Prostate Cancer Congress Local Committee
Tony is one of the leading prostate specialists internationally and is Professorial Fellow & Head Department of Urology, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, affiliated with Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne. Tony pioneered robotic surgery in Australia, is an invited faculty member of the American Urological Association where annually he teaches aspects of robotic surgery to an international audience, and is also on the Editorial Board of the US publication Journal of Robotic Surgery, the British Journal of Urology and the Journal of Endourology.
Phil has recently returned to Melbourne after two years in the UK, sub-specialising in laparoscopic and robotic urology. He is a urologist at the Royal Melbourne, Western General and Epworth hospitals with an interest in urologic oncology and in particular, high risk prostate cancer.
Clinical Urology Stream Convenor
Declan is Urologist & Director of Robotic Surgery at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Urologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He holds a number of editorial positions including Associate Editor at the British Journal of Urology International and Consulting Editor at European Urology.
Translational Science Meeting Convenor
Nursing, Allied Health and General Practice
Helen has been working in urology for over 20 years, and was instrumental in establishing urology nursing professional organisations in Australia. She is employed in a private urology practice, devoted to prostate cancer, as a Nurse Practitioner and at the Australian Centre for Prostate Cancer Research at Epworth as a research nurse. She has presented nationally and internationally, published and won awards for her work on the nursing management of men with prostate cancer.
Dr Addie Wootten – Clinical Psychologist, Department of Urology, The Royal Melbourne Hospital. Director of Clinical & Allied Health Research, Epworth Prostate Centre, eHealth Research Manager, Australian Prostate Cancer Research.
Dr Addie Wootten is a clinical psychologist who specialises in the area of prostate cancer. Dr Wootten is the eHealth research manager at Australian Prostate Cancer Research; the director of clinical and allied health research at the Epworth Prostate Centre and also works in the department of urology at The Royal Melbourne Hospital
General Practitioner Workshop Convenor
Jane has worked over 20 years in General Practice in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. In 2011 Jane started work as a Prostate Cancer Physician, part time, at the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre, (Epworth) where she sees men with Advanced Prostate Cancer and manages and monitors the effects of hormone therapy and provides chronic disease management. Jane is also involved with Prostate Cancer Research, with a particular interest in Prostate cancer management in primary care.
International Program Committee
Dr Martin Gleave
Dr Gleave is a BC Leadership Chair and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Urologic Sciences, University of British Columbia. He is the Director of the Vancouver Prostate Center, CEO of the PC-TRIADD National Centre of Excellence in Commercialisation and Research, and has published more than 300 papers and attracted over $60M in research funding. Dr Gleave is the recipient of numerous awards, including the NCIC’s prestigious William Rawls Award for contributions to cancer control in Canada. In 2003, he was appointed a Distinguished University Scholar at the University of British Columbia.
Professor David Neal
Prof Neal was appointed to the Foundation Chair of Surgical Oncology at the University of Cambridge in 2002 and is Honorary Consultant Urological Surgeon and Clinical Director of the Department of Urology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Prof Neal is a Group Leader at the CRUK funded Li Ka Shing Cambridge Research Institute, was Chair of the SAC in Urology and was appointed to PMETB. Prof Neal has published over 380 peer reviewed articles, and over 100 chapters and books. He holds a CRUK programme grant, where the total grant income is in excess of £57M. Prof Neal is an elected Council Member for the Royal College of Surgeons of England, a Member of the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons and was an elected member of the Post Graduate Medical Education and Training Board. Prof Neal is also an appointed Senior Faculty of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).
Professor Pat Walsh
Prof Walsh is best known for his 30 years as the Professor and Director of the Brady Urological Institute (1974 – 2004) and for his pioneering work in the development of “the anatomic approach to radical prostatectomy”. He is on the Editorial Board of the New England Journal of Medicine and is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. For 25 years he was the editor-in-chief of Campbell’s Textbook of Urology, which has been renamed Campbell Walsh in his honour. In 1996, Prof Walsh received the Charles F Kettering Medal from the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation for “the most outstanding recent contributions to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.” Prof Walsh was honoured as the 2007 National Physician of the Year for Clinical Excellence by America’s Top Doctors®, and was the co-recipient of the 2007 King Faisal International Prize in Medicine. Prof Walsh served as the President of both the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons and the Clinical Society of Genitourinary Surgeons.
Dr Geoff Coughlin – Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
Geoff Coughlin is a Urologist at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and a visiting medical practitioner at the Wesley Hospital. He commenced robotic surgery programs at these hospitals in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Dr Coughlin has an interest in robotic surgery and prostate cancer and is currently involved in clinical trials within these disciplines.
Dr Daniel Moon
Dr Peter Swindle – Mater Hosipital Brisbane, Mater Medical Research Institute
Dr Peter Swindle is a urologist who specialises solely in prostate cancer. His expertise lies in robotic prostatectomy and he has a special interest in MRI of the prostate.
Dr Swindle trained in Queensland and subsequently completed a Masters of Surgery at the University of Sydney on magnetic resonance of the prostate. He then undertook a 2 year subspecialty Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York focusing on prostate cancer and undertook 2 years research on MRI of the prostate. He also completed an American Brachytherapy Fellowship at the Seattle Prostate Institute.
He has a research appointment at the Mater Medical Research Institute as well as clinical appointments at the Mater Private Hospital, Mater Adults Hospital, Greenslopes Private Hospital and the Wesley Hospital.
Clinical Urology Breakfast
A/Prof Nathan Lawrentschuk – University of Melbourne, Department of Surgery and Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, Austin Hospital and Department of Surgical Oncology, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
Nathan is a Urologic Oncologist appointed Associate Professor University of Melbourne Department of Surgery/Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, Austin Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. He has published >200 peer-reviewed publications and presented at multiple international meetings. He completed a PhD in uro-oncology and an official Society of Urologic Oncology Fellowship in robotic and open cancer surgery at University of Toronto, Canada
Dr Ben Tran – The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Ben Tran is a consultant medical oncologist in Melbourne, Australia with appointments at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Ben is currently the chair of the GU tumour group within Cancer Trials Australia (CTA), and is the deputy chair of the germ cell subcommittee within the Australian and New Zealand Urological and Prostate Trials (ANZUP) Group.
Dr Siska VanBruwaene – Peter MacCalum Cancer Center
Urology Fellow at the PeterMacCallum Cancer Center. Fulfilled urology training in Belgium at the department of Prof H. Van Peppel, University Hospitals Leuven. Phd in laproscopic training. Special interest in oncology, robotic surgery.
Dr Roderick Van Den bergh
Nursing, Allied Health and General Practice
Ms Shan Morrison – Women’s and Men’s Health Physiotherapy
Shan Morrison is a Specialist Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapist, fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists and has post graduate qualifications in Continence and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation. She has over 20 years of experience and is the Director of Women’s and Men’s Health Physiotherapy, a Victorian private practice which specialises in managing pelvic floor disorders. She has a particular interest in the prevention and management of incontinence pre and post prostatectomy.
Mr David Gray – Australian Prostate Cancer Research
Dave is a nurse consultant at the Australian Centre for Prostate Cancer & Men’s Health. Special interests include men’s health and urological malignancies. Completed Masters of Nursing (Urology and Continence) in 2012, is currently a Nurse Practitioner Candidate (Flinders University) and is a hopelessly addicted golf tragic.
Ms Kay Talbot – Practice Manager/RN Australian Urology Associates
Kay is Practice Manager/RN at Australian Urology Associates and has been involved in Urological nursing for many years. She has particular interests in prosthetics in urology & nursing education. She was a founding member of the Victorian Urological Nurses Society, and the Australia and New Zealand Urological Nurses Society. Kay is a strong proponent of the role of the specialist nurse in urological patient care.
Mr Max Rutherford – Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australian Centre for Prostate Cancer & Men’s Health, Mindfulness Psychology Eltham
Max Rutherford has been working as a psychologist, psychotherapist and teacher of mindfulness meditation for over fifteen years. His areas of specialty are: Individual & Couple Therapy, Psycho-oncology, Mindfulness Meditation Instruction. He works at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, at The Australian Centre for Prostate Cancer & Men’s Health, and in private practice.
Prof Robert Newton – Edith Cowan University
Professor Rob Newton is Foundation Professor in Exercise Science and Director of Edith Cowan University Health and Wellness Institute, Perth, Western Australia. Current clinical and research directions include: exercise medicine for reducing decline in strength, body composition and functional ability in cancer patients; ADT toxicities; and mechanisms of exercise effects on tumour biology.
Prof Dennis Taeffe – Edith Cowan University
Professor Dennis Taaffe is an eminent academic in the field of exercise science. Professor Taaffe has been undertaking exercise trials in older persons for the past 20 years, examining the beneficial effects of this activity on the musculoskeletal system and physical function.
This work was initially undertaken during a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine, and later continued in Finland at the University of Jyväskylä, at the National Institute on Aging (NIH) in the USA and at the University of Queensland, and is planned to continue at the University of Newcastle where he has recently moved. Work to date clearly demonstrates a high degree of residual plasticity remaining in the ageing neuromuscular system, with numerous functional benefits derived as a result of physical training.
Prof John Mills – TissuPath Specialist Pathology, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, The Burnet Institute, Monash University Faculty of Medicine, Dept of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Prof John Mills, AO SB MD FACP FRACP ARCPA is an internationally-respected clinician, scientist and businessman. He was the founder of TissuPath Specialist Pathology (a boutique, research-oriented anatomic pathology practice in Victoria) in 2003 with Dr Michael Cohen and A/Prof John Pedersen, and he remains in the practice as Director of Research & Development. In 2007 he was appointed as the Head of the Research Program of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, a position he held until 2013 (he remains a non-executive director of PCFA). His main current research interests include virology and prostate cancer, reflected in his output of over 200 peer-reviewed articles reporting original research as well as many reviews, books and book chapters.