD
Location: Cancer Council Queensland
Role: Senior Research Fellow and the Manager of the Health Systems and Psycho-oncology team
Research Interests: Psycho-oncology, Health service, Quantitative

Prof Liz Halcomb

Qualifications: RN BN(Hons) GCertHE GCertICNurs PhD FACN
Location: University of Wollongong
Role: Inaugural Professor of Primary Health Care Nursing
Research Interests: Primary care, Practice nurse,  Workforce capacity

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

Dr Hannah Wardill

Qualifications: BSc (Honours), PhD
Location: South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) & Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide
Role: GP and NHMRC CJ Martin Biomedical Research Fellow
Research Interests: Personalised supportive care solutions that mitigate the physical, psychosocial and economic burden of cancer and its treatment

Dr Isabella Zhao

Qualifications: PhD BN (Honours)
Location: Queensland University of Technology
Role: Research Fellow
Research Interests: Care coordination at primary care level to improve patients’ functional status and quality of life

Dr Jasmine Yee

Qualifications: BSc, PhD.
Location: School of Psychology, The University of Sydney
Role: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Research Interests: Role of exercise and physical activity to improve physical and psychosocial wellbeing in people with cancer

Dr Kate White

Qualifications: PhD, MN (Res) , RN, FRCNA
Location: Sydney Local health District and University of Sydney
Role: Professor Cancer Nursing
Research Interests: Supportive care, models of care, rural health, cancer care in primary care

Dr Meena Rafiq

Qualifications: MBBS MRCGP MSc BSc
Location: Epidemiology of Cancer and Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Group at UCL
Role: Clinical Research Fellow
Research Interests: Early Cancer Diagnosis using information from primary care Electronic Health Records and developing Cancer Risk Assessment and Decision Support

A/ Prof Moira O’Connor

Qualifications:  BA (Hons), MSc, PhD
Location: School of Psychology, Curtin University, WA
Role: Senior Research Fellow, Director of the WA Cancer Prevention Research Unit (WACPRU) and Clinical lead for the Psycho-oncology Collaborative, Cancer and Palliative care Network, WA Department of Health
Research Interests: Psycho-social aspects of cancer and palliative care, cancer in primary care, cancer prevention, attitudes

Dr Nicolas Hart

Qualifications: PhD AES CSCS ESSAM
Location: Cancer and Palliative Care Outcomes Centre, Queensland University of Technology
Role: Deputy Lead of the Cancer Survivorship Program & Senior Research Fellow
Research Interests: Cardio-oncology (as the leading non-cancer cause of mortality in cancer survivors), bone metastases and bone disease in patients with advanced cancer or multiple myeloma, and toxicity management in paediatric and adult cancer survivors across the disease trajectory

Dr Sibel Saya

Qualifications: BSc, MGC, PhD
Location: Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research
Role: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Research Interests: Risk-stratified cancer screening, translational research on genomics in general practice

Dr Jessica Roydhouse

Qualifications: BA, MPH (Hons), PhD
Location: Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania
Role: Select Foundation Senior Research Fellow in Health Services Research
Research Interests: Patient‐reported outcomes, Clinical trials, Missing data, Proxy reporting and Causal inference

Dr Claire Nightingale

Qualifications: BSc (Hons), MSc (Public Health), PhD
Location: Centre for Health Policy, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Role: Senior Research Fellow, Evaluation and Implementation Science
Research Interests: Cancer Screening and Prevention, Women’s Health, Health Equity, Global Health, Primary care


Louise Bailey 

Location: NSW
My Contribution:  Louise has a background in governance, government liaison, and human resource management in the non-government education sector and has always been a keen advocate of evidence-based best practice. Louise believes strongly that high-quality research is what will make a difference to the lives of those living with cancer, their families and carers, now and in the future. She also believes that everyone involved in a person’s cancer experience has an important role to play in enhancing that person’s experience and that consultation and collaboration are paramount to achieving this.