Meet the Team

Meet the Team

The NGOR is governed by a Committee of gynaecological oncologists, medical oncologists, experts in gynaecological cancer management and research, registry experts, and representatives from our registry partners as well as several clinical reference and working groups focused on ensuring the clinical relevance of the NGOR. Quality indicators (measures of best practice) for the various modules of the NGOR are developed by these subcommittees and are derived from current national and international guidelines, published literature and extensive clinical experience.

The registry is led by Professor John Zalcberg (Academic Lead), Head of the Cancer Research Program at Monash University, and Associate Professor Robert Rome (Clinical Lead), Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist at Epworth HealthCare.

Professor John Zalcberg

NGOR Academic Lead


Head, Cancer Research Program Monash University

Professor John Zalcberg is a medical oncologist and has been involved in cancer research for decades. He is the inaugural Tony Charlton Chair of Oncology at Alfred Health and Professor of Cancer Research at Monash University.

He was the Director of the Division of Cancer Medicine at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia for 17 years and a founder of the Lorne Cancer Conference and the Australasian Gastrointestinal Trials Group (AGITG). He is a former Chair of the Board of AGITG, having served in this role for over 15 years, and is also a past Board Member of Cancer Trials Australia. He is the current Co-Chair of the Cancer Drugs Alliance and Chair of the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance.

Professor Zalcberg received a Medal of the Order of Australia Award (OAM) and the 2011 Cancer Achievement Award from the Medical Oncology Group of Australia. He has published more than 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals and continues active involvement in clinical trials and clinical practice.

Associate Professor Robert Rome

NGOR Clinical Lead


Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist, Epworth HealthCare

Associate Professor Robert Rome is a consultant gynaecological oncologist at Epworth Freemasons Hospital, East Melbourne.

He is a past Chairman of the Australian Society of Gynaecological Oncologists (ASGO) and a past President and Honorary Life Member of the Australian Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP). He was also the Inaugural and Immediate Past Chairman, Clinical Institute of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Epworth HealthCare and he currently serves on the Epworth Cancer Services Institute Executive Committee.

Associate Professor Rome’s special interests include surgery and long-term outcomes in gynaecological cancer and quality assurance and clinical audit in gynaecological oncology.

His other interests include the management of women with pre- and early invasive cancers of the lower female genital tract.


Operational Team

Dr Sharnel Perera is the Registry Manager of the NGOR. She has 15 years of experience working in healthcare and research with a range of different people, from geriatric populations dealing with kidney disease, people with traumatic brain injuries, young people experiencing mental ill-health, patients with cancer and their families, and of course, healthcare professionals and providers. Sharnel is passionate about driving better care provision for women with gynaecological cancers in Australia, and has a strong understanding of how research programs operate within this space to drive reform and innovation.

Alice Sporik is the Program Coordinator of the NGOR and has been working for the registry for nearly three years after graduating from a Master of Public Health. Prior to her master, she studied human geography, focusing on women’s health and sexual and reproductive health. She has supported the expansion of the registry, most recently helping to create a bespoke PROM tool for the ovarian cancer registry. She is passionate about women’s health.

Natalie Heriot is presently a consultant for the NGOR, after coordinating the registry from its inception in 2017 until December 2021. Natalie has a Bachelor of Health Sciences with Honours and a Master of Public Health. She is an associate investigator on the Medical Research Future Fund Ovarian Cancer Registry grant and has more than five years of experience working in cancer clinical quality registries. Natalie now works as the Registry Manager for Ambulance Victoria, but continues to support and guide the NGOR as a consultant.


Aleesha Whitely joined the NGOR team as a Research Assistant in March 2021, following her completion of a Bachelor of Health Science at Swinburne University. In addition to her coursework, she spent 12 months working as a Data Scientist for Defence Science & Technology Group, and also conducted a research project on autism spectrum disorder, for which she published a manuscript on in a peer-reviewed journal.

Emily Holding joined the NGOR team as an Administrative Assistant in November 2021, with two years of experience working in cancer research administration. She has a background in gender studies and is passionate about women’s health.


Tran Nguyen began her studies with a Bachelor of Human Anatomy and Physiology and graduated from a Masters of Health Information Management in 2020. With experience in healthcare and hospital services, including clinical casemix coding, implementation of new electronic health systems and the ACEMID cohort study, Tran has joined and made contributions to the OvCR as both an honorary Research Assistant and Database Manager.

Tahlia Knights has a double Bachelor of  Health Information Management and Health Sciences (Medical Classification). With a keen interest in women’s health and quality improvement, she joined the NGOR team as a Research Support Assistant in November 2021, supporting the team in data collection and database management, developing registry outputs, and leading efforts into real-time reporting.