Professor Peter Heathcote
Professor Peter 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 Homi Zargar
Homi Zargar is a urological surgeon (FRACS) with fellowship training in Uro-oncology (Vancouver Prostate Centre) and advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery (Cleveland Clinic and Royal Melbourne Hospital). Homi is a consultant urologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Western Health and a senior clinical lecturer at the department of surgery at the University of Melbourne. Over the years of training Homi has developed an extensive academic and international profile and has published over hundred manuscripts in the field of minimally-invasive urology and Uro-oncology with particular emphasis on kidney, bladder and prostate cancer. Homi serves as an associate Editor for number of journals including World Journal of Urology, the Minerva Urologica E Nefrologica and BMC Urology.
Dr Briony Norris
Dr Briony Norris, MBBS, FRACS (Urol) is a urologist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Eastern Health, Ballarat Health Services and The Australian Prostate Center. She has recently returned to Melbourne after completing a clinical fellowship at New York University Langone Medical Centre in endourology and robotic surgery. She specialises in robotic and minimally invasive surgery.
Dr Peter Swindle
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.
Dr Ben Thomas
Benjamin Thomas is a urologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He completed fellowships at Cambridge University Hospitals and the Karolinska Institute and a MPhil degree at the University of Cambridge for research in prostate cancer biomarkers. He was a substantive consultant urologist at Cambridge University Hospitals where he was Chair of the Urological Cancer Multidisciplinary Team and Lead for Robotic Surgery. He introduced robotic cystectomy and robotic retroperitoneal lymph node dissection in Cambridge and was the lead surgeon for the supraregional London and Anglian Germ Cell Cancer network.
Associate Professor John Yaxley
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.
Professor Henry Woo
Professor Henry Woo is Professor of Urology at the Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School of the University of Sydney. He is also the Director of Uro-Oncology and Professor of Robotic Cancer Surgery at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Comprehensive Cancer Centre. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Australian and New Zealand Uro-genital and Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials Group as well as the Australasian Urological Foundation. Additionally he is a fellowship elected Councillor of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He is an Associate Editor for the journal Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, a Consulting Editor for the BJUI and is the creator of the Urology Green List. .
Nursing and Allied Health
Associate Professor Prue Cormie
Associate Professor Prue Cormie is an accredited exercise physiologist whose research and clinical work focuses on the application of exercise as medicine for the management of cancer. She aims to enhance the lives of people with cancer through innovative research and effectively translating research into practice.
Ms Rachel Heerey
Rachel is an APA titled Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist. She consults at the Australian Prostate 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. .
Ms Evie Mertens
Evie is a Urology Nurse working at the The Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Australian Prostate Centre. She is passionate about supportive care for prostate cancer patients and partners and facilitates several nurse led clinics including sexual function and a prostate cancer surveillance clinic. She has recently completed an intimacy counselling course for prostate cancer patients and has just completed her Masters as a Urology Nurse Practitioner.
Ms Shan Morrison
Shan Morrison is one of only ten Specialist Women’s, Men’s & Pelvic Health Physiotherapists nationally and a fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. She is the director of Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy a private practice in Victoria and has been practicing exclusively in pelvic floor dysfunction for 25 years. Shan is passionate about improving the well-being of women and men with pelvic floor problems and has a special clinical interest in male and female chronic pelvic pain and post-prostatectomy incontinence.
Dr Camille Short
Dr Short is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Psychology and the School of Health Sciences (joint appointment) at the University of Melbourne. She holds a PhD in Behavioural Medicine (2013) from the University of Newcastle, and has completed post-doctoral training in digital health, men’s health and behaviour change at the University of Adelaide, Maastricht University and CQUniversity supported by an NHMRC ECR fellowship 2014-1018. She leads a multi-disciplinary program of work focusing on the development of effective digitally-based lifestyle interventions for cancer survivors.
Ms Kay Talbot
Kay Talbot is Practice Manager /RN for Australian Urology Associates, a unique role combining the business management of the practice and a hands on role in some subspecialty areas of direct patient care. Kay has been involved in urological nursing for many years and has particular interests in the areas of continence management, erectile dysfunction, nursing education, and the nursing management of patients having urological reconstructive and prosthetic surgery. Kay was a founding member of the Victorian Urological Nurses Society, the inaugural president and meeting convenor of the Australia and New Zealand Urological Nurses Society, and is the current chair of the Society of International Urology Nurses Symposium. Kay has received a number of awards associated with her interests in urological nursing care.
Ms Deb Ward
Deb has over twenty years’ combined experience as a Continence Nurse Advisor and Urology Nurse Consultant in a variety of settings. During this time she has completed the La Trobe University Prostate Nursing Care Course, the APCR Urological and Prostate Cancer Nursing Fellowship and the International Bristol Certificate in Urodynamics. From 2016 she has been a permanent member of staff at the Australian Prostate Centre developing her interests in functional urology and uro-oncology.