Our Patron

We are honoured to have Professor Michael Friedlander AM as our Patron.


Professor Michael Friedlander AM

Professor Michael Friedlander is a conjoint Professor of Medicine at UNSW and  a senior staff specialist in Medical Oncology at the Prince of Wales Hospital.  The National Centre for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) is honoured to have him as our Patron.

Professor Friedlander has been the Principle Investigator in many clinical trials that have resulted in significant improvements in the outcomes in people with cancer. The impact of his work is supported by more than 250 research publications. He has received numerous peer reviewed research grants and leads a very successful research program in cancer of the breast and ovary.

Professor Friedlander has also championed the critical importance of  patient-reported outcomes and is widely recognized for championing  the inclusion of patient reported outcomes as endpoints in clinical trials .

He has received a number of awards including the Medical Oncology Group of Australia Cancer Achievement Award in 2007 recognising his contribution to Cancer Control and Research in Australia as well as an Order of Australia (AM) in 2011 for service to Medicine in the field of Oncology.  In addition he has been recognized by his peers and included in  Best Doctors in Australia and New Zealand since it was initiated in 2012. In  2012  the  International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS) gave him an  Award for Excellence in Gynecologic Oncology. In 2013 he received  NSW Parliament Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding service to the community in the field of gynecological oncology and research into women’s cancers. In 2014   he was awarded The Professor Rob Sutherland AO Make a Difference by Cancer Institute NSW and in  2015 The Jeannie Ferris Cancer Australia Recognition Award to recognise outstanding contribution to improving outcomes for women with gynaecological cancers.


"At first a felt a bit funny about talking to a lady about my problems after my cancer treatment, but my doctor is really nice and really understanding.  Plus she is an oncologist so she understands all the medical stuff that goes along with cancer treatment so I didn't have to explain things to her the way I did to my GP.  I felt like she really understood where I was coming from and gave me some good strategies to help with my issues.  And she wrote a care plan and sent a copy to my GP as well, so hopefully now when I go to see him he will feel like he is better able to treat me."

Anthony, prostate cancer survivor
"At 26 I was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer... having survived this (thanks to a great medical team), I ‘floundered’ for many years with the resulting impact of early menopause, fertility issues and general fatigue. Even worse, I felt extreme guilt that I should be able to overcome these issues easily as I survived when others didn’t, I really didn’t have the right to ever complain again. This impacted directly on my confidence, self esteem and identity. ……I am now 46, have 2 children, a partner, a career and a good life.  However, the struggle I had undergone, in pretty much isolation, has been hard.  Even friends and family who were great during treatment felt I should ‘just move on’.  The establishment of this centre is a great comfort as it shows there is now a greater awareness of cancer survivor issues to hopefully ensure better long term support for people who have had cancer."

Melinda, ovarian cancer survivor 
"I am aware of the National Centre for Cancer Survivorship and support them in their mission to find new and better ways to care for cancer survivors through research. With the high number of Australians now surviving cancer or living with ongoing cancer for many years, we need to better understand the health issues confronting this group and develop interventions to address their unique and often complex needs. As someone who has worked in the medical oncology setting for 20 years, I believe the National Centre for Cancer Survivorship is leading the way in this work."

Dr Elizabeth Hovey, MB BS FRACP MSC - Medical Oncologist, SESIAHS & UNSW, Prince of Wales Hospital
"As Director of the Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital and Professor of Paediatrics at the University of NSW, I have watched the development of the National Centre for Cancer Survivorship over the last few years. I strongly support the opportunity the Centre provides to bring together research focusing on survivors of childhood cancer with that focusing on adult survivors. In both areas it is clear that there are many unresolved challenges in understanding the health care needs of cancer survivors, and developing best practice interventions for both prevention and treatment of those problems. I believe wholeheartedly that the work that being undertaken through the Centre will benefit both kids and adult survivors people for many years to come."

Professor Glenn Marshall, AM, MB, BS, FRACP, MD Paediatric Haematologist & Oncologist, Director, Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital