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. The scientific committee is co-chaired by Prof Patsy Yates and Prof Raymond Chan.

Expressions of Interest Application Form


Prof Patsy Yates (Co-chair)

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  

Prof Raymond Chan (Co-chair)

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


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  

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

A/Prof Anne Cust

Qualifications: PhD, MPH(Hons), BSc, BA
Location: The University of Sydney School of Public Health. Also affiliated with the Melanoma Institute Australia.
Role: Cancer epidemiologist, Head of the Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research Group
Research Interests: melanoma and skin cancer, cancer prevention, causes, early detection and survivorship, genomics, precision public health  

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

Dariush Etemadmoghadam

Qualifications: PhD, B.Biomed.Sc (Hons)
Location: Department of Health and Human Services Victoria
Role: Team Leader, Screening and Cancer Prevention
Research Interests: Cancer prevention, screening and early detection, genomics, precision medicine

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.  

A/Prof Michael Jefford

Qualifications: MBBS, MPH, MHlthServMt Monash, Ph.D., 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

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.

Dr Jennifer McIntosh

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 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 Pandora Patterson

Qualifications:  PhD, BSocSc(Hons), Reg Psych, MAPS
Location: CanTeen, Sydney; University of Sydney
Role:  General Manager Research & Youth Cancer Services; A/Prof Cancer Nursing Research Unit
Research Interests: adolescent and young adults impacted by cancer and their families, psycho-oncology, distress screening, psychosocial assessment and interventions  

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 Neli Slavova-Azmanova

Qualifications: MD, PhD
Location: University of Western Australia
Role: Research Associate, Cancer and Palliative Care Research and Evaluation Unit (CaPCREU), University of Western Australia
Research Interests: Value-based healthcare, health services research and outcome measures in cancer

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

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.

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

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