Professor Ian Olver, a highly respected medical oncologist and researcher both in Australia and overseas, is a member of the Advisory Council for Cancer Australia (the Australian Federal Government’s cancer control agency) and sits on the Council of the National Health and Medical Research Council. As head of the nation’s peak non-government cancer control organisation,he is a leading independent voice on evidence-based cancer control policy. While Clinical Director at Royal Adelaide Hospital Cancer Centre, Professor Olver established the first oncology clinic in Alice Springs and pioneered a telemedicine link for multidisciplinary cancer care between Adelaide and Darwin. He is a leading campaigner for improved care of Indigenous Australians with cancer, following his groundbreaking work as a remote oncologist in Central Australia. His books include Conquering Cancer: Your Guide to Treatment and Research and Is Death Ever Preferable to Life? He has also written 22 book chapters and over 240 research articles in journals. Professor Olver’s perspective is informed by his unique mix of clinical/ scientific experience and his work in the prevention and public health fields. He is also a well known researcher, whose current research focus is on psycho-social aspects of cancer. Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Sydney, Ian Olver was awarded the Cancer Achievement Award by the Medical Oncology Group of Australia in 2008 and in 2011 became a Member of the Order of Australia.
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