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Professorial Research Fellow. School of Psychology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Adelaide

Ian Olver graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1976, completed an MD in 1991 on clinical trial methodology and a PhD from Monash University in bioethics in 1997. He trained in medical oncology at Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and the University of Maryland Cancer Centre in Baltimore. After serving as Clinical Director, Royal Adelaide Hospital Cancer Centre, where he currently holds an emeritus appointment, and becoming the first Cancer Council SA Professor of Cancer Care at the University of Adelaide, in May 2006 he was appointed CEO, Cancer Council Australia and received their Gold Medal in 2014. He was an Associate Professor in the Centre for Values Ethics and the Law in Medicine at the University of Sydney. In 2015 he accepted an appointment as Professor of Translational Cancer Research and Director of the Sansom institute for Health Research which became the University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute. He is currently Professorial Research Fellow in the School of Psychology, Faculty of Health ad Medical Sciences, Univerisity of Adelaide. He formerly chaired the Australian Health Ethics Committee of the NH&MRC and served on NH&MRC Council. He has published over 310 articles in journals, 28 book chapters has written 4 books and edited 4 others. In 2008 he was awarded the Cancer Achievement Award by the Medical Oncology Group of Australia and in 2019 the Tom Reeve Award for "Outstanding Contributions to Cancer Care" by the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia. In 2011 received an AM for services to oncology.


  • 2014–present
    Chair of Translational Cancer Research, University of South Australia
  • 2006–2014
    CEO, Cancer Council Australia


  • 1976 
    University of Melbourne, MB,BS

Research Areas

  • Cancer Therapy (Excl. Chemotherapy And Radiation Therapy) (111204)
  • Bioethics (Human And Animal) (220101)


AM (Member of the Order of Australia)