Tanya Buchanan is Cancer Council Australia’s Chief Executive Officer. Tanya is an experienced professional who joined Cancer Council Australia in November 2020 and brings many years’ experience in public health to her role at Cancer Council Australia.
Tanya has a proven track record in leading organisations to improve health outcomes, having held roles as Chief Executive Officer of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) in Wales and most recently Chief Executive Officer of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, a position she held for five years.
Tanya commenced her career as a nurse, working in oncology and neurosurgery. She has also worked for Red Cross Blood Service Australia, in academia, local government and the voluntary sector and, has an MBA in Health Services Administration, a first-class honours degree in English and Comparative Literature, and a B.Sc. (Nursing), as well as a range of vocational qualifications.
In 2011, Tanya won the Leading Wales Award in recognition of her leadership in tobacco control in Wales and was admitted as a Member of the Faculty of Public Health by Distinction for her contribution to Public Health in the UK.
Tanya is available for interviews about a range of cancer issues including cancer prevention, early detection, support and research. For an interview with Tanya Buchanan, please contact Cancer Council Australia's Media Team on (02) 8256 4109 (the media hotline is available inside and outside of business hours). You can also email the media team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Megan Varlow is Director Cancer Control Policy at Cancer Council Australia, responsible for the development of national policy and advocacy for its implementation.
After training as a psychologist, Megan was endorsed in clinical and health psychology and spent ten years in clinical environments working mostly with people living with chronic diseases and serious mental illness. Frustrated by the systemic factors that confounded an individual’s experience of chronic illness, Megan then worked in an academic clinical research unit and subsequently moved to NSW Health where she spent almost eight years at the Cancer Institute NSW, the NSW government’s cancer control agency.
Megan is passionate about lessening the impact of cancer on all Australians, and is especially interested in reducing the inequalities in cancer outcomes experienced by people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, regional and remote, lower socio-economic and migrant communities.
Megan is available for interview and can discuss Cancer Council Australia’s advocacy and policy priorities, informed financial consent, out-of-pocket costs, and the physical, emotional and financial impact of cancer.
For an interview with Megan Varlow, please contact Cancer Council Australia's Media Team on (02) 8256 4109 (the media hotline is available inside and outside of business hours). You can also email the media team on email@example.com.
Professor Bernard Stewart
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 Oncology 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.
Professor Karen Canfell
As Chair of Cancer Council Australia's Cancer Screening and Immunisation Committee, Karen brings a wealth of experience in cancer screening policy and evaluation.
Karen is a cancer epidemiologist and is Director of Cancer Research at Cancer Council NSW and Adjunct Professor at Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. Karen holds a D.Phil. (PhD equivalent) in Epidemiology from the University of Oxford.
Prior to joining Cancer Council NSW, Karen headed up the Cancer Screening Group at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre at UNSW.
Karen's research 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. Her team's work underpins the findings of a recent major review of the Australian National Cervical Screening Program and has resulted in the imminent transition of the program to 5-yearly HPV testing for cervical screening. Karen is also co-Principal Investigator of the first ever large-scale trial of cervical screening in a population offered HPV vaccination, "Compass", which is being conducted with the Victorian Cytology Service. She is also a member of the Australian Medical Services Advisory Committee's Protocol Advisory Sub-Committee.
In 2015, Karen received a '100 women of Influence' nomination in the AFR/Westpac awards and also received a Research Excellence Award from the National Health and Medical Research Council. She has 100+ peer-review publications/government reports, is regularly invited to speak at international and national conferences, and is active on the scientific faculties for the major international conferences in her field.
For an interview with Professor Canfell, please contact Cancer Council Australia's Media Team on (02) 8256 4109 (the media hotline is available inside and outside of business hours). You can also email the media team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heather Walker is one of the Cancer Council's experts on skin cancer.
As Head of SunSmart at Cancer Council Victoria, Heather leads the state's skin cancer prevention and early detection program and contributes to the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre on UV Radiation.
Prior to joining Cancer Council Victoria, Heather led work across policy issues at Cancer Research UK, achieving increased investment in the NHS diagnostic and radiotherapy services. Heather is also a Subject Coordinator on the University of Melbourne's Master of Cancer Sciences degree. She holds a Masters of Public Policy with Distinction from the University of Oxford.
Heather is a regular commentator on skin cancer, sun protection and early detection in Australian media. For an interview with Heather Walker, please contact Cancer Council Australia's Media Team on (02) 8256 4109 (the media hotline is available inside and outside of business hours). You can also email the media team on email@example.com.
Adjunct Associate Professor Craig Sinclair
As a previous chair of Cancer Council Australia's Public Health Committee and Head of Prevention at Cancer Council Victoria, Adjunct Associate Professor Craig Sinclair is an expert media commentator on a broad range of public health issues related to cancer prevention including obesity, alcohol and cancer screening.
Craig Sinclair is also one of Australia's leading experts on skin cancer prevention and is the Director of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Collaborative Centre for UV Radiation. He is an author of over 30 peer reviewed publications. For an interview with Craig Sinclair, please contact Cancer Council Australia's Media Team on (02) 8256 4109 (the media hotline is available inside and outside of business hours). You can also email the media team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anita is Chair of Cancer Council Australia's Public Health Committee and Director of Cancer Prevention and Advocacy at Cancer Council NSW.
She has more than 15 years' experience within the NSW public health sector, including 12 years' experience in cancer prevention specifically. As well as working as a private consultant, she has previously held senior management positions in public health organisations including the Cancer Institute NSW and the NSW Ministry of Health, where she gained specific expertise in tobacco control and skin cancer prevention.
Within her current role at Cancer Council NSW, Anita is responsible for leading strategy and program efforts in the two Cancer Council NSW focus areas of Prevention and Advocacy. The Division's focus is on reducing the burden of cancer and reducing cancer risk across NSW communities, through targeted programs, policy, advocacy and retail stores.
As Chair of Cancer Council Australia's Public Health Committee, Anita is a leading advocate for cancer prevention, particularly in a policy context. Topics she can discuss include cancer risk in relation to tobacco control, sun protection, nutrition and physical activity, alcohol and obesity. Anita holds a Master of Arts in Communication Management from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Master of Public Health from The University of Sydney.
For media interviews with Anita, contact the Cancer Council Australia media team on (02) 8256 4109 (our media hotline is available inside and outside of business hours) or email email@example.com.
Libby Jardine is Chair of Cancer Council Australia’s Tobacco Issues Committee and one of Cancer Council’s leading experts on the impact of tobacco in Australia.
As a longstanding advocate for tobacco control, Libby aims to raise awareness of the harms of smoking, particularly in relation to cancer risk. She can also comment on Australia’s world-leading tobacco control measures and the further steps that need be taken to reduce Australia’s tobacco disease burden.
As Manager of Cancer Council WA’s Make Smoking History program, Libby leads a team to implement an evidence based comprehensive program to drive down smoking rates in WA.
With over 10 years’ experience working on tobacco control, her work has included initiating the development of a new program focussed on providing extra support to priority groups in Western Australia to quit smoking and managing a $3 million per year program to promote tobacco control in WA.
Libby has a Bachelor of Behavioural Science, majoring in Health Science and Counselling, and previously worked at Cancer Council NSW and Queensland Health in cancer prevention.
For an interview with Libby Jardine please contact Cancer Council Australia's Media Team on (02) 8256 4109 (the media hotline is available inside and outside of business hours). You can also email the media team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gemma is General Manager, Cancer Support and Information at Cancer Council Queensland and leads Cancer Council Australia’s Supportive Care Committee.
With over 10 years’ experience in nursing and patient care, Gemma understands the impact a cancer diagnosis has on an individual’s relationships, career and employment, finances, physical and mental well-being and day-to-day life.
That is why Gemma is passionate about raising awareness of Cancer Council’s support services that are available to all Australians living with cancer – including Cancer Council‘s 13 11 20 support and information line, information resources and practical and financial support.
Gemma’s national role includes guiding Cancer Council’s national supportive care priorities to improve supportive carefor Australians impacted by cancer and fostering collaboration between Cancer Council’s supportive care staff working around the country.
Gemma is available for interview and can also discuss the emotional and physical side effects of cancer and it’s treatment, strategies for coping after a diagnosis, how to access support services, how to support loved ones, talking to kids about cancer, looking after carers and life after treatment.
For an interview with Gemma Lock please contact Cancer Council Australia's Media Team on (02) 8256 4109 (the media hotline is available inside and outside of business hours). You can also email the media team on email@example.com.
Professor Tim Driscoll
Chair, Occupational and Environmental Cancer Risk Committee, Cancer Council Australia
Professor Tim Driscoll is Chair of Cancer Council Australia’s Occupational and Environmental Cancer Committee and a leading expert in environmental and workplace cancer risks.
Tim is also Professor in Epidemiology and Occupational Medicine in the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney.
Tim’s main areas of interest include the burden of occupational disease and injury; occupational cancers and exposure to occupational carcinogens, particularly asbestos. He is also interested in improving the communication of epidemiology and cancer principles and findings to the general public.
He also leads the occupational risk factors expert working group in the Global Burden of Disease study.
Tim is a regular commentator on environmental and occupational cancer prevention and as Chair of Cancer Council Australia’s Occupational and Environmental Cancer Risk Committee can discuss environmental cancer risks, common cancer risks in the workplace and action that should that be taken to reduce Australia’s workplace cancer burden.
For an interview with Professor Driscoll, please contact Cancer Council Australia's Media Team on (02) 8256 4109 (the media hotline is available inside and outside of business hours). You can also email the media team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair, Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee, Cancer Council Australia
Clare Hughes is the Chair of the Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee, Cancer Council Australia. With extensive experience in the health and nutrition field, Clare leads the national committee to encourage Australians to lead a healthy lifestyle through education about the importance of physical activity and diet in preventing cancer, as well as advocating for health policy to support healthy lifestyle measures.
Clare is also the Nutrition Program Manager at Cancer Council NSW where she leads a team of dietitians and nutritionists responsible for nutrition-related cancer prevention projects. She leads projects including the Healthy Lunch Box website, advocacy to reduce cancers associated with increased bodyweight, alcohol, unhealthy eating and physical inactivity, strategic research into food labelling and food marketing to children.
Prior to joining Cancer Council, Clare spent eight years as the Senior Food Policy Officer at Australia’s consumer organisation CHOICE. She was responsible for ensuring the interests of consumers were considered during food policy processes. During this time, she led CHOICE’s policy and advocacy projects on obesity, food labelling, food marketing, genetic modification and food safety. Clare also has more than 15 years’ experience representing both public health and consumer interests on the nutrition and food policy issues such as the NHMRC Dietary Guidelines Working Committee and the Health Star Ratings Technical Working Group.
Clare is available for interview and discussion on topics including tips to improve diet and lifestyle, how diet and lifestyle can reduce cancer risk and the impact of nutrition, physical activity and alcohol on cancer risk.
Clare can also talk about Cancer Council’s policy recommendations for physical activity and nutrition including the implementation of a comprehensive obesity prevention strategy, restrictions to junk food marketing to children, added sugar labelling and alcohol reforms.
Clare holds a Bachelor of Science (Nutrition), Master of Public Health and a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy.
For an interview with Clare Hughes please contact Cancer Council Australia’s Media Team on (02) 8256 4109 (the media hotline is available inside and outside of business hours). You can also email the media team on email@example.com.
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