Prof Anthony Costello AM

Executive Director Australian Prostate Cancer Research, Director of Urology, Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Tony is one of the leading prostate specialists internationally and is Professorial Fellow & Head Department of Urology, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, affiliated with Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne. Tony pioneered robotic surgery in Australia, is an invited faculty member of the American Urological Association where annually he teaches aspects of robotic surgery to an international audience, and is also on the Editorial Board of the US publication Journal of Robotic Surgery, the British Journal of Urology and the Journal of Endourology. In 2017 Tony was awarded the prestigious St. Paul’s Medal by the British Association of Urological Surgeons.

Program Secretary

Dr Phil Dundee

Royal Melbourne Hospital, Western Health, Peninsula Health, Australian Prostate Centre

Phil is a urologist with a sub-specialty interest in urologic cancers and minimally invasive surgery. He has a particular interest in the management of patients with high risk and metastatic prostate cancer.

Clinical Urology Stream Convenor

A/Prof Declan Murphy

Urologist and Director of Robotic Surgery, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Epworth Prostate Centre.

Declan is Urologist & Director of Robotic Surgery at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Urologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He holds a number of editorial positions including Associate Editor at the British Journal of Urology International and Consulting Editor at European Urology.


 Translational Science Stream Convenors

Dr Niall Corcoran

Director of Translational Research, Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre Epworth, University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital

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.

A/Prof Chris Hovens

A/Prof Hovens is the Director of Scientific Research at the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre at Epworth Hospital and Royal Melbourne Hospital. He 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.

A/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, A/Prof Hovens took up a post doctoral position at the Institute for Molecular Biology in Zurich.

In 2001, A/Prof Hovens was promoted to Director of the Prostate Cancer Research Center in the Departments of Urology and Surgery, University of Melbourne. He has also worked on the functional characterization of spread tumour suppressor proteins and made the discovery of a new, tissue-restricted member of the family, Eve-3. His recent work concerns the co-discovery of a small, water soluble inhibitor of the PI3K/Akt pathway which has been extensively characterized in in vitro and in vivo models of prostate and brain cancer.

A/Prof Hovens received $7.5m from the Federal Government with Professor Anthony Costello in 2008 to establish a Research Centre for Prostate Cancer (Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre at the Epworth Hospital). In 2008, he and Professor Costello have also received a project grant ($460 000) from the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia for their Circulating Cells as Biomarkers for Prostate Cancer study. He has more than 55 peer-reviewed articles and 2 Book Chapters.

Nursing & Allied Health Stream Convenors

Ms Helen Crowe

Prostate Cancer Nurse Practitioner, Epworth Prostate Centre, Melbourne

Helen has been working in urology for over 25 years, and was instrumental in establishing urology nursing professional organisations in Australia. She is employed in a private urology practice, primarily devoted to prostate cancer, as a Nurse Practitioner and at  Epworth Prostate Centre as a research nurse. She has presented nationally and internationally, published and won awards for her work on the nursing management of men with prostate cancer. Locally she provides mentorship and support for nurses developing their prostate cancer nursing careers and continues to collaborate to develop educational resources for prostate nurses, and to develop international professional networks.

Mr David Gray

Urology Nurse Practitioner, Australian Prostate Centre, North Melbourne

Dave is a Urology Nurse Practitioner at the Australian Prostate Centre in North Melbourne. Special interests include men’s health and urological malignancies, particularly prostate cancer. Dave completed his Masters of Nursing (Urology and Continence) through La Trobe University in 2012 and completed his Masters of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) through Flinders University in 2016. Dave remains a hopelessly addicted golf tragic.

General Practitioner Workshop Convenor

Dr Jane Crowe

Private General Practitioner & Prostate Cancer Physician

Jane has been working in general practice in metropolitan Melbourne for nearly 30 years.  She also started a role as a Prostate Cancer GP in 2011 at the Epworth Hospital (Richmond) and now works at the Australian Prostate Centre (APC).  At APC Jane sees men with prostate cancer as part of a multidisciplinary team, especially those on Androgen Deprivation Therapy, to help monitor and manage the side effects.  Jane is also involved in teaching  the 3rd Year MD Medical students at the University of Melbourne about Cancer in General Practice and is involved in General Practice research.


Local Host Committee & Clinical Urology

Professor Peter Heathcote

Senior Urologist – Princess Alexandra Hospital, Adjunct Professor – Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre- Queensland & President Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand 2017- 19

Professor Heathcote is a Urologic Surgeon with a special interest in Cancer of the Prostate, Robotic Surgery and Pelvic Oncology and is Senior Urologist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane , Australia and President of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand.


Dr Carmel Pezaro

Eastern Health, Monash University & APC, Melbourne

Dr Carmel Pezaro is a clinician researcher with a particular interest in genitourinary cancers. Following medical oncology and research training in New Zealand and Melbourne, she completed a two-year fellowship with Prof Johann de Bono in the Prostate Cancer Targeted Therapy Group at The Institute of Cancer Research / Royal Marsden, UK. Carmel returned to Melbourne in August 2013 to take up an academic position at Monash University and Eastern Health.

Dr Peter Swindle

Mater Hospital, Brisbane

Dr Peter Swindle is a Brisbane urologist who specialises solely in prostate cancer and diseases of the prostate. His expertise lies in robotic prostatectomy and prostate brachytherapy. Dr Swindle has extensive radical prostatectomy experience of over 2,000 cases including robotic prostatectomy, open radical prostatectomy and laparoscopic radical prostatectomy. He has established the Queensland Prostate Clinic in Brisbane, which functions to provide comprehensive information on the detection and treatment of prostate cancer.

A/Prof John Yaxley

 Wesley Urology Clinic & University of Queensland Department of Medicine, Brisbane

 Associate Professor Yaxley has a urological practice is sub-specialised to the treatment of prostate cancer.  Dr Yaxley has performed more than 2700 radical prostatectomy and over 1000 brachytherapy procedures. Dr Yaxley has over 70 peer reviewed publications and has an active interest in prostate cancer research. He was a co-investigator in the randomised open verses robotic radical prostatectomy trial at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, published in the Lancet.  Dr Yaxley’s current interests include research into newer staging and diagnostics techniques for prostate cancer, including prostate MRI and PET PSMA scans.

Nursing & Allied Health Sub Committee

A/Prof Prue Cormie

Australian Catholic University

Prue is a Principal Research Fellow at Australian Catholic University and an Accredited Exercise Physiologist whose research and clinical work focuses on the role of exercise in the management of cancer. Prue aims to enhance the lives of people with cancer by developing and implementing exercise interventions that improve physical and psychosocial wellbeing.

Rachel Heerey

APC Prostate Cancer Centre, Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy

Rachel is an APA titled Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist. She consults at the APC Prostate Cancer Centre and Women’s and Men’s Health Physiotherapy, and holds an honorary appointment at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. 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.

Shan Morrison

Director Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy

Shan Morrison is one of the ten specialist women’s and men’s pelvic health physiotherapists in Australia. She is the director of Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy and has been practicing exclusively in pelvic floor dysfunction for 24 years. Shan has particular interests in post prostatectomy incontinence and female and male chronic pelvic pain.

Dr Camille Short

University of Adelaide

Dr Short is a behavioural scientist and research fellow at the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health at the University of Adelaide. She completed her PhD in behavioural medicine in 2013 at the University of Newcastle. She leads an interdisciplinary program of work focused on improving supportive care services available online for men with prostate cancer. She has attracted over 1 million AUD in research funding and currently holds a prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council Fellowship awarded by the Australian Government.

Ms Kay Talbot

Practice Manager/RN Australian Urology Associates

Kay is Practice Manager/RN at Australian Urology Associates and has been involved in Urological nursing for many years. She has particular interests in prosthetics in urology & nursing education. She was a founding member of the Victorian Urological Nurses Society, and the Australia and New Zealand Urological Nurses Society. Kay is a strong proponent of the role of the specialist nurse in urological patient care.

 Mrs Deb Ward

Australian Prostate Centre (APC)

Deb commenced urology nursing as a Continence Nurse Advisor and has since completed the La Trobe University Prostate Nursing Care Course and the APCR Urological and Prostate Cancer Nursing Fellowship. After many years as a urology CNC in several private hospital settings, she is enjoying new challenges at the Prostate Cancer Centre with interests in functional urology and uro-oncology.


Translational Science Sub Committee

 A/Prof Lisa Butler

Adelaide Medical School, Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health, University of Adelaide

A/Prof Lisa Butler is a Cancer Council SA Beat Cancer Project Principal Cancer Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide and heads the Prostate Cancer Research Group at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. She holds a PhD in cancer biology from the University of Adelaide with postdoctoral training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York. Since returning to Adelaide, she has established an internationally-recognised research program using her novel prostate cancer explant model to develop improved prognostic and therapeutic modalities for this disease.

Professor Colleen Nelson

Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre – Queensland, QUT, Princess Alexandra Hospital & Translational Research Institute 

Professor Nelson is the founding Executive Director of the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre – Queensland, a joint initiative between the Queensland University of Technology and the Princess Alexandra Hospital with its laboratory in the Translational Research Institute.  APCRC-Q spans the spectrum of discover of new therapeutic targets and their preclinical and clinical development.  Professor Nelson is also the Chair of Prostate Cancer Research at QUT and Director of the Prostate Cancer Collaborative Research Alliance.