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Michael Jefford

Michael Jefford, MBBS, MPH, MHlthServMt Monash, PhD, GCertUniTeach Melb, GAICD, FRACP

  • Consultant Medical Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Director, Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre - A Richard Pratt legacy
  • Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne






Professor Michael Jefford is a Consultant Medical Oncologist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Peter Mac), Director of the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre, a Richard Pratt legacy (ACSC, also at Peter Mac) and is a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne.He completed medical oncology training (FRACP) in 1999. He holds a PhD (2002) and Graduate Certificate in University Teaching (2013) from the University of Melbourne and Masters degrees in Health Services Management (2003) and in Public Health (2006) from Monash University. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. His major clinical focus is on the management of people with gastrointestinal cancers. His research focuses primarily on interventions to improve psychosocial wellbeing, reduce patient unmet needs and improve post-treatment survivorship care. In addition he is co-investigator on several studies of novel therapeutics. He has been awarded over $14m in grant funding as a chief / principal investigator.Michael has made significant contributions to research, policy and program development and to the international literature regarding cancer survivorship.He has been heavily involved with professional education and university teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level. In 2007 he established the Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research (Oncology), an award course of the University of Melbourne, which he coordinated for 8 years. Michael was Deputy Director of Medical Oncology from February 2009, stepping down in July 2017. He was a clinical consultant with Cancer Council Victoria for over 12 years, until 2015. There he worked with the Office of the CEO and across the Strategy and Support Division. He has held several other senior roles, including being a member of the Board of Directors of BreastScreen Victoria. He is widely published and has presented work at numerous international meetings covering clinical oncology, survivorship, cancer control, and psycho-oncology.

Academic and Research Interests

  • Understanding the patient / survivor experience during and after treatment
  • Strategies to improve outcomes for people after they have completed potentially curative treatments for cancer
  • Developing effective, sustainable models of patient care, particularly in the period following completion of initial treatment for cancer
  • Management of patients with gastrointestinal malignancies



Contact Information and Social Media


Phone number: +61 3 8559 7902

Twitter: @M_Jefford


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