2017 Innovations in Cancer Treatment and Care Conference

The Cancer Institute NSW presented the Innovations in Cancer Treatment and Care Conference on September 14th, 2017 in Sydney at the Sofitel Hote;.

The Innovations Conference 2017 is a free conference for health professionals – providing an opportunity to see, hear, learn, collaborate and share the latest innovations in quality cancer treatment and care.

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What’s on in 2017?

This year’s Conference will carry a key focus on innovations in smoking cessation for people with cancer.

An outline of the program is now available. See the: Innovations Conference 2017 - Program Outline.

Six concurrent sessions have been confirmed:

  • Using Technology to Improve Cancer Care
  • Patient Centred Care
  • Psychosocial Care and Support
  • Innovations in Radiation Oncology
  • Innovations to support Smoking Cessation
  • TCRC Rapid Fire Session

Stay updated for more program details – coming soon.

2017 Keynote – Dr Graham Warren

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr Graham Warren, Associate Professor of the Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr Warren’s extensive background in smoking cessation for people with cancer will make him an ideal lead through our Cancer Innovations 2017 discussions.

A Board Certified Radiation Oncologist and the Vice Chairman for Research in the Department of Radiation Oncology, Dr Warren has a primary clinical emphasis in the treatment of gastrointestinal and thoracic malignancies.

He is recognised for his background in smoking cessation, working with a wide range of organisations to increase access to evidence-based tobacco cessation support for cancer patients.

His primary research interests are in:

  • Evaluating the clinical and biologic effects of tobacco on cancer treatment response.
  • Identifying critical biologic targets to improve therapeutic outcomes in cancer patients exposed to tobacco.
  • Optimising behavioural and clinical methods to optimize data collection that can be used for clinical decision making and research.

Find our more about Dr Graham Warren.

MC – Julie McCrossin

We are excited to welcome Julie McCrossin as this year’s Innovations Conference MC. Julie McCrossin gets people talking and she is renowned for her warmth, humour, intelligence and commitment to social justice.

After 20 years as a broadcaster with ABC Radio National, ABC TV and Network Ten, she is now a freelance journalist and facilitator. (Read more)

2017 Discussion Panel

Four expert panel members from across Australia will be part of the 2017 Cancer Innovations discussion panel, focusing on smoking cessation for people with cancer.

The Hon. Nicola Roxon

Nicola Roxon comes from 15 years in Australian federal politics – notably as Minister for Health and Ageing for four years, and Australia’s first female Attorney-General in 2011.

She is recognised for her role spearheading Australia’s plain packaging push, a regulation now being adopted by countries around the world. (Read more)

Find out more about the Hon. Nicola Roxon.

Dr Bronwyn King

Dr King founded Tobacco Free Portfolios with the goal of eliminating tobacco from investment portfolios around the world.

As a Radiation Oncologist at The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, she saw first hand the impact of lung cancer on patients. (Read more)

Find out more about Dr Bronwyn King.

Professor Geoff Delaney

Professor Geoff Delaney

Professor Geoff Delaney is a staff specialist in Radiation Oncology at Liverpool and Campbelltown Hospitals, and the Director of Cancer Services for the South West Sydney Local Health District.

He has published research in international literature – over 170 peer-reviewed papers, reports and book chapters – and has a main tumour site interest in breast cancer. (Read more)

Find out more about Professor Geoff Delaney.

Associate Professor Jarad Martin

Associate Professor Jarad Martin is a Radiation Oncologist from Newcastle, managing people with genitourinary and gastrointestinal cancers.

He is the Director of Research (Department of Radiation Oncology) and Radiation Oncologist at the Calvary Mater Newcastle, as well as Visiting Medical Officer at Genesis Cancer Care, Lake Macquarie Private Hospital. (Read more)

Find out more about Associate Professor Jarad Martin.

Associate Professor Philip Beale

Associate Professor Philip Beale

Associate Professor Philip Beale is Director of Cancer Services and Director of Palliative Care at Sydney Local Health District, together with roles at Concord, RPA and Chris O'Brien Lifehouse.

In clinical practice Associate Professor Beale has a special interest in ovarian, breast, colorectal and upper gastrointestinal cancers. (Read more)

Find out more about Associate Professor Philip Beale.

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Conference program

Thursday 14 September 2017

8am – 8.30am

(Tea and coffee provided)

8.30am– 11am

Hosted by Ms Julie McCrossin

8.30 - 9am

Welcome to Country and Conference Opening

9.10am– 9.40am

Keynote Address
The impact of smoking on treatment response and smoking cessation support in clinical settings

A/Prof Graham Warren, Vice Chairman for the Research in Radiation Oncology, Department of Radiation Oncology, Department of Cell and Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina

9.40am – 9.50am

Audience Feedback

9.50am – 11am

Panel DiscussionThe responsibility of cancer health professionals to support smoking cessation

The Hon. Nicola Roxon,  Former Minister for Health and Chair of Cancer Council Australia

Dr Graham Warren, Vice Chairman for the Research in Radiation Oncology, Department of Radiation Oncology, Department of Cell and Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina

Dr Bronwyn King, Radiation Oncologist and CEO Tobacco Free Portfolios

Prof Geoff Delaney, Director of Cancer Services, South Western Sydney Local Health District

Dr Jarad Martin, Director of Research (Department of Radiation Oncology) and Radiation Oncologist, Calvary Mater, Newcastle

A/Prof Philip Beale, Director of Cancer Services, Sydney Local Health District

11am – 11.30am

MORNING TEA (30 mins)

11.30am – 1pm



Using Technology to Improve Cancer Care
Room: Melbourne
Chair: Ms Sheena Lawrance, Cancer Institute NSW

11:30am - 11:45am

13 11 20 information and support service – your navigation through Cancer
Ms Jan Priaulx, Cancer Council NSW

11:50am - 12:05pm

PREXIT – paper records exit into an electronic era
Ms Rachel Williams, Prince of Wales Hospital

12:10pm - 12:25pm

Increasing psychosocial support through digital channels
Ms Annette Beattie, Cancer Council NSW

12:30pm - 12:45pm

Increasing cross-referral and recruitment to clinical trials:  a new APProach
Ms Judith Trotman, Concord

12:45pm - 1pm

The healthy living after cancer partnership project:  telephone health coaching and additional SMS support for cancer survivors
Mrs Elizabeth Hing, Cancer Council NSW


Patient Centred Care
Room: Perth
Chair: Dr Ru Kwedza, Cancer Institute NSW

11:30am - 11:45am

Lessons learned in improving access to colonoscopy for the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program
Dr Peter Pockney, University of Newcastle

11:50am - 12:05pm

The RoaDmaP pilot study:  feasibility of implementing a primary care intervention for referral of potential lung cancer cases to specialist care
Dr Nicole Rankin, University of Sydney

12:10pm - 12:25pm

Yarning about cancer
Ms Sally Carveth, Cancer Council NSW

12:30pm - 12:45pm

What patients want:  streamlining radiation oncology patient information across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven cancer care centres
Mrs Belinda Arnold and Mrs Tiffany Sandell, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District

12:45pm - 1pm

Best evidence to best practice: implementing an innovative model of care for nutrition management of patients with head and neck cancer – outcomes and impact
Ms Merran Findlay, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital


TCRC Rapid Fire Session (6 min presentation)
Room: Sydney
Chair: Prof Tim Shaw, University of Sydney

11:30am - 11:39am

A novel approach to the management of radiation oncology clinical trials; focus on quality, processes and improving participation
Ms Melissa Grand, Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research – Liverpool and Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centres

11:39am - 11:48am

The quest towards better data collection, automation, and scalability – a lung MDT case study
Mr Thomas Tran, Cancer Therapy Centre, Liverpool Hospital

11:48am - 11:57am

Cancer research participation by culturally and linguistically diverse patients in South Western Sydney from 2006-2016:  A retrospective analysis
Dr Ben Smith, Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research – Liverpool and Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centres

11:57am - 12:06pm

A retrospective pharmaceutical financial benefits analysis of clinical trial participation
Mr Kelvin Truong, University of Sydney

12:06pm - 12:15pm

Embedding research (and evidence) in cancer healthcare – the EnRICH program
Dr Bea Brown, Sydney Catalyst Translational Cancer Research Centre

12:15pm - 12:24pm

Does timeliness of care in non-small cell lung cancer impact on survival?
A/Prof Shalini Vinod, Liverpool Hospital

12:24pm - 12:33pm

Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in Australian cancer survivors
Dr Eva Battaglini, University of NSW

12:33pm - 12:42pm

Evidence-practice gaps in distress management for cancer patients and preferred implementation strategies: a national cross-sectional survey
Dr Elizabeth Fradgley, University of Newcastle

12:42pm - 12:51pm

Improving regional patients’ in HNE LHD access to the optimal care pathway for ovarian cancer
Ms Catherine Adams, Hunter New England Local Health District

12:51pm - 1pm

Reoperation after breast conserving surgery for cancer 2002-2013, NSW, Australia
Dr Marina van Leeuwen, University of NSW



1pm - 1:45pm

LUNCH (45 minutes)

1:45pm - 3pm



Innovations to Support Smoking Cessation
Room:  Sydney
Chair: Ms Angela Booth, Murrumbidgee LHD

1:45pm - 2pm

Development of the NSW smoking cessation framework
Ms Kate Reakes, Cancer Institute NSW (on behalf of the NSW Smoking Cessation Collaboration)

2pm - 2:15pm

Preliminary findings from an evaluation of the barriers for carers in supporting mental health consumers to quit smoking
Ms Louise Ross, Sydney Local Health District

2:15pm - 2:30pm

Smoking cessation care in outpatient oncology:  patient perspectives
Ms Emma Sherwood, University of Newcastle

2:30pm - 2:45pm

Message 2 quit (M2quit) for smoking cessation:  a pilot trial of tailored text-messaging program for Australian low-socioeconomic status smokers
Dr Ryan Courtney, University of NSW

2:45pm - 3pm

Smoking and age as factors influencing stable weight in rural patients undergoing radiotherapy for head and neck cancer
Ms Deborah Doyle, Mid North Coast Cancer Institute


Psychosocial Care and Support
Room: Melbourne
Chair: Ms Ruth Jones, Western NSW LHD

1:45pm - 2pm

Indigenous Australians and cancer care – closing the gap
Ms Amelia Bolt, Mid North Coast Cancer Institute

2pm - 2:15pm

What do Radiation Therapists know about patient anxiety?
Ms Kelly Elsner, University of Sydney

2:15pm - 2:30pm

Evaluating patient information:  understanding cancer booklets
Ms Elizabeth Humphries, Cancer Council NSW

2:30pm - 2:45pm

Chinese women with breast cancer:  challenges, coping strategies and supportive care needs
Ms Martha Gerges, Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research

2:45pm - 3pm

Recognise; respond; resilience; managing compassion fatigue in oncology nurses
Ms Caroline Ford, Mid North Coast Cancer Institute


Innovations in Radiation Oncology
Room: Perth
Chair: Ms Jill Graham, Cancer Institute NSW

1:45pm - 2pm

Radiotherapy patterns of care for stage I and II non-small cell lung cancer in Sydney, Australia
Mr Andrew Nguyen, University of Sydney

2pm - 2:15pm

Criterion-based benchmarking approach of the appropriate use of radiotherapy in NSW-ACT, Australia
Dr Gabriel Gabriel, Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research

2:15pm - 2:30pm

Evidence-based population model of local control and overall survival benefit of radiotherapy
Dr Jesmin Shafiq, Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research

2:30pm - 2:45pm

Eating as treatment: improving treatment outcomes for head and neck cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy
Ms Kristen McCarter, University of Newcastle

2:45pm - 3pm

Which bowel preparation works best?  A randomised control trial comparing a bulking and osmotic laxative in achieving an empty rectum for prostate radiation therapy
Ms Nicole Weston, Central West Cancer Care Centre

3pm - 3:30pm


3:30pm - 5pm

Hosted by Julie McCrossin

3:30pm - 3:50pm

The Role of Smoking Cessation in Clinical Oncology.  Australian oncologists experiences, preference and practices
A/Prof Christine Paul, University of Newcastle

3:50pm - 4pm

Audience feedback

4pm - 4:50pm

Rapid Fire Presentations – Innovations in Smoking Care

4pm - 4:06pm

An evaluation of the effectiveness of a smoking cessation e-learning training for community sector professionals
Mr Scott Walsberger, Cancer Council NSW

4:06pm - 4:11pm

Judges feedback

4:11pm - 4:17pm

How do NSW hospitals promote smoking cessation care for patients with cancer
Ms Emma Sherwood, University of Newcastle

4:17pm - 4:22pm

Judges feedback

4:22pm - 4:27pm

Shaping interventions to address waterpipe smoking in an Arabic speaking community in Australia:  a qualitative study
Ms Rachael Kearns and Myna Hua, University of NSW

4:27pm - 4:32pm

Judges feedback

4:32pm - 4:38pm

Continued smoking after a cancer diagnosis – a longitudinal study of intentions and attempts to quit
A/Prof Christine Paul, University of Newcastle

4:38pm - 4:50pm

Judges feedback

4:50pm - 5pm

Presentations, Judging and Closing
a. First Time Oral Presentaion at Innovations Conference
b. Best Poster prize
c. People's Choice Award poster
d. Rapid Fire Judging and presentation

5pm - 6pm

NETWORKING FUNCTION (Drinks and Canapés)



Conference Posters

The following posters will be displayed during the conference:

1. Radiation Induced Skin Reactions - Is Strata XRT gel more effective in the prevention and management of Radiation Induced Skin Reactions (RISR) than standard care?

2. Deficits in fine motor function and postural stability are linked in cancer survivors at risk of neurotoxicity

3. Engaging Primary Health Care Providers to improve breast, cervical and bowel cancer screening participations at the General Practice-level

4. Increasing Breast Cancer Screening participation among Aboriginal women in the Lithgow Local Government Area: A PHN-led Initiative

5.Preliminary results from a prospective cohort of scalp hypothermia in the prevention of chemotherapy induced alopecia in rural NSW

6. THE "HAIR SPARE" STUDY - A feasibility study of hair sparing whole brain radiotherapy for brain metastases with volumetric modulate arc therapy (MVAT) ANZMTG 01.07 SS 01.13

7. The Thing about Cancer

8. Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women's Lives (STS) - ANZGOG's ovarian cancer learning initiative for health professional students

9. Lung Pathway Project

10. Improving patient engagement in melanoma clinical trials

11. An interdimensional correlation framework for direct real-time estimation of six degree of freedom target motion using a single x-ray...

12. Individualised Ovarian Cancer Treatment through Integration of Genomic Pathology into Multidisciplinary Care - An Analysis of Initial Recruitment to the INOVATe Study

13. Implementing evidence-based psychological support in community settings: Two examples from paediatric and adolescent and young adult oncology

14. Medicolegal Considerations in Multidisciplinary Lung Cancer Care

15. Follow-up of Stage I-III Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: Who, When and How?

16. Improving access to colonoscopy in a South Western Sydney public hospital for patients with positive faecal occult blood test

17. Cytisine versus varenicline for smoking cessation: A study protocol for a single-blind randomised controlled non-inferiority clinical trial

18. Improved Clinical Documentation for Improved Communication

19. Nurse led Vascular Access Team (VAT) St George Hospital Cancer Services