About Us

Our Vision and Goals

Our vision is to enhance the care of children and adolescents with cancer, through the clinical development of new therapies, tests and interventions to improve outcomes for children with the most aggressive cancers.

KOALA collaborates with international experts to facilitate the delivery of cutting edge medical treatment at hospitals around Australia and New Zealand.

Our People

Associate Professor David Ziegler


A/Prof Ziegler is a paediatric oncologist at the Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. He treats children with all types of cancer and sub-specialises in childhood brain cancers, including malignant gliomas, DIPG and medulloblastomas. A/Prof Ziegler is the Group Leader of Targeted Therapies Program at Children’s Cancer Institute Australia.

A/Prof Ziegler’s primary research interest is novel targeted therapies for the most aggressive childhood cancers, with a goal of rapid translation from laboratory to clinic.

He has been instrumental in establishing KOALA to promote bench to bedside medicine and early phase paediatric oncology trials in Australia and New Zealand.

Emma McCormack

Clinical Trials Manager

Lily Wong

National Study Coordinator

Emma Murphy

National Study Coordinator

Joanne Chuah

National Study Coordinator

Laura Woodrow

National Study Coordinator

Our Partners