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Governance refers to the systems and processes which are used to direct, control and hold to account an organisation.  It defines where in the organisation accountability and responsibility are maintained.

Safe and Effective Medicines Advisory Group

Dr Alison Hadley

Consultant Medical Oncologist, Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital, Queensland

Ms Chantelle van Bronswijk

Senior Pharmacist, Perth Childrens Hospital, WA


 Ms Samantha Gibson

Nurse Practitioner, Western Oncology, WA.  Sam’s career in cancer nursing spans nearly 30 years. Before joining Western Oncology, Sam worked as an Oncology Nurse Practitioner (NP) at St John of God Subiaco Hospital, after being endorsed by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA) in Western Australia as the first Oncology NP.

Sam completed her Master of Nursing Nurse Practitioner in 2012, graduating with Distinction and receiving the academic prize from Curtin University for the top graduating student. She was endorsed as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) in 2013. Further to being an experienced registered nurse with higher level qualifications, NPs are the most senior clinical nurses in the Australian health care system and their title is legally protected and endorsed by the AHPRA. An NP can practice autonomously and in collaborative partnerships to perform advanced physical assessments, order and interpret diagnostic tests, initiate referrals to relevant healthcare providers and prescribe appropriate medications and therapies as needed. Medicare recognises the services provided by an NP and provides rebates for these services.

Ms Julie Adams

Founder and Managing Director chemo@home


Expert Reference Group (Gastroenterology)

Ms Serena Martin

BN, Grad Dip NSc (acute care), Cert ESTN

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Nurse Consultant

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital


Prof Ian Lawrance

Prof Lawrance is a Professor in the School of Medicine and Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Australia, and a Gastroenterologist at St John of God Subiaco Hospital. He is a leading expert in the management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) patients. He has over 90 peer-reviewed papers in the field of IBD, including in Nature, Nature genetics, Lancet, NEJM and Gastroenterology papers. He is on the editorial board of numerous scientific publications and the Genetics Section Editor for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.

Ms Clarissa Rentsch

Senoir Gastroenterology Outpatient Pharmacist, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria







Expert Reference Group (Haematology)

Dr Hasib Sidiqi

Hasib received his medical degree from the University of Western Australia in 2008 and completed his haematology advanced training in 2017 with rotations at Sir Charles Gairdiner and Royal Perth Hospitals.  He recently completed a 2-year fellowship at Mayo Clinic Rochester focusing on Myeloma, Amyloidosis and Bone Marrow Transplantation. Before taking up his roles at the Mayo Clinic, Hasib was a research associate at the Translational Cancer Pathology Laboratory, at UWA.


Ms Karen Chiang

Application Analyst (Oncology), Connecting Care Parkville EMR Project, Melbourne Health, Victoria




Expert Reference Group (Neurology)

Prof Allan Kermode

Clinical Professor Allan Kermode is a Consultant Neurologist and Head of the Demyelinating Diseases Research at the Perron Institute, a Clinical Professor of Neurology at The University of Western Australia, and Head of the Department of Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, WA. Recently, Professor Kermode was appointed Visiting Professor at Sun Yat-sen University in China’s Guangdong Province.

Professor Kermode sees patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), manages a research team investigating causes of MS, and is Professor of Immunology at the Institute for Immunology and Infectious Diseases (IIID) based at Murdoch University, where he also conducts MS clinics.

Mr Paul Stockle

Specialist Multiple Sclerosis Nurse, Specialists on College, SA


Expert Reference Group (Oncology)

Assoc Prof Ali Tafreshi

Associate Professor Ali Tafreshi is a medical oncologist at Illawarra (Wollongong), Shellharbour and Shoalhaven (Nowra) in NSW. He has extensive experience in treating different solid tumours including gastrointestinal tract tumours, breast cancers, lung cancers, genitourinary tumours, gynaecology cancers and brain tumours.

Dr Christine Carrington

Dr Christine Carrington is a Senior Consultant Pharmacist for Cancer Services and Deputy Director of Pharmacy at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Queensland. She has over 30 years’ experience working as a pharmacist in cancer at a clinical, service and research level in Australia and overseas. Christine lectures at the University of Queensland on topics related to cancer. She is an elected member of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) board.


Expert Reference Group (Rheumatology)


Medical Consultants

Assoc Prof Garry Wilkes FACEM, Emergency Physician

Assoc Prof Garry Wilkes is a senior specialist in emergency medicine. He has more than 30 years clinical experience across public and private sectors throughout Australia and has a strong background in teaching, education and clinical reform.