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Professor Ian Olver AM

Director, Sansom Institute for Health Research, University of South Australia Former CEO, Cancer Council Australia

Professor Ian Olver is a cancer researcher, bioethicist and medical oncologist, with senior posts in Australia and abroad.

Director of the Sansom Institute for Health Research in South Australia, Professor Olver was previously CEO of Cancer Council Australia. He is also a former Chair of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia.

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, 19 book chapters and two 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.