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Professor Ian OlverProfessor Ian Olver AM

Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Council Australia

As Chief Executive Officer of Cancer Council Australia, Professor Ian Olver brings to the job a quarter of a century of experience and expertise as a medical oncologist and researcher, in Australia and abroad.

A former Chair of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia and Cancer Council Australia’s Medical and Scientific Committee, Professor Olver was appointed CEO of Cancer Council Australia in May 2006, having previously headed the Royal Adelaide Hospital Cancer Centre.

Professor Olver’s expertise is widely sought across the sector and by government. He is a member of the Advisory Council for Cancer Australia (the Federal Government’s cancer control agency) and the Board of the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre, a number of grants and ethics committees and holds several honorary academic and clinical posts.

His main research interests are new anti-cancer drug studies, symptom control, bioethics and psycho-oncology. He has authored more than 200 journal articles, 22 book chapters and three books, as well as co-editing two books.

A regular commentator on cancer issues in Australia and internationally, Professor Olver has appeared on television news, current affairs and breakfast programs on all networks, as well as radio, in major newspapers and magazines, and medical media.

For an interview with Professor Ian Olver, please contact Cancer Council Australia's Media Manager on (02) 8063 4153.

Professor Bernard W. StewartProfessor Bernard Stewart

Scientific Advisor

Professor Stewart is an internationally recognised expert in all aspects of environmental carcinogenesis (cancer causation), including the investigation of cancer clusters and medico-legal aspects of tobacco smoke-induced cancer.

He has had extensive advisory involvement with International Agency for Research on Cancer and co-edited the World Cancer Report for the World Health Organisation. In 2008 Professor Stewart published a new approach to qualitative assessment of carcinogenic risks.

A member of the Council of the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia and an advisor to the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre, Professor Stewart has had a close association with Cancer Council Australia for more than 25 years. Currently, he is a member of the Editorial Board of the Council’s professional journal Cancer Forum.

For an interview with Professor Bernard Stewart, please contact Cancer Council Australia's Media Manager on (02) 8063 4153.

Kathy ChapmanKathy Chapman

Chair, Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee
BSc, M Nutr & Diet

Kathy Chapman is one of the Cancer Council’s experts on diet, obesity, physical activity and cancer risk. Kathy is an accredited practising dietitian with a Masters degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and over 16 years experience working in nutrition, in both public health and clinical settings.

As the Director of Cancer Programs at Cancer Council NSW, where she has worked since 2002, Kathy has responsibility for developing the Cancer Council’s positions, policies and programs related to cancer prevention. Kathy is also a member of the Advisory Group for Parents Jury and chairs the Coalition on Food Marketing to Children.

A regular commentator on obesity control issues, particularly food marketing to children. Kathy is undertaking her PhD on food costs.

For an interview with Kathy Chapman, please contact Cancer Council Australia's Media Manager on (02) 8063 4153.

Terry SlevinTerry Slevin

Chair, Occupational and Environmental Cancer Risk Committee

Terry Slevin is one of the Cancer Council’s foremost experts on public health research and health promotion.

Mr Slevin is a regular media commentator on cancer issues from the causes and early detection of cancer, to broader chronic disease prevention issues including nutrition, physical activity, weight control, alcohol and sun protection. He recently published a series of 15 articles on cancer myths.

Director, Education and Research at The Cancer Council WA where he has worked since 1994, Mr Slevin holds a Masters in Public Health and an Honours degree in Psychology. He is honorary Senior Lecturer in Public Health at Curtin University and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer Control and was previously Vice President of the Public Health Association.

Founding chair of Cancer Council Australia’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee, Mr Slevin has recently taken on the role of Chair of the Cancer Council’s Occupational and Environmental Cancer Risk Committee.

For an interview with Terry Slevin, please contact Cancer Council Australia's Media Manager on (02) 8063 4153.


Craig SinclairCraig Sinclair

Chair, Public Health Committee

Craig Sinclair is one of Australia’s leading experts on skin cancer prevention.

Mr Sinclair heads the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Collaborative Centre for UV Radiation and has particular expertise in skin cancer, vitamin D and sun protection.

As chair of Cancer Council Australia’s Public Health Committee and Director of the Cancer Prevention Centre at Cancer Council Victoria, Mr Sinclair is also an expert media commentator on a broad range of public health issues related to cancer prevention and screening. Mr Sinclair has provided advice to health authorities in Australia and internationally on public health issues, including the UK Home Office and Health Education Authority, the Canadian Cancer Society and the World Health Organisation.

He is an author of a number of WHO publications including the Local Authorities Guide on UV Radiation and Health and the Risks and Guidance Note on Artificial Tanning Sunbeds.

For an interview with Craig Sinclair, please contact Cancer Council Australia's Media Manager on (02) 8063 4153.



Associate Professor Karen CanfellKaren Canfell

Chair, Cancer Screening Committee, Cancer Council Australia

As Chair of Cancer Council Australia's Cancer Screening Committee, Karen brings a wealth of experience in cancer screening policy and evaluation.

Karen is a cancer epidemiologist and leads the Cancer Modelling Group at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre at UNSW Australia. Prior to joining UNSW, Karen's group were based in the Cancer Research Division at Cancer Council NSW.

Karen's group regularly perform evaluations of new cancer screening and diagnostic technologies for government agencies in Australia, New Zealand and England. Her particular research focus is cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination.

For an interview with Associate Professor Karen Canfell, please contact Cancer Council Australia’s Media Manager on (02) 8063 4153.



Vanessa Rock

Vanessa Rock

Chair, Skin Cancer Committee

Vanessa Rock is a leading expert in skin cancer prevention and education.

As Skin Cancer Prevention Manager at Cancer Council NSW, Vanessa's role is to support the community minimise overexposure to UV radiation, so as to reduce incidence and mortality from skin cancer.

Cancer Council uses best practice community engagement strategies and social marketing principles to reduce the risk of skin cancer in the community.

Vanessa and her team implement programs and campaigns focusing on prevention and education, as well as early diagnosis and treatment information. Her team also advocates for improved sun protection within local communities.

Vanessa is a member of the Cancer Institute NSW Skin Cancer Prevention Strategy 2012-15 Advisory Group and chairs the Shade Working Group.

She has extensive experience in health, education and the business sector, with a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Adult Education.

For an interview with Vanessa Rock, please contact Cancer Council Australia’s Media Manager on (02) 8063 4153.


This page was last updated on: Friday, November 14, 2014