Meet our experts

We have created a high profile advisory committee that are leading the charge
when it comes to women’s health.

  • Dr. Mary Theresa Rickard, AM Chief Radiologist
    Dr. Mary Theresa Rickard, AM Chief Radiologist (MBBS, BSc(Med) (HONS), FRANZCR, DDU, MPH)

    “Be Dense Aware” Chief Medical Advisor 
    Chief Radiologist for Sydney Breast Clinic (2006 -2018). Dr Rickard also holds a position of Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney in the Discipline of Medical Radiation Sciences. Following graduation from the University of Sydney Dr Rickard obtained the fellowship of the College of Radiologists (RANZCR) in 1981. In 1987 Dr Rickard was appointed to establish a Sydney-based pilot mammography screening project, later part of BreastScreen Australia. She has taken a keen interest in breast imaging technique and interpretation, in new technologies, and in professional training. Dr Rickard was State Radiologist for BreastScreen NSW (2001-2006). In 2002 she received a Member of the Order of Australia award, for service to medicine through the integration of population based screening for early detection of breast cancer, and the development of education programmes for health professionals. In 2015 she was elected a Life Member of the College of Radiologists (RANZCR) in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the College and to the profession.

  • Dr. Manish Jain
    Dr. Manish Jain (MBBS, FRANZCR)

    Manish Jain has been Clinic Director at MIA Monash Radiology since 2002, providing a personal service to the many General and Specialist Referrers. He has worked with MIA since 2000 and also works as a senior radiologist at Monash Breast Screen.


    • MBBS (1989)
    • MD Radiology (1993)
    • One Year Paediatric Organ Imaging Fellowship (1996)
    • FRANZCR (1999)


    Radiological Skills and Interests:

    • Expertise in Breast Imaging and Interventional procedures, including ultrasound guided, stereotactic and MRI guided procedures
    • Image Guided Biopsies
    • Oncology Imaging and Intervention
    • Musculoskeletal Intervention
    • Paediatric Imaging
    • MRI
    • Registrar teaching



    • MIA Clinical Management Committee
    • MIA Radiologist Recruitment Committee
    • Senior Breast Screen Radiologist with Monash Breast Screen
  • Dr. Nicole Yap
    Dr. Nicole Yap (F. S. Yap FRACS MBBS (Melb)

    Dr Yap is a Specialist General and Reconstructive Surgeon with an interest in Breast Oncology and Reconstruction.

    • Secretary of Victorian State Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
    • Royal Australasia College of Surgeons (RACS) representative on the Cancer Council’s Medical & Scientific Committee
    • RACS representative AMA Victoria
    • President of the Australian Chinese Medical Association of Victoria
    • Medico-Legal Society of Victoria committee member
    • Member of Breast Surg ANZ Surgeons Association
    • Member of Clinical Oncological Society of Australia
    • Finalist My Face My Body awards 3x categories – Best Practice (Victoria), Best Patient Experience, Best Aesthetic Practice.


    After training in plastic surgery, Dr Yap completed her fellowship in general surgery. This allows her to combine surgical cancer treatment of the breast with plastic surgical techniques, to allow for an aesthetically pleasing result at the time of cancer surgery. Her Breast Oncoplastic work was augmented by further training at the European Institute of Oncology, Milan, and the Royal College of Surgeons, London. Dr. Yap has honed her skills by working with leading breast oncoplastic surgeon, Prof Krishna Clough at the Clinique Bizet in Paris. Dr. Yap is passionate about the education of women in early detection of breast cancer, and the advances in breast surgical treatment. She has been guest speaker at Bendigo Bank’s Wealthy, Healthy & Stylish Women Workshop; Emerald Community Girls Night In; Bank of Melbourne and Bunnings staff education seminars; Hospira staff education program; Pomeroy Pacific Boardroom Lunch Seminar; Survivors of Breast Cancer Breakfast, Mulgrave Country Club; and Flickering Memories fundraising for Breast and Ovarian Cancer, Tasmania. She has also been interviewed on Radio Australia and 3MDR 97.1FM, and is co-editor of McGraw’s “Surgery On-Call”. Dr. Yap has also spoken at a number of conferences on Breast Oncoplastic surgery, role of genetic testing and the “Jolie Effect – role of prophylactic mastectomy and reconstructive options”. These include, ACMA National conference, Update on Cancer Kuala Lumpur; Meet the Experts, Utah, and in Les Arc; The Family Health Conference (Dorevitch); ACMAV, Current Controversies in Medicine.

    Presentations involving emerging techniques include those at IPRAS (International Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery) in both Sydney and Berlin, and EPRAS in Vienna. Dr. Yap has also spoken on the subject of autologous fat grafting in reconstruction in Rome at ISPRES (International Society of Plastic Regenerative Surgery), and BIT’s 5th Annual World Congress of Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cells Guangzhou, China.

    More recently, Dr. Yap was asked to present the “Changing Trends in Breast Cancer and the Implications to Management”, to the Minister of Health, and was also guest speaker at International Women’s Day event.

    Prevention is better than cure, is mantra to Dr Yap’s practice. Currently little is known about the causes of breast cancer, so we can only act upon current knowledge to beat this disease. Knowledge is empowering and it is important that we impart that upon all women who can then make informed choices.

  • Associate Professor Wendy Ingman
    Associate Professor Wendy Ingman

    A/Prof Wendy Ingman graduated from a PhD at the University of Adelaide in 2002 and conducted postdoctoral training as an NHMRC CJ Martin Fellow at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, USA, returning to Adelaide in 2005. Wendy made the transition to independent researcher in 2009 with an NHMRC New Investigator Project grant. In 2011 she was appointed an NBCF Early Career Fellow and THRF A/Prof of Breast Cancer Research, and established a laboratory at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital which is her current appointment. The Unit investigates breast biology and how disease states of the breast occur.

    The Breast Biology and Cancer Unit is located at the Basil Hetzel Institute within The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and at the Medical School on Frome Rd at the main University campus.

    Research Interests

    Breast cancer places an incredible burden on Australian women. Every year, around 14,000 Australian women are diagnosed with breast cancer alone – a disease that devastates women’s lives and is often fatal.

    If we are to prevent and treat breast cancer, we must better understand how the disease develops. Recent research has revealed an exciting new piece of the puzzle: breast cancer may be influenced by immune system cells called macrophages. Akin to the body’s housekeepers, macrophages clean up old cellular debris. They also act as bodyguards by sensing invading pathogens and cancer cells – keeping the body safe from disease. Studies in our laboratory and others have demonstrated that macrophages are essential for healthy development of the mammary gland during puberty, menstrual cycling, pregnancy, and lactation. And our recent research suggests that macrophage functions may be associated with a number of well-established breast cancer risk factors. Despite these early clues, little is understood of how macrophages function in breast tissue, how they are regulated, or how they impact on disease states.

  • Dr Karly Hayworth
    Dr Karly Hayworth

    Dr Karley Heyworth graduated with honours from Sydney University. She has worked in General Practice since 1993 in Darwin, Sydney’s  Northern Beaches and in Potts Point.

    After completing the FRACGP in 1993, she developed a special interest in women’s health and paediatrics. She worked for 20 years as a visiting medical Officer at Cerebral Palsy Alliance based at Allambie Heights She spent 2 years as the medical editor at medical Observer.

    Since 2009 she has been involved in the editing, writing and filming of medical education material for both GPs and the general public. These programs have largely centred around health screening and women’s health initiatives. She is a contracted medical editor for MD Briefcase, High Heal, Dr M.E.,Australian Doctor Group and Hologic.

    She is delighted to be associated with Pink Hope & Be Dense Aware having experienced Breast Cancer in her own family.

  • Heather Thorne OAM
    Heather Thorne OAM (BApplSci, Professional Dip Clinical Research)

    Heather Thorne OAM is the national manager of kConFab, which brings together geneticists, clinicians, surgeon, genetic counsellors, psychosocial researchers, pathologists and epidemiologists, from Australia and New Zealand, who believe the causes and consequences of familial predisposition to breast cancer can be understood only by a concerted national effort at both a basic and clinical level.

    In 1997, kConFab, with the help of family cancer centres in Australia and New Zealand, began enrolling families with a strong history of breast and/or ovarian cancer. Genetic, epidemiological, medical and psychosocial data collected from these families by kConFab nurses and researchers are de-identified and stored in a central relational database. Biospecimens collected from family members are used to characterise germ-line mutations in predisposing genes such as BRCA1 and BRCA2 and to search for new cancer associated genes. kConFab has accumulated data on more than1600 multigenerational, multicase kindreds.

    kConFabis not a research organisation in the usual sense, but a resource upon which researchers can draw. The aims of the consortium are to make data and biospecimens widely available to researchers for use in peer-reviewed, ethically-approved funded research projects on familial aspects of breast cancer; kConFab is supplying biological specimens and data to more than 150 research projects worldwide.

  • Karin Steinke
    Karin Steinke

    Karin Steinke is a senior staff specialist in the Department of Medical Imaging at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, School of Medicine.

    She studied medicine in Freiburg, Germany and went through her radiological training at the University Hospital Basel, Switzerland.

    A research fellowship 2002-2003 in Sydney was part of her PhD she completed at the University of Basel, Switzerland in 2004, followed by a Master of Surgery at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia in 2005 – both with the topic of radiofrequency ablation of solid tumours. She left Switzerland in 2006 and joined the
    Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital as a senior staff specialist with oncology imaging and reporting, lung and breast imaging and interventions as her subspecialties.

    Her field of research is percutaneous thermal ablation (RFA, MWA) of lung tumours, which has resulted in over 50 publications and book chapters and well over 100 presentations and lectures worldwide.


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