Our People

Our experienced team is dedicated to finding new and innovative
ways to care for cancer survivors through evidence-based research.

 

The National Centre for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) is governed by an expert executive team dedicated to the development of evidence-based care and support services for Australian cancer survivors. 

Executive Team and Directors

Professor Andrew Lloyd AMAndrew is both a specialist physician and a highly experienced researcher across the disciplines of clinical medicine, epidemiology, and basic sciences, including genetics and immunology. He is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Practitioner Research Fellow, and has held continuous NHMRC funding since 1988. He was awarded the Australia Medal in 2002 for his contributions to clinical research. He has over 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

In relation to cancer survivorship research, Andrew leads a clinical and laboratory-based research program studying the pathogenesis of medically unexplained fatigue states, including post-cancer fatigue. He is the chief investigator on a Cancer Australia-funded project evaluating a multi-disciplinary intervention for post-cancer fatigue in a randomized controlled trial – the Treatment of Post-Cancer Fatigue Study (TOPS).

Professor David Goldstein

David is a medical oncologist with a long research interest in supportive care of cancer patients and treatment-related side effects.  He also is involved in clinical and laboratory research of novel drug therapies. He is a full time clinician with a focus on gastrointestinal malignancies.

David has served in a public capacity on a number of cancer organisations including the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia as its president and as treasurer of the Australasian Gastrointestinal Trials group. He has over 160 peer reviewed publications and is a co-investigator on a number of laboratory and clinical research grants. He leads a Cancer Institute NSW-funded Translational Program studying chemotherapy-induced peripheral nerve injury.

Associate Professor Richard Cohn

Richard is Head of Clinical Oncology at Sydney Children’s Hospital and Head of the Childhood Cancer Long-term Follow-up Program. He is chairman of the Australian and New Zealand Children’s Haematology Oncology Group (ANZCHOG) and a member of the International Committee on harmonisation of late effects guidelines for follow-up of childhood cancer survivors.

Richard has over 80 peer-reviewed publications and is a co-investigator on a number of laboratory and clinical research grants. His research in cancer survivorship includes the establishment of a NSW-wide cohort of childhood cancer survivors, linkage studies on mortality and second cancers, metabolic syndrome and the psychological impact of the cancer journey on the child and family.

Roshana Sultan

Roshana has extensive experience in administration and finance having worked in a variety of public and private sector organisations over the past 12 years.

She has skills and qualifications in business administration, accounting, graphic design and event management and has worked with a number of charities and community organisations predominantly in the areas of administration and event coordination.

As the Centre's Executive Officer, Roshana works across all facets of the organisation and is the 'go to' person for most issues relating to this centre.

 

Treatment Team

Carolina is a PhD candidate and Accredited Exercise Physiologist. She specialises in graded exercise therapy for people with fatigue disorders (post-viral/post-infective fatigue, post-cancer fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome). Her PhD thesis is investigating optimised interventions for medically-unexplained fatigue disorders. She is the co-ordinator and chief exercise physiologist of a cancer Australia-funded project evaluating a multi-disciplinary intervention for post-cancer fatigue in a randomized controlled trial – the Treatment of Post-Cancer Fatigue Study (TOPS).

Joanne has worked as a Senior Research Officer and Psychologist at UNSW since 2008.  She has completed a Master of Psychology (Clinical) at Macquarie University and her work and her experience is varied. She has experience working with many clinical presentations such as depression, anxiety and substance dependence.  Jo works with adults, adolescents and children utilising evidence based assessments and treatments and is currently our in-house Clinical Psychologist seeing patients with various fatigue conditions including post-cancer fatigue

Dr Webber is a medical oncologist and Research Director of the NCCS.  She has a clinical and research interest in the physical, psychosocial and practical sequelae of cancer and its treatment.  Her research projects to date have included studies on persistent fatigue after treatment for early breast cancer and its impact on health care utilisation and unmet needs, as well as the impact of treatment for early breast cancer on sexual function breast and gynaecological cancers and on quality of life.

Sally is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with a Masters in Clinical Exercise Science and over eight years’ experience providing exercise services for people with a range of medical conditions including cancer. Sally is the coordinator of a supervised strength training program, ‘Strength Clinic’ at the UNSW Lifestyle Clinic, and has a strong interest in the anabolic effects of strength training for muscle and bone that has been shown to counteract some of the side effects of cancer management, improve physical function, reduce fatigue, decrease depression, improve sleep patterns and increase overall quality of life.

Briana graduated with a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology from UNSW in 2014 before beginning her Masters.  She is now an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) and Exercise and Sports Science Australia member, and has gained experience working as an AEP delivering individualised exercise programming to assist in the management of a range of chronic diseases such as metabolic disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer, neuromuscular conditions and acquired brain injury rehabilitation.

 

Administrative Team

Sarah-Jane is a qualified accountant with a broad background in accounting, project coordination and administration.  She has worked for large international blue chip companies to small sole trader businesses. For the last three years Sarah-Jane has worked in research administration. As the Centre’s Administrative Support, Sarah-Jane helps manage the finance and administration for the NCCS.

Testimonials

"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