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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  • Angeline Sharp

    Angeline Sharp

    Angeline Sharp has recently joined Cancer Council NSW as the new Financial Counsellor in the Central Coast region, as part of our Financial Assistance Program. This new, face-to-face service has been funded by the Greater Charitable Foundation.

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  • Annie Miller

    Annie Miller

    Annie is the Director of Cancer Information and Support Services Division at Cancer Council NSW. Annie is responsible for leading Cancer Council NSW’s contribution to its key mission-related area of information and support for people affected by cancer....

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  • Christina Watts

    Christina Watts

    Christina is a Senior Project Officer in the Tobacco Control Unit within the Cancer Prevention and Advocacy Division. Christina works across a range of tobacco control policy issues, including tobacco retail, smoke-free environments and e-cigarettes,...

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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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  • Dr Nicole Rankin

    Dr Nicole Rankin

    Dr Nicole Rankin is a Senior Research Fellow at Cancer Council NSW. Dr Rankin is an implementation scientist with an extensive background in cancer control, including translation of evidence into practice and policy, psycho-oncology, qualitative research...

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  • Elle Halliwell

    Elle Halliwell

    Two years ago, popular fashion and entertainment reporter Elle Halliwell received life changing news - she was living with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML). Just 48 hours later she received another shock - she was pregnant with her first child. As a...

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  • Emma White

    Emma White

    Emma is the People and Communications Delivery Lead at Cancer Council NSW. Before joining Cancer Council NSW in late 2011, Emma spent three years in the federal government, working across a range of program areas including safety and quality in healthcare,...

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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

    As Manager of Skin Cancer Prevention at Cancer Council NSW, Liz leads the implementation of sun protection programs across various settings, to enable good sun protection practices that will reduce the risk of skin cancer, and improve the health and wellbeing...

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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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  • Professor Karen Canfell

    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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  • Renata Gortan

    Renata Gortan

    Three years ago, at just 32, Renata was diagnosed with grade three, invasive, HER1 positive breast cancer. The popular journalist and food reporter documented her cancer experience in her blog, When Life Goes Tits Up. As a proud Daffodil Day Ambassador,...

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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 Senior Nutrition Project Officer 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. Wendy and her...

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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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