Organising Committee

The Organising Committee for the Victorian Integrated Cancer Services VICS 2017 conference are pleased to announce the following Keynote Speakers:

More speakers will be announced soon!


Michael Barton

Michael Barton Photo_smallMichael emigrated to Australia in 2002 after completing a degree in Biochemistry at The University of Manchester in the UK. After settling in Melbourne in he began working at the Victorian Cancer Registry in 2005, progressing through a number of roles before returning to the UK in 2009. During this time Michael worked as a project manager in quality improvement at Salford Royal Hospital. On returning to Melbourne in 2011 he joined Western & Central Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service (WCMICS) and has since supported a range of projects within the member health services and taken on a number of different roles within the directorate, including management of the consumer partnerships work program, coordination of clinical audits and administration of the annual funding grants program.


Heather Davis

Heather Davis_smallManager of Southern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service.
Heather is a registered nurse who has 25 years’ experience as a clinical nurse and in health administration. She has a bachelor’s degree in business and a post graduate certificate in quality management. Heather has worked at the Southern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service since 2007 where she has been responsible for various projects.


Colin Hornby, FASMIRT, M.App.Sc, Grad Dip Bus, Grad Dip Ed, Dip.App.Sc (Med RT)
Radiotherapy Advisor, Cancer Strategy & Development, Department of Health and Human Services.

Colin_Hornby_formal_Head&ShouldersColin has had over 37 years clinical experience as a Radiation Therapist working at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. In 2013 he took a secondment from that post to become the Radiotherapy advisor to the Victorian Department of Health and he is currently still holds that role.

For over  15 years Colin has also provided specialist university lectures or course notes for Victorian medical radiations degrees, post grad nursing courses and consulting and dosimetry training in Australia and Asia. He is also a fellow of the Australian Society of Medical imaging and Radiation Therapy and has been on numerous professional committees and boards for the society including accrediting Australian medical radiations courses.

Colin has contributed extensively to professional conference meetings as a speaker having delivered over 28 presentations at national and international meetings, and has more than 18 publications in peer reviewed journals.

Michelle Pryce

Michelle Pryce Photo_smallMichelle completed a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at Lancaster University, UK in 1980 before commencing her Nursing training at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Prior to settling in Australia in 1989 Michelle attained post graduate qualifications in oncology and palliative care. She has worked in the Mental Health Sector, both in Melbourne and Gippsland and in a variety of roles. Michelle also held the position of Patient Liaison Manager at Latrobe Regional Hospital before commencing as Cancer Service Improvement Coordinator with Gippsland Regional Integrated Cancer Services in 2014. Her key areas of interest in the cancer space are Multidisciplinary Care and Survivorship.


Sue Riches, Chair of the VICS 2017 Conference

Sue Riches_photo OCBSWRICS Program Manager, Barwon South Western Regional Integrated Cancer Services.

Sue has worked in the health sector for over 25 years and commenced with the Barwon South Western Regional Integrated Cancer Service in 2015.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science (Health Promotion) and Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.  Her health sector experience includes clinical nursing and working with primary care through Divisions of General Practice and Medicare Locals. Sue has an interest in service planning and development and project management.


Melissa Shand

Melissa Shand Photo_smallMelissa completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Latrobe University in 1996 prior to completing a post graduate diploma in health promotion in 2002 and a master of public health in 2011. Melissa worked in a number of positions as an occupational therapist at Austin Health including inpatient rehabilitation services, inpatient palliative care and radiotherapy services. Since 2007 Melissa has worked as a Service Improvement Facilitator at the North Eastern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service (NEMICS). Having a particular interest in the support and information needs of cancer patients, she has led a number of projects with a focus on these areas.


Liz Simkiss

Senior Project Officer, Cancer Strategy & Development, Department of Health and Human Services 

More information coming soon…


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