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Robert Kent

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Clinical Research Manager


Robert is the Manager of Clinical Research for St Vincent’s Cancer Services situated in The Kinghorn Cancer Centre. Partnering with leading pharmaceutical companies and non-profit research groups, the department aims to provide access to the latest treatments through clinical research.

Robert is committed to supporting research at every level to bring best practice healthcare to the patients treated at the Cancer Centre. The department provides logistical and training support to medical students and nurses wishing to participate in clinical research to encourage the professional development of future researchers.

Robert’s career is defined by his commitment to cancer treatment and research. With over 10 years experience working at St Vincent’s Hospital, Robert has always taken pride that his values are closely aligned with that of St Vincent’s Hospital. Compassion and the Pursuit of Excellence are foci of all staff working in the Clinical Research Department.

Robert has previously worked as a Senior Clinical Research Associate in oncology trials liaising with cancer centres around Australia to manage pharmaceutical trials. He has been responsible for restructuring and improving processes within the Clinical Research Department in preparation for the move to The Kinghorn Cancer Centre.

Robert continues his involvement in clinical research as a Co-Convener on the Clinical Research Interest Area Committee for ARCS Australia.

Background

Robert initially studied nursing and graduated from The Sydney Adventist Hospital. His first position was as a Registered Nurse in the Gynae-Oncology Department at the Royal Hospital for Women, Paddington in 1990.

Robert went on to continue his career development, working for the next seven years in the Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplants Department at St Vincent’s Hospital and The King Faisal Specialist Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

From 1998 to 2005 Robert returned to St Vincent’s Hospital, working in Medical Oncology, Heart Lung Transplants and Intensive Care departments. In 2005 he left St Vincent’s to change his career focus to clinical research, starting as a Trial Coordinator and working his way up through the industry as a Clinical Research Associate. In 2011 Robert left his position as a Senior Clinical Research Associate to take up his current role.

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