Plenary Speakers

Professor Sandi Hayes
Keynote Speaker

Professor Hayes is an Exercise Physiologist, Senior Research Fellow and group lead of the Women’s Wellness Group, within the Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University. Her program of research seeks to improve understanding of cancer survivorship, with a particular focus on cancer-related lymphoedema, as well as the role of physical activity, including exercise, post-cancer. Her research has involved the conduct of prospective, longitudinal cohort studies and exercise intervention trials involving more than 8,000 people with cancer.  The findings from this work contribute to her broader research goal, which is to reduce burden and improve survival following cancer.  

Jen Sanderson

Jen Sanderson is a Physiotherapist who has been working within the lymphoedema specialty for over a decade. She is near completion of her PhD and will be presenting the key findings from her research with respect to assessment of lymphoedematous tissue composition. Her extensive clinical experience in both public health and private practice has been a fundamental driver to produce clinically relevant research outcomes. The research findings add to knowledge of the evaluation of characteristic variants of lymphoedema tissue and determining intervention effect. Her goal is to improve clinical and research assessment practices in order to benefit the outcomes for people with lymphoedema.   

Helen Eason

Helen trained as a physiotherapist in the UK and for the last 23 years has specialised in oncology and lymphatic disorder management. Helen relocated to Australia in 2004 and was the Advanced Practice Clinician and Manager of the Oncology Physiotherapy and Lymphoedema Unit at Monash Health, Melbourne for 11 years before moving into private practice in 2015. Outside of clinical work, Helen is a PhD candidate at University of Sydney currently researching diagnostic tools for the lipoedema phenotypes. Helen has presented at various oncology/ lymphoedema conferences worldwide and is actively involved in the ALA, previously chairing the NLPR committee, and has been a Victorian committee member of the Australasian Physiotherapy Association Cancer Palliative Care and Lymphoedema group since it’s inception.

Professor Jane Turner

Jane Turner has worked for over 25 years as a consultation-liaison psychiatrist in oncology. She has extensive experience in the development and implementation of clinical practice guidelines. She is course coordinator for teaching of psychiatry in the clinical years of the medical program at the University of Queensland and is President of the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS). She takes an active role in health professional education and has for many years presented to lymphoedema therapists about psychosocial aspect of lymphoedema. Current and recent research includes: a successful national multi-site trial of a manual-based intervention for fear of cancer recurrence; nurse-led survivorship interventions for patients treated for head and neck cancer and patients treated for breast cancer; development and evaluation of training for nurses to support parents with cancer who have young children; a nurse-led supportive care intervention for patients with pancreatic cancer, and a trial of different models of communication skills training. 

Dr Elizabeth Dylke

Dr Elizabeth (Liz) Dylke is a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney.  She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia, Canada in Human Kinetics, before undertaking her Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney.  She completed her PhD in 2013, with a focus on the diagnosis of upper limb lymphoedema.  Since then, Dr Dylke’s focus has continued to be on understanding and improving the assessment and measurement of lymphoedema, in the upper limb, breast and lower limb.  Dr Dylke also has a passion for demystifying the scientific process for those who are new to research.  Along with supervising research students, she writes a regular column for the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) called “Scientifically Speaking”. Dr Dylke is currently also the Vice President of the ALA as well as the editor of the Lymph Exchange, their publication. Dr Dylke is passionate about lymphoedema research, including supporting new researchers and clinically driven projects.