A renowned oncologist, cancer researcher and bioethicist. His research interests are in anticancer drug studies, symptom control, bio-ethics and psycho-oncology, Ian is the author of over 250 journal articles and is a regular commentator on cancer issues in Australia and internationally.
He initiated a number of programs to improve cancer care in rural and remote areas and for Indigenous people. He established the first medical oncology clinic in Alice Springs and pioneered a telemedicine link for multidisciplinary cancer care between Adelaide and Darwin, which provided benefits for both local patients and clinicians.
He has also led research into culturally appropriate approaches to the treatment and care of Indigenous Australians diagnosed with cancer. Olver also supports cancer care in India through his association with the Christian Medical College Hospital in Vellore, through the Australian Friends of Vellore group.
He trained the first medical oncologist for the Hospital and is president of the Australian Friends of Vellore