Ian Olver

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Ian Olver graduated MB, BS from the University of Melbourne in 1976 being subsequently awarded an MD in 1991 for a project on clinical trial methodology. He completed a PhD from Monash University in bioethics in 1997 (supervised by Peter Singer), exploring life and death issues and a Certificate of Ministry (Lay Preaching) at the Adelaide College of Divinity. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP), its Chapter of Palliative Medicine (FAChPM) and is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators (ARACMA). He initially trained in medical oncology at Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and the University of Maryland Cancer Centre in Baltimore. He worked for 6 years at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute where he jointly developed the oncology clinic at Bendigo Base Hospital and then moved to Adelaide becoming the Clinical Director, Royal Adelaide Hospital Cancer Centre and the first Cancer Council SA Professor of Cancer Care at the University of Adelaide and is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine. There he established the first oncology clinic in Alice Springs and developed a telemedicine link for multidisciplinary cancer care between Adelaide and Darwin. He also trained the first oncologist for the Christian Medical College Hospital Vellore, India. In May 2006 he was appointed CEO, Cancer Council Australia, a Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Sydney and is an Honorary Associate, Department of Medical Oncology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He has published 241 articles in journals, 22 book chapters and 3 books: Conquering Cancer. Your Guide to Treatment and Research, Is Death Ever Preferable to Life? and Investigating Prayer. He edited The MASCC Textbook of Cancer Supportive Care and Survivorship, and co-edited 2 further books, When Cancer Crosses Disciplines: A Physicians Handbook, and Perspectives in Complementary and Alternative Medicines. After serving on several ethics committees in Victoria and South Australia and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Ethics Committee, and chairing the Cancer Institute NSW Research Ethics Committee for multi-centre cancer trials, he now chairs the Australian Health Ethics Committee of the NHMRC and chairs the Medical Oncology Group of Australia Ethics Committee. He also serves on the NHMRC Council. He previously served on The Australian Drug Evaluation Committee (ADEC) and the Cancer Strategies Group of the Australian Government, the Community and Preventative Health Committee of NH+MRC and chaired the Medical Oncology Group of Australia (MOGA) and the Board of the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre. He currently sits on the Board of the Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) and is their Treasurer, the International Affairs Committee of American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the Board of the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia, the Advisory Board of Cancer Australia and the National Cancer Expert Group of the Federal Department of Health. In 2008 he was awarded the Cancer Achievement Award by the Medical Oncology Group of Australia. He was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2011 “For service to medical oncology as a clinician, researcher, administrator and mentor, and to the community through leadership roles with cancer control organisations.”
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