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Our People

Dr Peter Willsher

Specialist Breast Surgeon
- MBBS, DM, FRACS, FACS

Peter is a surgeon specialising in the management of breast diseases.

He graduated from the University of Melbourne Medical School and completed his surgical training in Melbourne.

He then practised in the UK at the Nottingham City Hospital Breast Centre as a Clinical and Research Fellow. During that time, he completed a Doctorate of Medicine, undertaking a research project and thesis on biological changes in breast cancer. Peter then worked in the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto where he completed a Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery.

In 2000, Peter received an award from the American College of Surgeons as the International Guest Scholar.

Peter has published approximately 100 Abstracts and Papers including two book chapters. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons.

Peter is the Chairperson of BCRC-WA and with his breast surgery practice located at Hollywood Private Hospital, he provides surgical services to many BCRC-WA patients.

Professor Arlene Chan

Medical Oncologist
- MB BS, FRACP, MMed (Palliative Care)

After graduating from the University of Melbourne Medical School, Arlene obtained her Fellowship in Medical Oncology from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and then a Masters of Medicine in Palliative Care from the University of Melbourne in 1993.

She went on to receive a fellowship in breast cancer/cancer genetics from Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. Then in 1997, she returned to Australia and practiced as a Consultant Medical Oncologist at Royal Perth Hospital where she stayed until 2002.

Arlene has been a breast cancer specific oncologist since 1999. Today, Arlene is an adjunct professor at the School of Medicine at Curtin University, the Director of the Breast Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU) at Hollywood Private Hospital and is Vice-Chair of BCRC-WA.

She has been the principal investigator of more than 90 breast cancer trials and advises for several pharmaceutical companies involved in breast cancer treatments.

Arlene has authored more than 150 publications and spoken at more than 160 local, national and international breast cancer meetings.

Her areas of interest include clinical research in understanding biological determinants of therapeutic response, optimising symptomatic care in early and advanced breast cancer and developing data collection systems for clinical research and measuring patient outcomes.

In June 2016, Arlene won the Professions Division of the Western Australian of the Year Awards in recognition of her accomplishments, expertise and dedication to the field of breast cancer. She was a Finalist in Australian of the Year Awards in 2017 and in 2018, was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia.

Jim Giumelli

Board member
- BEng FIEAust

The founder of Ertech and now Chairman of Ertech Holdings, Jim holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and is a Fellow Chartered Professional Engineer of Engineers Australia. He has over 45 years’ experience in the construction industry.

Jim has led the successful development, diversification and financial performance of the Ertech Group of Companies since its inception in 1981. He is a current director of Ertech Holdings, Ertech Geomarine, Ertech Electrical, FormAction Concrete Civils and Duratec Australia.

In 2008, responding to the shortage of skilled labour in the construction industry, Jim founded the Ertech Construction Academy which is an innovative training institution that aims to provide young people with a pathway into the civil construction industry.

Jim was the winner of the Western Region Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 in the Services Category and the Western Region Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 in the Financial, Business and Property category.

Carmelo Arto

Chief Executive Officer
- BSc MBA

Beginning his career as a medical scientist, Carmelo has spent the past 20 years in a variety of health leadership roles. He has consulted to some of Australia’s best corporate leaders and has held various board positions enabling him to cultivate an extensive corporate network.

His experience is in the public and private sectors in strategic planning, corporate governance, risk management and health service excellence and innovation, which all serve him well in his role at BCRC-WA.

Carmelo graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Medical Sciences) from Curtin University and has an MBA from University of Western Australia where he was a University Prize Winner. He was President of the UWA MBA Students’ Association and the Alumni Association.

Carmelo has always maintained a passion for clinically driven medical research making him a fitting leader for BCRC-WA.

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David Carter

Board member
- BJuris, LLB

David has over 35 years’ legal experience in general insurance, product liability, transport and marine litigation.

He has been a partner and is now senior consultant at Perth’s largest independent law firm.

David’s practice is divided between defending cases of product liability and public liability and transport and marine related claims. He acts for insurers, employers and manufacturers in defence of product liability claims.

David’s transport and marine practice is predominantly based on acting for insurers of road, air and sea carriers.

His experience in these areas includes recovery and defending property and personal injury claims for all forms of transport.

He is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia, the Australian Insurance Law Association and the Maritime Law Association of Australia & New Zealand.

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Debbie Bajrovic

Board member
- B.Pharm, MSHP

Debbie Bajrovic is an oncology pharmacist with a special interest in breast cancer.

She graduated from the School of Pharmacy at the Western Australian Institute of Technology (now Curtin University). Since then, she has gained extensive experience as a hospital pharmacist in the public and private sectors. She’s also practiced in WA and the UK.

Debbie has significant expertise in the cytotoxic compounding of chemotherapy and the preparation of biologics.

For many years, she practiced in clinical oncology pharmacy working principally with breast cancer patients enabling her to develop considerable knowledge in this field.

Debbie was Chair of the Oncology Nursing and Pharmacy Interest Group from 2009 to 2013. She has presented to professional colleagues both locally and nationally and is an active member of several national and international professional organisations.

Colin Triscari

Company Secretary
- BBus (ECU), CPA

Colin has more than 40 years’ experience in finance having worked predominantly in chief financial officer and company secretary roles in diverse industry sectors in both private and public enterprise.

As a consequence, he has a wealth of experience in strategic planning, corporate governance, risk management, costing, budgeting, forecasting and IT systems together with expertise in company secretarial practices.

Colin holds a Bachelor of Business and has also undertaken postgraduate studies in Information Systems and Company Secretarial Practices.