Meet our Spokespeople

  • Adjunct Professor Karen Canfell

    Adjunct Professor Karen Canfell

    Karen Canfell is the Director, Cancer Research Division at Cancer Council NSW, Chair of Cancer Council Australia’s Cancer Screening and Immunisation Committee, and Adjunct Professor, University of Sydney. She leads a program of research which provides...
  • Anita Dessaix

    Anita Dessaix

    As Director Cancer Prevention and Advocacy, Anita is responsible for leading strategy and program efforts in the two Cancer Council NSW strategic priority areas of Prevention and Advocacy. The Division’s focus is on reducing the burden of cancer and...
  • Annie Miller

    Annie Miller

    As Director of the Cancer Support Services Division, 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. Annie is responsible to ensure each area...
  • 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...
  • David Smith

    David Smith

    A/Prof David Smith has published and presented extensively in cancer epidemiology in NSW. His major interest is in prostate cancer, specifically in the epidemiology of the disease, the effect of PSA testing on the population trends and in the patterns...
  • Honorary Professor Dianne O'Connell

    Honorary Professor Dianne O'Connell

    Honorary Professor Dianne O'Connell is a Senior Epidemiologist and Manager of the Methods Group at Cancer Council NSW’s Research Division. Honorary Prof O’Connell has extensive experience in designing and analysing epidemiological studies and randomised...
  • Dr Eleonora Feletto

    Dr Eleonora Feletto

    Eleonora completed a PhD in the Pharmacy Faculty at the University of Sydney. Her research interests include the areas of cancer control, environmental risk factors of cancer, the implementation of health services in practice and the use of alternative...
  • Jane Hobson

    Jane Hobson

    Jane Hobson leads the Research Grants Management Team at Cancer Council NSW. In this role, she facilitates $10 million funding a year for cancer research. In order to decide which research the organisation funds, Jane and her team ensure both the scientific...
  • Lauren McAlister

    Lauren McAlister

    Lauren is the Acting Manager of the 13 11 20 Information and Support service, leading a team of experienced health professionals to provide emotional support, evidenced based information, and referral to programs and services for people affected by cancer....
  • 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...
  • Dr Marianne Weber

    Dr Marianne Weber

    Marianne’s research interests are in modifiable risk factors for cancer such as tobacco and alcohol consumption, and in cancer screening. Marianne co-leads our Lung Cancer Research Group which combines expertise in modelling, biostatistics, epidemiology,...
  • Megan Smith

    Megan Smith

    Megan’s research focuses on optimising cervical cancer prevention, at the population level and in different population subgroups. She has contributed to a large number of reports to government, including several evaluations that have directly informed...
  • Dr Natalie Taylor

    Dr Natalie Taylor

    Dr Natalie Taylor has expertise in health and organisational behaviour change. Her current research is focussed on testing the impact of behaviour change and implementation science methods for enhancing the translation of clinical guidelines to improve...
  • Dr Nicole Rankin

    Dr Nicole Rankin

    Dr Nicole Rankin is an implementation scientist with an extensive background in cancer control, including translation of evidence into practice and policy, psycho-oncology, qualitative research and clinical practice guideline development. Nicole is leading...
  • 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....
  • Dr Visalini Nair-Shalliker

    Dr Visalini Nair-Shalliker

    Dr Visalini Nair-Shalliker’s research is focussed on identifying environmental, lifestyle and molecular risk factors of prostate cancer, to improve our understanding on the interactions between modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors. She completed...
  • Wendy Watson

    Wendy Watson

    Wendy Watson is a Senior Nutrition Project Officer at Cancer Council NSW. She has published on food labelling and food marketing to children. Wendy's work incorporates using advocacy to contribute to food policy debate. She manages the Junkbusters campaign,...
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