Manager, Cancer Research Program
Phone: +61 3 9903 0106
Ri studied Medicine for four years before deciding to try her hand with other species. After graduating with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, Ri worked as a veterinarian in both country and city clinics, before starting up a specialist retail business. She has always maintained a strong interest in human health and returned to the human medical sphere in 2012, working in heart failure research at Deakin University and then moving to the Transfusion Research Unit at DEPM, where she continued the work of an existing rare disease registry (Neonatal Alloimmune Thrombocytopenia) and developed a new national registry for haemoglobinopathies (thalassaemias and sickle cell disease).
Ri is now managing the Cancer Research Program within the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, led by Professor John Zalcberg. This program focuses on the quality of care provided to Australians after a cancer diagnosis. The program encompasses a range of projects in high-priority cancers, which collaborate with health service providers and use benchmarked reporting to drive improvements in care and patient outcomes.
Current projects include:
- The Victorian Lung Cancer Registry
- The Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer Registry (pancreatic, oesophagogastric, biliary and primary liver cancers)
- National Gynaecologic Oncology Registry, beginning with the Ovarian Cancer module
A number of other projects are in development.