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COUNCIL MEMBERS

COUNCIL OFFICE BEARERS


PRESIDENT

Dr Leanne Berkahn
Department of Haematology
Auckland City Hospital
New Zealand

Leanne Berkahn is currently a Clinical Haematologist at Auckland Hospital, New Zealand, where she leads the Lymphoma tumour stream, and a Senior Lecturer in Haematology in the Department of Molecular medicine and Pathology at the University of Auckland. After study at the University of Otago, Leanne did her clinical training at Auckland Hospital, and in Vancouver and Toronto, as well three years as Assistant Professor of Medicine and BMT attending at Rush Presbyterian St Luke’s Medical Centre in Chicago, USA. Leanne is the New Zealand Councillor and President of HSANZ.

VICE PRESIDENT

Assoc Prof Steven Lane
QIMR Berghofer
Queensland

Steven Lane is an Associate Professor in Medicine at the University of Queensland. He is a consultant haematologist and Director of Research in Cancer Care Services at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. He is the Head of the Cancer Program at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and Group Leader of the Gordon and Jessie Gilmour Leukaemia Research Laboratory. He completed joint clinical and laboratory haematology training at RBWH, Pathology Queensland and the Princess Alexandra Hospital. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Harvard Medical School. In addition to being Treasurer and Queensland Councillor of the HSANZ, Steven is also Head of the Cancer Theme of Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners, a committee member of the Metro North Research Committee. He is supported by a CSL Centenary Fellowship, the Leukaemia Foundation and NHMRC. He was Cure Cancer Australia’s Researcher of the Year (2016). Steven was the Convenor for Blood 2018 (National annual scientific meeting jointly organized by the HSANZ, ANZSBT and THSANZ).

HONORARY SECRETARY

Assoc Prof Christina Brown
Institute of Haematology
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
New South Wales

Christina Brown is a Clinical and Laboratory Haematologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney and a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney. She obtained her medical degree at the University of Sydney and has dual fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathology of Australasia. Prior to medical training she was a medical research scientist with a PhD from London University in B cell autoimmunity. Her subspecialty interests are in malignant haematology and include lymphoma, MDS, AML and the myeloproliferative disorders. She has a strong focus in post graduate medical education and is a haematology examiner with the Royal Australasian College of Pathologists and the current Coordinator of Advanced Training in Haematology on the Committee for Joint College training within the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

HONORARY TREASURER

Dr William (Bill) Renwick
Oncology Research
Sunshine Hospital
Victoria

Bill Renwick is currently a Consultant Haematologist for Western Health at Sunshine Hospital, where he is head of service, at Royal Melbourne Hospital, and at Australian Clinical Labs. He has also been, since 2016, the Clinical Services Director, Adult Specialists Clinics, for Western Health. He is also an Honorary Fellow in Department of Medicine at the University of Melbourne. His chief areas of research interest include Malignant Haematology - Lymphoma, Myeloma, and MDS - and in Benign Haematology – Thalassaemias and Venous Thrombosis. In addition to being a Victorian Councillor on the HSANZ, Bill is Chairman of the Western Health Transfusion Committee, and a member of the Western Health Pharmaceutical Utilisation Committee. From 2012-2015 he was Chairman of the Haematology/Oncology Committee of the Victorian Cooperative Oncology Group.

COUNCILLORS


COUNCILLOR

Dr Benedict (Ben) Carnley
Department of Haematology
Royal Perth Hospital
Western Australia

Dr Benedict Carnley is a consultant haematologist who graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1994 with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery. The Royal Australian College of Physicians accepted Dr Carnley as a fellow in 2004 and in 2005 Dr Carnley became a member of the Royal College of Pathologists.  Dr. Carnley is also a Director of the Perth Blood Institute and is an active researcher who has been a co-investigator on over 50 clinical trials.  Dr Carnley is currently a consultant haematologist at Haematology West, Royal Perth Hospital, Hollywood Private Hospital and St John of God Hospital and Pathology.


COUNCILLOR

Dr Hui-Peng (Peng) Lee
Department of Haematology
Flinders Medical Centre
South Australia

Dr Peng Lee is a Clinical and Laboratory Haematologist at Flinders Medical Centre and SA Pathology in Adelaide. She graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery from University of Auckland, New Zealand and has dual Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA). Her main subspecialty interest is in lymphoproliferative disorders, and she is the current Lymphoma Lead Clinician at the South Adelaide Local Health Network. She is an active Principal Investigator of various lymphoma clinical trials conducted at Flinders Medical Centre, and is a current active member of the High Grade and Low Grade Lymphoma Disease Group Committees in the Australasian Leukaemia and Lymphoma Group (ALLG). Her other affiliations also include the Australasian Lymphoma Alliance (ALA), the Haematology Reference Committee for EviQ, the SA Oncofertility Group, Women in Lymphoma (WiL) and the SA Statewide Haematology Advanced Training Committee. Outside of haematology, Peng has a young family with two giant cats who keep her very busy. She has a keen interest in food and drink, runs (for fitness, and terribly) and is always in the pursuit of how to achieve the perfect work-life balance.

COUNCILLOR

Dr Nicholas (Nick) Murphy
Department of Haematology
Royal Hobart Hospital
Tasmania

Dr Nick Murphy is a Clinical and Laboratory Haematologist at the Royal Hobart Hospital, and a Clinical Senior Lecturer at University of Tasmania. Nick graduated from the University of Melbourne (2002) before undertaking haematology training (FRACP, FRCPA) in Melbourne. Since relocating to Hobart, he has established practices across both Public and Private sectors. He joined as the Tasmanian representative of the Myeloma Australia Scientific Advisory Group (MSAG) in 2017, with Myeloma being his chief area of clinical interest. Nick also serves on the Tasmanian Health Service State-wide Therapeutic/Drug Formulary Committee and is a Member of the Australasian Leukaemia and Lymphoma Group, American Society of Hematology and the International Myeloma Society. Nick has a young family which occupies most of his time outside of work.

COUNCILLOR

Assoc Prof William (Will) Stevenson
Department of Haematology
Royal North Shore Hospital
New South Wales

William Stevenson is a Clinical Haematologist at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney where he supervises the Cytogenetic and Molecular Haematology Laboratories and is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Sydney. He was a graduate student at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne and then had further training as a Post-Doctoral Fellow within the Department of Leukemia at the M D Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He is currently a member of the Molecular Genetics Advisory Committee of RCPA QAP and the Genomics and Haematology steams of NSW Health Pathology.

COUNCILLOR

Dr Meaghan (Meg) Wall
Victorian Clinical Genetic Services
Victoria

Meaghan Wall is a Haematologist and Genetic Pathologist at VCGS (Victorian Clinical Genetics Services). She studied medicine at Monash University and received her PhD from the University of Melbourne. In addition to being a Victorian Councilor of the HSANZ, Meaghan serves as Cytogeneticist to the Australasian Leukaemia and Lymphoma Group National Blood Cancer Registry and is a member of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia and the Australasian Society of Diagnostic Genomics. Meaghan’s research encompasses cancer cell biology and cancer genetics, with a focus on haematological malignancies. She has co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and two book chapters. Meaghan is also actively involved in education and teaching and is a haematology examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Pathologists.

HSANZ OFFICE


EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Valerie Orton
HSANZ
New South Wales

Valerie Orton is the Executive Officer at HSANZ. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy from University of New South Wales and University of California Santa Barbara and Master of Applied Science in Social Ecology from Western Sydney University, Hawkesbury. With a business background Valerie has operated her own consulting business for a number of years focussing on coaching and training in ‘soft’ skills. She has also managed two other Associations – Chief Executive Woman and Sustainable Business Australia. Her book Everyday Resilience – Creating Calm from Chaos is a best-seller (not really!), but it is a good practical book.

She started working with HSANZ in January 2020 and is enjoying the challenge of bringing the Society into the new decade. While not sitting in front of a computer, she loves walking on the beach, sailing Sydney Harbour and is writing another book.


CONTACT

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145 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: 02 8097 8114


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