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New appointments to Cancer Australia Advisory Council

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Health Minister Greg Hunt has appointed six new members to the Cancer Australia Advisory Council, including high-profile AMA member Associate Professor Kelvin Kong.

The new Advisory Council members appointed for three years are:

  • Distinguished research scientist Professor Joanne Aitken
  • Gynaecological oncologist Associate Professor Penny Blomfield
  • Leading Indigenous Otolaryngologist Associate Professor Kelvin Kong
  • Consumer advocate Lillian Leigh
  • Radiation oncologist Dr Serena Sia
  • Former NSW Minister for Health the Honourable Jillian Skinner

 “I warmly welcome to the new members and look forward to working with them in the unrelenting fight against cancer,” Mr Hunt said.

“I’m confident that all members will bring their expertise in helping our country combat cancer.”

The Minister also said he was proud of the majority female representation on the Advisory Council with eight of 13 members being women.

The Cancer Australia Advisory Council provides strategic advice to support Cancer Australia in the performance of its functions.

This includes providing national leadership to reduce the impact of cancer, addressing disparities and improving outcomes for people affected by cancer.

“I am also delighted to announce that Professor Bob Thomas OAM has been reappointed as chair of the Cancer Australia Advisory Council, along with other Council members Dr William Glasson AO, Professor Dorothy Keefe PSM, and Perry Sperling PSM,” Mr Hunt said.

“I want to thank the outgoing members of the Advisory Council Michelle Ace, Keri Huxley OAM, Dianne Rule, Dr Judith Soper and Professor George Yeoh for their highly valued contribution.”

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