PC4 Grant Recipients

PC4  2018 Training Award: Rowena Ivers

Qualifications: MBBS FRACGP PhD MPH DipRANZCOG Grad Dip Rur Health
Location: Sydney
Role: Academic GP, Senior Research Fellow
Project:  Develop and pilot a tool to assess if best evidence is being translated into practice for Aboriginal people in the area of cancer care, when compared to Optimal Care Pathways.

Rowena Ivers is an academic GP  and has also trained as a public health physician. She is Senior Medical Officer at Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service and is part of their Cancer Care Team, delivering care for Aboriginal people with cancer and their families. She is also engaged as a Research Fellow at University of Sydney.

PC4  2018 Training Award: Rebecca Venchiarutti

Qualifications: BSc, MNutrDiet
Location: Sydney
Role: PhD Candidate (University of Sydney) and Research Officer (Surgical Outcomes Research Centre)
Project:  Self-reported management of possible symptoms of head and neck cancer: a primary care vignette survey.

Rebecca is a researcher and PhD candidate investigating geographical variations in pathways to diagnosis of head and neck cancer, and patterns of care in NSW. She is collaborating with researchers and clinicians in Sydney and the Mid North Coast of NSW. At the Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe), Rebecca works on projects relating to colorectal cancer, pelvic exenteration surgery for advanced pelvic cancer, and cancer care coordination.

PC4  2018 Training Award: Rebecca Bergin

Qualifications: BA&Sc(Hons), PhD
Location: Melbourne
Role: Senior Research Officer, Cancer Council Victoria
Project: Exploring rural and urban pathways to lung cancer diagnosis

Rebecca Bergin is a Senior Research Officer in the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer at Cancer Council Victoria. She recently completed her PhD examining rural-urban disparities in time to care for Victorians with colorectal cancer. Rebecca’s research seeks to understand pathways to diagnosis and treatment, and cancer policy-making, to improve outcomes for all.

Rebecca Bergin

PC4  2018 Training Award: Karolina Lisy

Qualifications:  BSc(Hons) PhD
Location: Melbourne
Role: Senior Research Fellow
Project: Meeting the needs of cancer survivors through shared care: developing guidance for implementation.

Update: Dr Karolina Lisy is a Senior Research Fellow in the Survivorship and Living Well After Cancer group within the Department of Cancer Experiences Research at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Her current research interest is cancer survivorship, and her specific aims are to understand survivors’ outcomes and experiences over time, to develop and evaluate effective and sustainable models of survivorship care, and to reduce health disparity and achieve equitable outcomes for all people living with and beyond cancer.

PC4  2018 Training Award: Nicole Rankin

Qualifications: BA (Hons) MSc, PhD (Behavioural science in relation to medicine)
Location: Sydney
Role: Senior Research Fellow, Senior Lecturer
Project: Interventions to reduce diagnostic delay in lung cancer: a systematic review.

Update: Dr Nicole Rankin is an implementation scientist with over 20 years’ experience in cancer control. Since commencing in a research career pathway in 2012, Nicole has been instrumental in establishing the T3 evidence into practice lung cancer program at Sydney Catalyst Translational Cancer Research Centre at the University of Sydney. She has published 21 peer reviewed papers in the past five years and has been a Chief Investigator on over $3.4M research grants and consultancies in the same period.