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Internationally acclaimed cancer control expert named as new Cancer Council Australia CEO

Cancer Council Australia today (4/6) announced the appointment of Professor Sanchia Aranda as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Currently Director of Cancer Services and Information and Deputy CEO at the Cancer Institute NSW, Professor Aranda will take up her new role in early August.

Professor Aranda has had an impressive career spanning 36 years in cancer control, including as a clinician, researcher, educator and health administrator. She has also made an enormous contribution to the control of cancer on leading state, national and international advisory committees and boards.

Professor Aranda is President-elect of the Union for International Cancer Control, Geneva, a Member of the Cancer Australia Advisory Council and Immediate Past President of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care. In 2013, she was awarded the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Distinguished Fellow.

From her early training as a Registered Nurse in New Zealand, Professor Aranda developed a specialisation in the control of cancer and palliative care, completing a Bachelor of Applied Science, a Master of Nursing and a Doctor of Philosophy.

Widely published in Australian and overseas health journals, she has also conducted research reviews for the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council, state Cancer Councils, state Nursing Boards and for private sector research funding bodies.

Cancer Council Australia’s Chair, Mr Stephen Foster, said the organisation was 'tremendously fortunate' to have found a candidate of Professor Aranda’s calibre, who would lead Cancer Council Australia in the next stage of its development as the nation’s peak independent cancer control body.

"Professor Aranda's wide-ranging experience means she understands the challenges and opportunities for the control of cancer and the differing perspectives of patients, their families, clinicians, researchers and health administrators."

Mr Foster also paid tribute to the work of Acting CEO, Ms Catherine Sullivan, over the past five months. "Ms Sullivan has provided strong, steady leadership of Cancer Council Australia during our search for a new permanent CEO and her work is greatly appreciated by the Board and by state and territory Cancer Councils."

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Media contact:

Cancer Council Australia - Hollie Jenkins 02 8063 4153, 0400 762 010 or

This page was last updated on: Thursday, June 4, 2015