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2019 Innovations in Cancer Treatment and Care Conference

The Cancer Institute NSW is pleased to announce the 8th annual Innovations in Cancer Treatment and Care Conference. This conference brings together clinicians, health workers, researchers and people affected by cancer to foster innovation and continuous improvement across the NSW cancer health system.

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When: Thursday 26 September 2019

Time: 8.30am – 6pm | Registration open at 8.30am | Networking 5pm to 6pm

Where: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, 61-101 Phillip Street, Sydney


The 2019 conference addressed equity of outcome in cancer control, explored through the following themes:

  • Priority populations (e.g gender, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and rural/remote communities)
  • Technology to improve equity (e.g telehealth)
  • Cultural safety
  • Tools to support equity (e.g transport, finance)
  • Health literacy
  • Collaborative frameworks


Keynote speaker
Professor Diana Sarfati (MBChB, MPH, PhD, FNZCPHM)

Professor Diana Sarfati (MBChB, MPH, PhD, FNZCPHM) is a public health physician, cancer epidemiologist and health services researcher. She is Head of the Department of Public Health and the Director of the Cancer and Chronic Conditions (C3) Research Group at University of Otago, Wellington. She is currently a member of the New Zealand National Cancer Leadership Board (NZ), the Advisory Committee to International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) Pacific cancer hub, the Academic Advisory Committee to IARC on the International Cancer Benchmarking Project, and she is currently leading a Lancet Oncology series on cancer control in small island developing states.

Professor Sarfati has led a large body of research relating to ethnic disparities in cancer outcomes in New Zealand. This work has resulted in the identification of key patient and health system factors that influence cancer survival. It has been used extensively by health policy makers, clinicians and other researchers to develop policies and practices that aim to reduce inequities in cancer outcomes.

She also has research interests in the inter-relationships between cancer and comorbidity, screening and multimorbidity.

Professor Sarfati is a past member of the National Ethics Advisory Committee, National Screening Advisory Group, the Bowel Cancer Screening Taskforce, the National Bowel Cancer Working Group, the Board of the Cancer Society (Wellington Division), the Cancer Society Medical and Scientific Assessment Committee (Wellington) and the National Cancer Society Health Promotion Committee.


Conference gallery

See the 2019 highlights and discussion captured through #CancerInnovations on Twitter.

 

Conference program

Thursday 26 September 2019

7.30am – 8.30am

Early Morning Speed Mentoring*
Prof David Currow FAHMS, Chief Cancer Officer, NSW and CEO, Cancer Institute NSW
Sue-Anne Redmond, Clinical Excellence Commission
Prof Geoff Delaney, South Western Sydney Local Health District
Dr Karen Luxford, Australian Council on Healthcare Standards
Prof David Roder, University of South Australia
Lisa Woodland, NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service

*This is a closed session

8.30am – 9.00am

Registration
(tea and coffee provided)

Room:

Wentworth Ballroom

9.00am – 11.00am

PLENARY SESSION 1

9.00am – 9.30am

Hosted by Julie McCrossin AM
Smoking ceremony, welcome to country and cultural performance

Muggera Cultural Enterprise
Conference Opens
Susan Pearce, Deputy Secretary Patient Experience and System Performance, NSW Health
Prof David Currow FAHMS, Chief Cancer Officer, NSW and CEO, Cancer Institute NSW

9.30am – 10.00am

Keynote address

Cancer inequalities and what we can do about them
Prof Diana Sarfati, Head of Department, Department of Public Health and Director of the Cancer and Chronic Conditions Research Group, Otago University

10.00am – 10.10am

Questions and answers facilitated by Julie McCrossin AM

10.10am – 11.00am

PANEL DISCUSSION

 

How do we achieve equity of outcomes in cancer control?

Prof Diana Sarfati, Head of Department, Department of Public Health and Director of the Cancer and Chronic Conditions Research Group, Otago University
Prof David Currow FAHMS, Chief Cancer Officer, NSW and CEO, Cancer Institute NSW
Dr Lisa Whop, NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research
Dr Jean-Frederic Levesque, Chief Executive, Agency for Clinical Innovation

11.00am – 11.30am

MORNING TEA

11.30am – 1.00pm

MORNING CONCURRENT SESSIONS

 

Cultural safety
Room: Melbourne
Chair: Susan Anderson, Cancer Institute NSW

11.30am – 11.45am

Cancer and palliative care nurses’ experiences of caring for Chinese migrants with cancer pain
Dr Tim Luckett, University of Technology Sydney

11.45am – 12.00pm

Colorectal cancer diagnosis and treatment: Impact of a patient’s CALD status
Kirsten Duggan, South Western Sydney Local Health District

12.00pm – 12.15pm

Cultural beliefs affecting access to cancer information for Arabic, Chinese and Vietnamese-speaking people
Gayathri Dharmagesan, Cancer Council Australia

12.15pm – 12.30pm

Improving cultural safety in both campuses of the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute
Joseph Bryant, Mid North Coast Local Health District

12.30pm – 12.45pm

Training our oncology health care professionals to communicate more effectively with migrants
Prof Bettina Meiser, University of New South Wales

12.45pm – 1.00pm

Pain management experiences and needs of Chinese migrant cancer patients: A focus group study
Dr Tim Luckett, University of Technology Sydney

 

Tools to support equity and health literacy
Room: Perth
Chair: Ruth Jones, Western NSW Local Health District

11.30am – 11.37am

Same, same but different: Exploring the health literacy of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) versus English-speaking cancer patients
Martha Gerges, Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research, University of NSW

11.39am – 11.46am

What the patients want 2.0 moving forward – improving radiotherapy patient information
Belinda Arnold and Tiffany Sandell, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District

11.48am – 11.55am

Bowel and breast health and screening educational resources – design, delivery and evaluation
Lauren Lee, Cancer Institute NSW

11.57am – 12.04pm

“I learnt to do the test and not ignore it”: Improving bowel screening knowledge of refugees
B-ann S. Echevarria, NSW Refugee Health Service

12.06pm – 12.13pm

Creative competition as a tool for community engagement in a health promotion project
Dr Khoi Do, South Western Sydney Local Health District

12.15pm – 12.22pm

Transforming T.I.P.S cancer principles into accessible content for multicultural audiences
Christine Spooner, Cancer Institute NSW

12.24pm – 12.31pm

Increasing cervical screening awareness amongst refugees through peer-education and a localised media campaign
Nikolina Zonjic, Family Planning NSW

12.33pm – 12.40pm

Understanding cancer literacy levels to improve cancer communications
Shelby Burns, Cancer Institute NSW

12.42pm – 12.49pm

Developing a performance matrix for multidisciplinary teams
Dr Lynleigh Evans, Western Sydney Local Health District

12.51pm – 12.58pm

Wellness for women (cancer support project) by Bankstown Women’s Health Centre and Fairfield Women’s Health Centre
Juliette Kirkwood and Kerrie Newcombe, Bankstown Women’s Health Centre

 

Priority populations
Room: Sydney
Chair: Tara Bowman, Cancer Institute NSW

11.30am – 11.45am

Reaching out remote chemotherapy from Dubbo
Cherie Seeliger, Western NSW Local Health District

11.45am – 12.00pm

Breast density and breast cancer screening in Indigenous women in the Northern Territory
Kriscia A. Tapia, University of Sydney

12.00pm – 12.15pm

Bowel cancer campaign targeting Arabic speaking communities in Victoria
Osman Osman, Cancer Council Victoria

12.15pm – 12.30pm

Influencing national application of the Optimal Care Pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer
Kerri Lucas, Cancer Australia

12.30pm – 12.45pm

Cancer Outcomes improving in Australia, but not for First Nations people: an integrative review
Annie Bygrave, Cancer Council Australia

12.45pm – 1.00pm

Thinking out loud: Conversations, collaborations and informal systems reform to combat insufficient rural infrastructure
Cassandra Griffin, University of Newcastle

1.00pm – 2.00pm

LUNCH

1.30pm – 2.00pm

Poster lighting talks
Room: Canberra
Hosted by: Kylie Ide, Cancer Institute NSW

Presenters:

RT underutilisation in prostate cancer patients on overall survival and local control, NSW
Dr Gabriel Gabriel, University of NSW

Strengthening multidisciplinary team performance in cancer services: Three years’ experience
Elaine Liu and Terence Kwan, Western Sydney Local Health District

Investigating the impact of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in cancer survivors
Dr Eva Battaglini, University of NSW

Are we ready for virtual multidisciplinary team care?
Dr Katja Beitat, Health Care Innovate

Radiotherapy underutilisation and its impact on local control and survival in NSW, Australia
Dr Roya Merie, Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre, Liverpool Hospital

Does socioeconomic disadvantage affect radiotherapy utilisation in rectal cancer?
Dr Jesmin Shafiq, Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research

Measuring quality of lung cancer care
Dr Shalini Vinod, Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre, Liverpool Hospital

1.30pm – 1.55pm

Experiential Session: Matter over mind
Room: Wentworth Room, Level 5
Facilitator: Juliette Kirkwood

This is a 25-minute experiential process designed to engage neuroception as a method for shifting people out of the sympathetic branch of the nervous system (fight/flight) and into the ventral vagal branch of the parasympathetic nervous system (social engagement, rest/digest)

2.00pm – 3.30pm

AFTERNOON CONCURRENT SESSIONS

 

Collaborative frameworks
Room: Melbourne
Chair: Shirlee Nichols, Cancer Institute NSW

2.00pm – 2.15pm

Breastscreen NSW Greater Western Aboriginal engagement project: Phase 2 – re-engagement
Christine Fing, BreastScreen NSW Greater Western

2.15pm – 2.30pm

Cancer Institute NSW multicultural data app
Richard Walton, Dr Jamie Gabriel, Jeffrey Truong and Sheetal Challam, Cancer Institute NSW

2.30pm – 2.45pm

It takes a village: Collaboration can achieve return to life and employment in the community
Alice Fung, AF Occupational Therapy

2.45pm – 3.00pm

Equity in practice – the importance of community engagement
Lou Bacchiella, Metro Assist

3.00pm – 3.15pm

Promoting participation in the National Cervical Screening Program to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
Rosalind Moxham, Cancer Institute NSW

3.15pm – 3.30pm

Using national linked data to report cancer outcomes
Ruth Pirie, Ministry of Health New Zealand

 

Technology to improve equity
Room: Perth
Chair: Matthew Wellings, Cancer Institute NSW

2.00pm – 2.07pm

Is it feasible and acceptable for Arabic patients to report PROs using PROMPT-care eHealth system?
Dr Roya Merie, Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre

2.09pm – 2.16pm

A linked electronic health record facilitates a safer and more efficient rural outreach haematology service
Dr Helen Cashman, St Vincent’s Hospital

2.18pm – 2.25pm

“Re-engage”: An innovative eTech intervention
Jordana McLoone, Sydney Children’s Hospital

2.27pm – 2.34pm

Patient information: Helping people affected by cancer find the information they need
Dr Marie Brand, Cancer Institute NSW

2.36pm – 2.43pm

Delivering cancer genetic counselling via Telehealth – insights from the CONTACT pilot study
Tina Gonzalez, Prince of Wales Hospital

2.45pm – 2.52pm

A novel combination of technologies to optimise liver SABR delivery in a regional setting
Gareth Livingston, Mid North Coast Cancer Institute

2.54pm – 3.01pm

Experiences in the development and implementation of a CATI survey with a multicultural community
Dr Khoi Do, South Western Sydney Local Health District

3.03pm – 3.10pm

Distress screening and supportive care referrals used by telephone-based health services: A systematic review
Jo Taylor, University of Newcastle, School of Medicine and Public Health

3.12pm – 3.19pm

Are podcasts an effective way to provide information about cancer?
Elizabeth Humphries, Cancer Council NSW

 

Priority populations
Room: Sydney
Chair: Megan Varlow, Cancer Council Australia

2.00pm – 2.15pm

The impact of cultural beliefs on Korean-Australian women’s breast cancer screening behaviours
Dr Cannas Kwok, Western Sydney University

2.15pm – 2.30pm

Who, what, where, when and how? Using data to design interventions to promote cervical screening
Christina Gallant, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

2.30pm – 2.45pm

HPV-related cancer awareness among women, trans and gender diverse people – a community survey
Bella Bushby, Positive Life NSW

2.45pm – 3.00pm

#ShishaNoThanks – community co-design project
Dr Dalya Karezi, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

3.00pm – 3.15pm

Implementation of interventions addressing socioeconomic inequalities in cancer: A systematic review
Annie Bygrave, Cancer Council Australia

3.15pm – 3.30pm

Sharing our stories for better cancer outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Marilyn Lyford, Western Australian Centre for Rural Health

3.30pm – 4.00pm

AFTERNOON TEA

4.00pm – 5.00pm

PLENARY SESSION 2
Hosted by Julie McCrossin AM
Room: Wentworth Ballroom

4.00pm – 4.30pm

The impact of social determinants of health on cancer incidence and access to care
Dr Jean-Frédéric Levesque, Chief Executive, Agency for Clinical Innovation

4.30pm – 4.50pm

Questions and answers facilitated by Julie McCrossin AM

4.50pm – 5pm

Presentations, Judging and Closing
Sarah McGill, Director, Cancer Screening and Prevention, Cancer Institute NSW

 

First-time oral presentation at Innovations Conference
Best Poster
People's choice award poster

Closing remarks

5pm - 6pm

NETWORKING FUNCTION (drinks and canapés)

6pm

Conference concludes


Conference Posters

The following posters will be displayed during the conference:

  1. Barriers and facilitators to establishing radiotherapy services in low-and-middle-income countries: A qualitative study
  2. Trials & Tribulations: Working Towards Sustainable Solutions for Investigator Driven Clinical Trials             
  3. Caring for patients’ skin during radiotherapy before immediate autologous breast reconstruction – a team based approach     
  4. Strengthening Multidisciplinary Team Performance in Cancer Services; Three Years’ Experience
  5. Exercise Therapy to improve Quality of Life and Fatigue post Autologous Bone Marrow Transplantation
  6. Investigating the impact of chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy in cancer survivors
  7. Health professionals’ views on barriers and facilitators to uptake of online psychological therapy
  8. The power of collaboration in rural and remote areas
  9. RT underutilization in prostate cancer patients and its effect on overall survival & local control, NSW
  10. Smarter, Safer Vital Signs Monitoring
  11. Unmet need sexual health South Western Sydney Local Health District Cancer services
  12. eChemotherapy Advisory Group (eCAG): Safe , Collaborative & Quality Governance for eChemo in Western Sydney Local Health District
  13. Does socio-economic disadvantage affect radiotherapy utilisation in rectal cancer?
  14. Patient Focus Groups held in languages other than English – our journey so far 
  15. Biobank recruitment in head and neck cancer patients: CALD considerations      
  16. Patterns of care and variation for women with ovarian cancer in NSW
  17. Our Health, Our Cancer Journey
  18. Transforming Healthcare through Outcome Measures for Rectal Cancer               
  19. Are we ready for virtual multidisciplinary team care?      
  20. Translation of Lung Multidisciplinary team meeting (MDM) Recommendations into Clinical Practice
  21. Enriching Health Science Alliance Biobank with clinical data from New South Wales Cancer Registry          
  22. Community Called to Action: Strategies and successes in engaging consumer advocates in cancer research programs
  23. Radiotherapy underutilisation and its impact on local control and survival in NSW
  24. Measuring Quality of Lung Cancer Care
  25. Equity with Hybrid Systems by focusing on HIGH safety and quality to BRIDGE training gaps
  26. External Peer Review of the Western NSW Lung Cancer Service – unique Australian experience
  27. Accelerated deployment of scalable secure messaging between South Western Sydney Local Health District Cancer Services/Haematology and GPs/Specialists
  28. The cost of radiotherapy for 5-year local control and overall survival benefit