Conference Summary

PC4 held its sixth Scientific Symposium in Melbourne at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) on 4th April. The Symposium highlighted PC4’s objectives of nurturing research collaboration and developing new primary care research. The Symposium also celebrated the 10th anniversary of PC4. It was an informative day, driving discussions around current research, highlighting initiatives designed to reduce health disparities, pathways and new methodologies. The Symposium provided the prospect of engaging with professionals, and consumers to share ideas on increasing studies that focus on the role of primary care in cancer.

The day opened with plenary speaker Professor Ross Lawrenson, Professor of Population Health, The University of Waikato, New Zealand discussing how New Zealand General Practice can help reduce the inequities in cancer diagnosis and outcomes. In the afternoon plenary Dr Anna Boltong, Associate Director, VCCC talked about the VCCC and primary care research looking forward.

Another highlight of the Symposium was the panel discussion on artificial intelligence within the context of cancer in primary care diagnosis. Facilitated by Michael Jefford, the panel included Jon Emery, Nik Zeps, Martin Haskett and Alison Button- Sloan.

CanTest Clinical Research Fellow and GP Dr Sam Merriel won the best presentation on his project ‘Integrating multiparametric MRI into prostate cancer diagnostic pathways – A diagnostic pathways mapping study.

We look forward to seeing you all again in 2020.