2018 Innovations in Cancer Treatment and Care Conference


The 7th annual Innovations in Cancer Treatment and Care Conference is now completed.

This year’s conference addressed the important issue of ‘Right care, right place, right time’.

Supporting innovation, collaboration and continuous improvement across the cancer health system, this is a key event for all clinicians, health workers, researchers and people affected by cancer in NSW. See previous Innovations Conference abstracts & speakers.

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Keynote speaker: Dr Craig Earle

Dr. Craig Earle is a medical oncologist and health services researcher, practicing at Sunnybrook’s Odette Cancer Centre in Toronto. He is Vice-President of Cancer Control at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Earle originally trained and practiced in Ottawa, after which he spent 10 years between 1998 – 2008 in Boston at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. Read more


2018 Discussion panel

This year's panel is explored how we use data to shape the NSW cancer system. Joining Dr Craig Earle was:

  • Professor Karen Canfell
  • Scott McLachlan
  • Professor David Roder

Conference program

Thursday 13 September 2018

7.45am – 8.30am

Early Morning Speed Mentoring*
Prof Sanchia Aranda, Cancer Council Australia
Mr Jason Boyd, Bureau of Health Information
Prof David Currow, Cancer Institute NSW
Dr Jean-Frédéric Levesuqe, NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation
A/Prof Anthony Proietto, Hunter New England Local Health District (LHD)

8am – 8.50am

(Tea and coffee provided)

8.50am - 10.45am

Hosted by Ms Julie McCrossin
Room: Wentworth Ballroom

8.50am– 9.15am

Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country
Koomurri Incursions
Conference Open
Ms Elizabeth Koff, Secretary, NSW Health

9.15am - 9.45am

Keynote Address: How can we introduce innovative treatments into publically funded healthcare systems?
Dr Craig Earle, Vice President, Cancer Control, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

9.45am – 9.55am

Audience Feedback

9.55am - 10.45am



Using data to shape the NSW cancer system

Dr Craig Earle,  Vice President, Cancer Control, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

Prof David Currow, Chief Cancer Officer and Chief Executive, Cancer Institute NSW

Prof Karen Canfell, Director, Cancer Research Division, Cancer Council NSW

Prof David Roder, Chair of Cancer Epidemiology and Population Health, University of South Australia

Mr Scott McLachlan, Chief Executive, Western NSW Local Health District

10.45am – 11.15am


11.15am – 12.45pm



Collaborating and co-designing with patients and consumers to drive change
Room: Melbourne
Chair: Ms Julie Callaghan, Cancer Institute NSW

11.15am - 11.25am

CANcierge – an application (app) for patients, families and careers to navigate cancer services, improve treatment experiences and enhance self-care
Ms Gillian Blanchard, Calvary Mater Newcastle

11.30am - 11.40am

Pychosocial needs and demographics of cancer patients at TWH and Illawarra Cancer Care Centre
Ms Cheryl Butcher, The Wollongong Hospital

11.45am - 11.55am

Quit because you care: Outcomes from the carers project
Ms Louise Ross, Sydney Local Health District

12.00pm - 12.10pm

“Screening saves lives”: Increasing cervical screening in Bangladeshi and Nepalese women
Ms Christina Gallant, South East Sydney Local Health District

12.15pm - 12.25pm

A systematic and multi-level consumer engagement model that brings researchers and consumers closer to a common goal: Translational Cancer Research Network (TCRN)
Ms Kathryn Leaney, Translational Cancer Research Network

12.30pm - 12.40pm

Shaping Holistic Care for Patients with Brain Cancer
Ms Dawn Hutley, Nepean Cancer Care Centre

Ms Jacqui Burgess, Nepean Cancer Care Centre


Data driving change
Room: Perth
Chair: Mr Richard Walton, Cancer Institute NSW

11.15am - 11.25am

Costs of cancer care: Estimates using linked health data
Mr David Goldsbury, Cancer Council NSW

11.30am - 11.40am

The effect of new radiotherapy departments (RTD) on the accessability of cancer patients to the nearest RT facilities in NSW
Dr Gabriel Gabriel, Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research and University NSW

11.45am - 11.55am

Use of a modified tumor-node-metastasis staging system in the New South Wales Cancer Registry, Australia
Ms Sheena Lawrence, Cancer Institute NSW

12.00pm - 12.10pm

Far West Local Health District Direct Access Colonoscopy Clinic (DACC)
Ms Kellie Hammond, Broken Hill Health Service

12.15pm - 12.25pm

Implementing follow-up phone calls to help identify post treatment side effects at the Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre (CPMCC)
Ms Fadila Najem, The Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre Westmead

12.30pm - 12.40pm

Answering the hard questions: rectal cancer outcomes measurements for Illawarra Shoalhaven patients
Ms Amy Hains, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District


Leveraging technology for improvement
Room: Sydney
Chair: Ms Cynthia Lean, Cancer Institute NSW

11.15am - 11.25am

PIONEER - Improving the palliative patient journey in radiation oncology
Ms Shelley Wong, Northern Sydney Cancer Centre

11.30am - 11.40am

CanDo: turning empathy into action Rch
Ms Rachael Lonergan, CanDo

11.45am - 11.55am

A population-based trial of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) screening embedded in the BreastScreen Program: Interim results
Prof Nehmat Houssami, University of Sydney

12.00pm - 12.10pm

Rapid Planning the way forward: embracing technology and improving patient care
Dr John Atyeo, Northern Sydney Cancer Centre

12.15pm - 12.25pm

Cancer Advisor: listening to the client voice to develop an innovative online information hub
Ms Julia Siddiqui, Redkite

12.30pm - 12.40pm

WhiMSICAL database - Global WM registry for patient’s voice
Mr Andrew Warden, WMozzies

12.45pm – 1.45pm


1.15pm - 1.45pm

Poster tours
Meet at the Registration Desk

1.45pm - 3.15pm



Striving for equity in meeting the needs of priority populations
Room: Melbourne
Chair: Mr Christopher Horn, Cancer Institute NSW

1.45pm - 1.55pm

Evaluating patterns of care in the Aboriginal population accessing Cancer Services - Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD)
Ms Larissa Collins, Central Coast Local Health District

2.00pm - 2.10pm

Implementation of a decision support triage tool in specialist general practitioner shared care: an exploratory study using qualitative multi-method design
Mr John Lewis, University NSW

2.15pm - 2.25pm

Development of webinars for Chinese migrants with cancer: Findings from a Systematic Review and Focus Groups
Ms Annie Miller, Cancer Council NSW

2.30pm - 2.40pm

Our health, our cancer journey: building community capacity to improve cancer outcomes for Aboriginal people in the Shoalhaven
Ms Amy Hains, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District

Ms Patricia Deaves, Waminda

2.45pm - 2.55pm

CALD resource project: web-based resources for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities affected by cancer
Ms Gaya Dharmagesan, Cancer Council Australia

Dr Cathy O'Callaghan, CancerCouncil Australia

3.00pm – 3.10pm

SAHA improving cancer outcomes in our culturally diverse communities
Ms Nadia Dghaich, Multicultural Health Service


Tools supporting quality and safety in cancer care
Room: Perth
Chair: Mr Nick Wilcox, Southern NSW Local Health District

1.45pm - 1.55pm

Real time feedback of patterns of care for clinicians through an integrated Electronic Medical System (EMR) and structured data solution
Dr Chelsie O’Connor, GenesisCare

2.00pm - 2.10pm

The lung cancer framework: a national resource to advance best practice lung cancer care in Australia
Ms Le-Tisha Kable, Cancer Australia

2.15pm - 2.25pm

Localising ovarian cancer pathways in a regional setting
Ms Lisa Delaney, Northern NSW Cancer Institute

2.30pm - 2.40pm

Development of eChemo data quality framework - Western Sydney Local Health District Cancer Services

Ms Jacqueline Yuen, Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre

2.45pm - 2.55pm

Providing the right information in the right way to support the delivery of the right care
Ms Lisa McLean, Cancer Institute NSW

3.00pm – 3.10pm

A Collaborative Approach: For the Oncology outpatient setting
Ms Belinda Kendall, Mid North Coast Area Health Service


TCRC Rapid Fire
Room: Sydney
Chair: Dr Natalie Taylor, Cancer Council NSW

1.45pm - 1.52pm

Designing a dashboard: how to visualise and feedback Electronic Health Record (EHR) data for clinical support and quality improvement
Ms Kirsten Jackson, University of Sydney

1.54pm - 2.01pm

Mutation profiling and molecular analysis in the INOVATe study
Prof Anna deFazio, The Westmead Institute for Medical Research, University of Sydney, Westmead Hospital

2.03pm - 2.10pm

Comparing evidence-based recommendation for radiotherapy use against routine practice in breast cancer
Dr Roya Merie, Liverpool Hospital

2.12pm - 2.19pm

Predicting a subsequent breast cancer incident using the gist of the abnormal in the prior mammogram
Ms Ziba Gandomkar, University of Sydney

2.21pm - 2.28pm

Has lung cancer radiotherapy utilisation (RTU) changed over time in NSW, Australia?
Prof Shalini Vinod, Liverpool Hospital

2.30pm – 2.37pm

Exercised-based rehabilitation for cancer survivors with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN)
Dr J Matt McCrary, University of NSW

2.39pm – 2.46pm

The truth about chemotherapy variation
Ms Nasreen Kaadan, Ingham Institute

2.48pm – 2.55pm

Implementation of a lung cancer multidisciplinary team standardized template for reporting to general practitioners: a mixed methods study
Dr Nicole Rankin, Cancer Council NSW and Sydney Catalyst

2.57pm – 3.04pm

Breast cancer screening practices among immigrant women in Australia
Dr Cannas Kwok, Western Sydney University

3.06pm – 3.13pm

Judging and Questions

3.15pm – 3.30pm


3.30pm – 5pm

Hosted by Ms Julie McCrossin
Room: Wentworth Ballroom

3:30pm - 3:50pm

Reporting for Better Cancer Outcomes Program
Prof David Currow, Cancer Institute NSW
Dr Ru Kwedza, Cancer Institute NSW
Ms Melissa Cumming, Far West Local Health District

Prof Stephen Clarke, Northern Sydney Local Health District
Dr Craig Earle, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

3:50pm - 4.40pm

Panel Discussion
Strengthening our NSW Cancer System through Reporting for Better Cancer Outcomes

4:40pm - 5pm

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

Closing address

5pm - 6pm

NETWORKING FUNCTION (Drinks and Canapés)


Conference concludes

Conference Posters

The following posters will be displayed during the conference:

  1. A new ward for St Vincents Haematology patients

  2. An audit of Timely access to evidence-based pathways of cancer care for patients with thoracic malignancies in Australian Capital Territory (ACT) region

  3. Patterns of Post-Mastectomy Radiotherapy in Women who have T1-2N1 Breast Cancer in South Western Sydney

  4. Optimal evaluation of artificial intelligence software for the automated data extraction within the NSW Cancer Registry

  5. North Coast Women's Cancer Screening Collaborative (WCSC)

  6. Look who's talking now: Cancer in primary care on Twitter

  7. A pilot study comparing melanoma self-surveillance using teledermatology and clinician-led surveillance.

  8. ANZMTG improving the outlook for patients with rare cancers: National priority research groups

  9. Systematic Approach to the Management of Communication and Swallowing Disorders in Children diagnosed with Childhood Brain Tumour and Leukaemia

  10. Increasing cancer screening for culturally diverse communities in the Nepean Blue Mountains region

  11. A national priority: Improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer through an Optimal Care Pathway

  12. A rapid access lung cancer clinic reduces variation in lung cancer diagnostic and treatment services

  13. Taking Clinical Trials to Rural and Regional Patients via a Tele-trial Model: The Experience of Central West Cancer Trials

  14. “I can’t do this, I'm failing.” low-scocioeconomic status smoker and ex-smokers barriers to cessation: a qualitative study

  15. Creating a Culturally Aware Cancer Centre

  16. BreastScreen NSW Greater Western - Aboriginal Engagement Project

  17. Nurse led initiatives in tracheostomised patients in the oncology setting (WITHDRAWN)

  18. Strengthening Multidisciplinary Team Performance in Cancer Services in Western Sydney One Year On

  19. Oesophagogastric Cancer Pathway Localisation Project

  20. A corporate document management solution for implementation of the Radiation Oncology Practice Standards

  21. Development of a patient pathway for malignant spinal cord compression

  22. The Australasian Tele-Trial Model – Access to clinical trials closer to home using tele-health

  23. Review of Hospital Coding for invasive urothelial bladder cancer- Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD)

  24. Ovarian Pathway Project

  25. ClinTrial Refer - Version 2 - an integrated approach with global searching

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