In this role she leads a team of 40 health, research, education and marketing professionals and oversees a portfolio of more than twenty practical, emotional and informational support programs and services for people affected by cancer. Her current research activity spans clinical practice, health service systems, patient and family support provision and health professional education.
Anna originally trained as a dietitian and has been working in health service development and delivery, public health policy, education, clinical and supportive care oncology research in the UK and Australia for more than 16 years. She completed a Bachelor of Applied Science, Health Promotion in 1996 and went on to complete Master degrees in both Nutrition & Dietetics and Gastronomy. She has a postgraduate qualification in teaching and learning in higher education. Her PhD utilised both qualitative and quantitative research findings to develop improved mechanisms for supporting both clinicians and patients to better manage cancer treatment-induced taste problems.
Anna is Vice President of the International Cancer Information Services Group (ICISG) Board of Directors. She holds honorary research positions in the Melbourne School of Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne and in the Department of Cancer Experiences Research at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.