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APCC Organsing Committee

Introducing our Conference Convenors

Professor Tony Costello AM
Executive Director Australian Prostate Centre, Royal Melbourne Hospital, CEO at Australian Medical Robotics Academy (AMRA) 
Tony is one of the leading prostate specialists internationally is Professorial Fellow Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne and Emeritus Professor Dept of Urology The Royal Melbourne Hospital. Tony pioneered robotic surgery in Australia, has been an invited faculty member of the American Urological Association where he has taught aspects of robotic surgery to an international audience. He is a Life Member Irish Urological Society and an Honorary Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. The Australian Government awarded him the Medal of the Order of Australia AM in 2015 for outstanding service to Medical Research and Education.

In 2017 Tony was awarded the prestigious St. Paul’s Medal by the British Association of Urological Surgeons. He has 250 published peer reviewed papers and authored 17 book chapters. He serves on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Urology and the Journal of Endourology. He was recently named in the top 2% of Urology researchers in the world by Stanford University.

Dr Phil Dundee
Royal Melbourne Hospital, Western Health, Peninsula Health, Australian Prostate Centre 
Phil is a urologist with sub-speciality expertise in urologic oncology. Phil undertook a laparoscopic prostate cancer fellowship in the UK followed by training in robotic surgery at Guy’s and St Thomas’ in London. Since returning to Melbourne at the end of 2012, Phil has established a high volume practice in robotic and laparoscopic urologic oncology and has performed over 750 robotic and laparoscopic surgeries. Phil has spoken at national and international conferences on robotic surgery and won the Peter J Dohrmann medal from the Epworth Hospital in 2018 for his research in robotic surgery.

Dr Briony Norris
Urologist, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Eastern Health, Ballarat Health Services and The Australian Prostate Centre.
After completing her medical training through the University of Melbourne in 2006, she pursued a career in urology and attained her FRACS (Urol) through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2016.  Briony developed a keen interest in robotic surgery and furthered her training with an international clinical fellowship in Robotic surgery and Endourology at the New York University Langone Medical Centre (New York).

She has presented at local and international conferences and has been published in many peer- reviewed journals.  She specialises in robotic and minimally invasive surgery with a focus on renal and upper tract pathology.  Briony has a keen interest in the education of medical students and trainees and is a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, Department of Surgery. Briony chaired our Inaugural Women in Urology session for the APCC Virtual Meeting.

Mr Dave Gray
Urology Nurse Practitioner, Urology Consultants Victoria at Epworth Freemasons
Dave is a Urology Nurse Practitioner at Urology Consultants Victoria at Epworth Freemasons. Special urological interests include men’s health and urological malignancies, particularly prostate cancer. Dave is passionate about education and professional development within the urological nursing field. Dave has a Masters of Nursing (Urology and Continence) and completed his Masters of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) in 2016. Dave was previously an addicted golf tragic, now he enjoys spending his free time with his family and also slow grilling on his Weber.
Ms Rachel Heerey
Physiotherapist, Australian Prostate Centre, Women’s and Men’s Health Physiotherapy
Rachel is an APA titled Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist. She runs the physiotherapy service at the Australian Prostate Centre, holds honorary appointments at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Royal Melbourne Hospital, and also consults at Women’s and Men’s Health Physiotherapy. Rachel has completed a post-graduate certificate in Continence and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation, and a Masters degree in this area at the University of Melbourne.  Rachel is passionate about Men’s Health, and lectures on this topic at the University of Melbourne.

Ms Evie Mertens
Urology Nurse Practitioner, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australian Prostate Centre
Evie is a Urology Nurse Practitioner working in public and private practice. Prostate cancer has been her main focus of post graduate study, completing a Nurse Practitioner Masters and more recently a prostate cancer intimacy counselling course.  She is passionate about supportive care for patients and partners and facilitates several nurse led clinics including sexual function and a prostate cancer surveillance clinic.

Associate Professor Niall Corcoran 
Head of Urology Unit, Western Health, University of Melbourne, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
Dr Corcoran completed his studies (MB BCh BAO) at the University College of Dublin in 1998 and was awarded a PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2006. He is a urological surgeon and research scientist with an interest in the molecular drivers of lethal prostate cancer and novel treatments. 
In 2018, Associate Professor Corcoran was appointed VCCC Research & Education Lead – Genito-urinary cancer. In this role he is working to map opportunities across the alliance to develop expert networks, deliver strategic educational programming, improve sharing of data for research, and implement multi-partner clinical trials to speed up the translation of new research into routine clinical practice.

Professor Chris Hovens
Principal Research Fellow at Melbourne University, Royal Melbourne Hospital
Prof Hovens is a senior scientific investigator on a number of sponsored prostate cancer clinical research programs within the Department of Urology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Department of Surgery at the University of Melbourne. He has served as Chief Scientific Officer and main scientific advisor for two start up, drug development companies he has co-founded, Velacor Therapeutics Pty Ltd and CCH Pharma Pty Ltd. Prof Hovens was awarded a PhD in 1992 for cloning and analysis of the Ryk Receptor Tyrosine Kinase performed at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research under the supervision of Drs Andrew Wilks and Ashley Dunn. In 1992, Prof Hovens took up a post doctoral position at the Institute for Molecular Biology in Zurich. In 2001, Prof Hovens was promoted to Director of the Prostate Cancer Research Center in the Departments of Urology and Surgery, University of Melbourne. 
Prof Hovens is the Chief Investigator of the PRECEPT – Prostate Cancer Prognosis and  Treatment study, a three year (2019 – 2021) MRFF grant that will look at prostate cancer prognosis and treatment, including ground-breaking new tests to identify which patients are most at risk of progressing to more advanced disease and which patients will likely respond best to different treatments.

Tracey Crosling – Events & Conference Manager
Australian Prostate Centre
Nursing & Allied Health Sub Committee
Professor Suzanne Chambers, Psychologist & Dean
Dr Jane Crowe, General Practitioner
Professor Daniel Galvao, Exercise Physiologist
Ms Shan Morrison, Physiotherapist
Ms Francesca Rogers, Urology Nurse
Ms Sally Sara, Urology Nurse