Steven Lane is a 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).
Dr Hui-Peng (Peng) Lee
Department of Haematology
Flinders Medical Centre
Dr Peng Lee is a Clinical and Laboratory Haematologist at Flinders Medical Centre and SA Pathology in Adelaide. She graduated from the 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). She moved to Australia from NZ in 2007. She is the Lymphoma Lead Clinician at the South Adelaide Local Health Network, and acts as Principal Investigator to numerous lymphoproliferative clinical trials conducted at Flinders Medical Centre. She was the HSANZ Convenor for the first virtual Blood Conference in 2021. Peng is an active member of the Lymphoma and CLL Working Parties within the Australasian Leukaemia and Lymphoma Group (ALLG), in addition to memberships in Australasian Lymphoma Alliance (ALA), the Haematology Reference Committee for EviQ, Women in Lymphoma (WiL), New Zealand Women in Medicine (NZWIM) and the SA Statewide Haematology Advanced Training Committee. Outside of haematology, Peng has a young family with a busy husband and two loud children, and runs (for fitness, and terribly). She has a keen interest in travel and is an avid single malt appreciator. She remains in the pursuit of the perfect Work/Life Balance and she thinks she’s quite nearly achieved it. Nearly.
Dr Nicholas (Nick) Murphy
Department of Haematology
Royal Hobart Hospital
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.
Dr William (Bill) Renwick
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.
Dr Xavier Badoux
Dr Xavier Badoux is a clinical hematologist with appointments at St George public and St George Private hospitals. He is a conjoint lecturer at the University of NSW. Xavier has a strong research interest in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) and lymphoproliferative diseases. He graduated from Harvard University, Massachusetts followed by his medical degree from the University of Sydney and obtained dual fellowships under the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) and Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (FRCPA). After his specialty training, Xavier completed a clinical fellowship in 2011 at the Leukemia department at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He pursued a research interest in novel therapeutic mechanisms in CLL, investigating the immunological changes occurring with immunomodulatory therapy. Since his return to Australia, Xavier maintains a strong interest in lymphoma and leukemia research and is principal investigator in a number of international clinical trials in chronic lymphocytic leukemia and lymphoma exploring the benefits of novel targeted therapies in the treatment of these disease. He is the author of a number of peer-reviewed original research in high-impact journals.
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.
Dr Benedict (Ben) Carnley
Department of Haematology
Royal Perth Hospital
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.
Dr Annette Neylon
Department of Medicine (Dunedin)
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
Annette Neylon completed training in Haematology in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2003, obtaining fellowships of the Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Pathologists (UK), as well as completing an MD in the field of Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia at University of Newcastle upon Tyne. She worked as a Specialist Haematology and Lead of the South of Tyne Haematology Specific Tumour Group of the Northern Cancer Network between 2003 and 2007, before moving to Southern Blood and Cancer Service in Dunedin Otago as Clinical Lead of Haematology. She was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College in 2010. Between 2008 and 2019 she worked as a member of New Zealand Ministry of Health Haematology Work Group. She has acted as PI of several clinical research trials, Clinical representative to the South Island NZ DHBs Clinical Operations Advisory Group and since 2018 has been a member of the RACP NZ Joint College Training Sub-Committee for Haematology. Her main areas of interest are in malignant haematology especially multiple myeloma and lymphoma. When not working, Annette functions as taxi driver, event organiser and side-line cheerleader for her son.
Dr Meaghan (Meg) Wall
Victorian Clinical Genetic Services
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.
EXECUTIVE OFFICER and COMPANY SECRETARY
New South Wales
Valerie Orton is the Executive Officer and Company Secretary of 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’ human 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 or in the mountains, sailing Sydney Harbour and is writing another book.