Key messages

  • Professor Robert J S Thomas OAM is the Chief Advisor on Cancer to the Victorian Government.
  • The Chief Advisor on Cancer provides advice on a variety of cancer matters including clinical programs and cancer research.
  • The Chief Advisor acts as the Chair of the cancer clinical network and the Victorian Integrated Cancer Services and sits on the consultative committee of the Victorian Cancer Agency
  • The Chief Advisor works closely with the Cancer Strategy and Development and Prevention and Prevention and Population Health at the DHHS
  • The Chief Advisor provides advice directly to the Secretary of the DHHS and the Minister of health when requested

Responsibilities of the Chief Advisor on Cancer

The Chief Advisor on Cancer provides a source of advice on cancer matters within the department and works with groups with an interest in Cancer.

About the Chief Advisor on Cancer

Professor Thomas is a clinician who has worked as a surgeon in the field of cancer for several decades He was instrumental in the development of the discipline of surgical oncology in Australasia and was responsible for creating the Surgical Oncology Group within the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He has served as editor-in-chief of the ANZ Journal of Surgery and chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council panels. He is the current chair of the international WISH (World Innovation Summit on Health) forum entitled ‘Delivering Affordable Cancer Care and has ongoing research interests in the molecular pathology of gastrointestinal tumours.

He has been actively involved in developing cancer reforms within Australia, serving as president of the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA), Chair of the national committee creating the Colorectal cancer guidelines and a member of the Ministerial Taskforce on Cancer. He is currently Co -Chair of the National Cancer Expert Reference Group a COAG funded committee pursuing a national workplan for cancer.

Professor Thomas has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters. He has been honoured by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons with the Excellence in Surgery Award.

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