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
Andrew 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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.