Rising Star Awards

The goal of the Lyndal Trevena and Geoff Mitchell Rising Star Awards is to recognize promising early and mid-career investigators who have significantly advanced the field of cancer in primary care research. These Awards are competitively awarded by the PC4 Scientific Committee. These awards have been created to honour the significant contribution of two of PC4’s founding investigators – Lyndal Trevena and Geoff Mitchell. It has been through their dedication and hard work that PC4 has supported the development of high-quality cancer in primary care clinical trials.

The winners of these Awards will be announced at the PC4 Scientific Symposium 2020.

Lyndal Trevena

Professor Trevena commenced her academic career more than 16 years ago, after 15 years in clinical general practice. Her research focussed on overcoming barriers to the application of evidence in general practice. She has been a member of the International Patient Decision Aids Standard committee (IPDAS), led the development of standard on risk communication and co-convened the ISEHC-ISDM Conference in Sydney 2015. She was voted one of 25 global champions in Shared Decision Making by the (US) Foundation for Informed Medical Decisions. She was a founding investigator of PC4. She co-led the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence “Ask, Share Know: Rapid Evidence for General Practice Decisions.” Lyndal has been a champion for primary care research and this award richly reflects her dedication to cancer prevention, screening and survivorship.

Geoff Mitchell

Geoffrey Mitchell was the Professor of General Practice and Palliative Care at the University of Queensland. His main research interest was in the role of General Practitioners in complex conditions, particularly palliative care, how specialists and GPs can work better together, and in N-of-1 trials of treatment. He has been a chief investigator in three nationally funded centres of research excellence- in primary-secondary care integration, end of life care, and chronic kidney disease. His research interests have included interventions to improve outcomes for caregivers with advanced cancer, the use of case conferences in end of life care, the role of general practice at the end of life, and several aspects of the management of chronic kidney disease, including decision making at the end of life and the role of general practice in end of life care. He has published over 180 peer-reviewed publications and has been a chief investigator on over $AU 26.5m of research funding. He maintains a clinical general practice in Ipswich, Queensland. Geoff has been instrumental in highlighting that end of life is part of the cancer journey for some patients, that when that happens primary care plays an important role.