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Professor Sanchia ArandaPaul Grogan

CEO

Professor Sanchia Aranda is CEO of Cancer Council Australia and President-elect of the Union for International Cancer Control in Geneva, and regarded as one of the world’s pre-eminent experts in cancer control.

With more than 30 years’ experience in cancer control as a clinician, researcher, educator and health-system administrator, Professor Aranda is a former Deputy CEO at the Cancer Institute NSW and President of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care.

From her early career as a Registered Nurse in New Zealand she specialised in cancer treatment and palliative care, completing a Bachelor of Applied Science, a Master of Nursing and a doctoral thesis in the nurse-patient relationship and psychosocial issues in palliative care. She has extensive experience in health-system administration and most recently was Director of Cancer Services and Information and Deputy CEO at the Cancer Institute NSW.

Widely published in Australian and international health literature, Professor Aranda holds academic appointments at the School of Health Sciences, University of Melbourne and the Faculty of Nursing, University of Sydney.

In 2013 she was named the 4th Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Distinguished Fellow for her contributions to cancer nursing.

As CEO of Australia’s peak non-government cancer control organisation, Professor Aranda is a strong independent voice on evidence-based cancer control. She is engaged in all fields of cancer from primary prevention through to survivorship and advanced care, and has a particular professional interest in improved ways to care for and support cancer patients.

She is a regular commentator on cancer issues in Australian media.

For an interview with Professor Aranda, please contact Cancer Council Australia's Media Team on (02) 8063 4109 (the media hotline is available inside and outside of business hours). You can also email the media team on media@cancer.org.au.


Paul GroganPaul Grogan

Director of Public Policy and Advocacy and Acting-Chair, Tobacco Issues Committee
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Sydney Medical School (School of Public Health), University of Sydney

Paul Grogan has been Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at Cancer Council Australia for the past 14 years. Paul oversees the development and promotion of Cancer Council Australia’s cancer control policy resources and recommendations and is a regular media commentator on cancer and health issues in a public policy context. As well as overseeing the writing, peer-review and publication of Cancer Council Australia’s evidence-based policy resources, Paul leads the strategic work aimed at converting the organisation’s recommendations into government policy.

Paul is also an adjunct senior lecturer at the University of Sydney, where he has lectured for a number of years on health policy and public affairs.

Before joining Cancer Council, Paul was a media and policy adviser for a number of federal and NSW government agencies, including six years in public affairs with the Australian Department of Health.

For an interview with Paul Grogan, please contact Cancer Council Australia's Media Team on (02) 8063 4109 (the media hotline is available inside and outside of business hours). You can also email the media team on media@cancer.org.au.


Professor Bernard W. StewartProfessor Bernard Stewart

Scientific Advisor
MSc PhD FRACI DipLaw

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 Team on (02) 8063 4109 (the media hotline is available inside and outside of business hours). You can also email the media team on media@cancer.org.au.  


Professor Karen CanfellKaren Canfell

Chair, Cancer Screening and Immunisation Committee, Cancer Council Australia

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) 8063 4109 (the media hotline is available inside and outside of business hours). You can also email the media team on media@cancer.org.au.

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Heather WalkerHeather Walker

Chair, Skin Cancer Committee

Heather Walker is one of the Cancer Council’s experts on skin cancer.

As SunSmart Manager 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 science and research, early diagnosis and treatment policy at Cancer Research UK, achieving increased investment in the NHS’s diagnostic and radiotherapy services. She contributed significantly to England’s cancer strategy, paving the way for future innovation in cancer care. Heather then moved to Melbourne to work on improvements to the cancer screening programs in the Victorian Government. Heather 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) 8063 4109 (the media hotline is available inside and outside of business hours). You can also email the media team on media@cancer.org.au..

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Steve PrattHeather Walker

Chair, Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee

Steve Pratt is the Nutrition and Physical Activity Manager at Cancer Council Western Australia and is a Visiting Adjunct Research Fellow at the WA Cancer Prevention Research Unit in the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology at Curtin University. He is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Exercise Physiologist, and holds a Graduate Certificate in Food Technology from Curtin University.

Previously, Steve was chair of Cancer Council Australia’s Alcohol Working Party and spent nine years as the convenor of the Oncology Interest Group for the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA).

Mr Pratt has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications on nutrition, obesity, alcohol and physical activity. These include social marketing campaign evaluations, health behaviour population monitoring, health promotion program evaluation and policy effectiveness.

As Chair of Cancer Council Australia’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee, Steve is available to comment on how diet, alcohol, weight and physical activity relate to cancer risk. For an interview with Steve Pratt, please contact Cancer Council Australia's Media Team on (02) 8063 4109 (the media hotline is available inside and outside of business hours). You can also email the media team on media@cancer.org.au.

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Craig Sinclair

Craig Sinclair

Prevention advisor

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) 8063 4109 (the media hotline is available inside and outside of business hours). You can also email the media team on media@cancer.org.au

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Anita DessaixAnita Dessaix

Chair, Public Health Committee, Cancer Council Australia

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) 8063 4109 (our media hotline is available inside and outside of business hours) or email media@cancer.org.au .

 

 


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