Blog contributors

  • David Smith

    David Smith

    A/Prof David Smith is a Research Fellow and cancer epidemiologist at the Cancer Council NSW. He has a particular focus on prostate cancer, prostate cancer testing and prostate cancer outcomes in Australia. David works in the Health Services Research...

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  • Adjunct Professor Karen Canfell

    Adjunct Professor Karen Canfell

    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...

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  • Annie Miller

    Annie Miller

    Annie is the Manager of Practical Support at Cancer Council NSW and is responsible for the Survivorship team, Pro Bono Legal and Financial Program, Cancer Council Information Centres, Transport, Home Help and Financial Assistance. With a background in...

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  • Clare Hughes

    Clare Hughes

    Clare is the Nutrition Program Manager for Cancer Council NSW working to promote healthy lifestyles and creating an environment that supports and encourages Australians to make healthy choices to reduce their cancer risk. Clare and her team of dietitians...

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  • Professor Dianne O'Connell

    Professor Dianne O'Connell

    Professor Dianne O'Connell heads up the Health Services Research Program of the Cancer Research Division. This program conducts research studies examining current and optimum diagnostic and treatment pathways, short and long term effects of treatment...

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  • Dr Marianne Weber

    Dr Marianne Weber

    Marianne Weber is a Research Fellow at Cancer Council NSW, working in cancer epidemiology for the past 10 years.  She is Cancer Council’s lead investigator on the 45 and Up Study, the largest prospective cohort study ever undertaken in Australia....

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  • Emma White

    Emma White

    Emma is the Manager of Volunteering at Cancer Council NSW and responsible for providing the best possible experience for the Council’s 2,500 regular volunteers and 30,000 community supporters. Emma leads a team that focuses on four key priorities for...

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  • Hannah Baird

    Hannah Baird

    Hannah is Lead Supportive Care Manager at Cancer Council NSW, overseeing the 13 11 20 Information and Support service and Peer Support Programs, including Cancer Council Online Community. She has previously held senior roles with CanTeen Australia as...

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  • Jacqui Jones

    Jacqui Jones

    Jacqui is the Health Communications Officer for Cancer Council NSW’s flagship nutrition program Eat It To Beat It. Eat It To Beat It is a practical, community-based program that works with primary schools and parents to inspire families to eat more...

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  • Julie McCrossin

    Julie McCrossin

    Julie McCrossin gets people talking and she is renowned for her warmth, humour, intelligence and commitment to social justice. After 20 years as a broadcaster with ABC Radio National, ABC TV and Network Ten, she is now a freelance journalist and facilitator....

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  • Kathy Chapman

    Kathy Chapman

    Kathy was Director of Cancer Programs at Cancer Council NSW, focussing on prevention, information and support for people affected by cancer, and advocacy. Key programs include: Tackling Tobacco, the SunSmart Program, Eat It To Beat It, 13 11 20 Information...

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  • Kelly Williams

    Kelly Williams

    Kelly Williams is Manager of Policy and Advocacy at Cancer Council NSW. Kelly and her team work to improve the way governments deal with cancer, including policy and legislation changes in tobacco control, cancer care for Aboriginal people, and access...

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  • Leigh Van Der Horst

    Leigh Van Der Horst

    Leigh Van Der Horst is the wife of a wonderful man and mother to four boys. They live at Victoria's beautiful Mornington Peninsula. Leigh discovered a passion for writing when her beloved mother passed away from cancer and can often be found writing...

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  • Linda McSweeny

    Linda McSweeny

    Linda McSweeny has been a journalist, editor and writer for 24 years. She has worked for national and international newswires and contributed to media including The Wall Street Journal, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Sunday Life and

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  • Liz King

    Liz King

    Liz is the Manager of the Skin Cancer Prevention Unit at Cancer Council NSW and works to change social environments and individual behaviours that promote good sun protection, reduce the risk of skin cancer, and improve the health and wellbeing of people...

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  • Maria Shaw

    Maria Shaw

    Maria manages Cancer Council's National Pro Bono Program.  The Pro Bono Program is a unique supportive care program delivered nationally.  The program is designed to help people affected by cancer with financial planning, legal, small business accounting...

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  • Nikola Ellis

    Nikola Ellis

    Nikola Ellis has been immersed in yoga for 25 years and is the founder and principal teacher at Adore Yoga in Sydney.  Nikola specialises in yoga therapy, tailoring the techniques of yoga and meditation to help people manage their health and wellbeing....

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  • Sally Linwood

    Sally Linwood

    Sally Linwood is a lawyer with a background in corporate governance and pro bono legal services. Sally worked as a lawyer at a corporate law firm for 6 years (including a 6 month secondment at a youth legal centre) before joining the Cancer Council Pro...

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  • Sarah Penman

    Sarah Penman

    Sarah was Legal and Financial Support Services at Cancer Council NSW, which included managing the National Pro Bono Program, which works to reduce the burden of legal, financial and workplace issues facing people affected by cancer across the country. Her...

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  • Scott Walsberger

    Scott Walsberger

    As Manager of Tobacco Control, Scott leads a passionate team who work to reduce the burden of tobacco on the people of NSW. The team works across three priority areas in tobacco control: smoking and disadvantage, smoke-free environments and tobacco retailing....

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  • Vanessa Rock

    Vanessa Rock

    As the Skin Cancer Prevention Manager at Cancer Council NSW, Vanessa Rock’s role is to support the NSW community to minimize overexposure to UV radiation to reduce incidences and mortality of skin cancer in the long term. Vanessa and her team have...

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  • Wendy Watson

    Wendy Watson

    Wendy Watson is the Nutrition Program Manager at Cancer Council NSW. She has worked in the Nutrition Unit as a nutrition project officer for almost seven years on food policy projects. She has published on food labelling and food marketing to children....

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  • Yvonne Hughes

    Yvonne Hughes

    Yvonne Hughes is the author of One Piece of Advice: Words to guide you through early breast cancer. One Piece of Advice was written after Yvonne began treatment for breast cancer. She started writing the book to capture the generosity of those who had...

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