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Professor Helen Zorbas AO (Chair)

Appointed March 2020

Experience and Expertise

Professor Zorbas AO stepped down from her role as CEO of Cancer Australia in 2019 after nine years. Prior to this, she was CEO of the National Breast Cancer Centre, which then became the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre, for 12 years. Her clinical experience includes almost 40 years as a General Practitioner and a specialist breast physician in the public and private health sector. Throughout her career, Helen has always maintained focus on improving the survival and wellbeing of individual patients through translation of best evidence and research.

In addition to her extensive experience as a physician, Professor Zorbas AO has chaired and held other positions in national, government cancer and health organisations, including Chair and Member of the Board, Cancer Institute NSW (2006-2009); Chair, BreastScreen Australia Evaluation Advisory Committee (2007-2009); and Member of the Health Care Committee, National Health and Medical Research Council (2009-2015).

In 2013, Professor Zorbas AO was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in recognition of her distinguished service to public health through leadership in the delivery of improved information and services to cancer patients and their families and contributions to research and clinical trials.


  • Remuneration and Nominations Committee