Scientific Symposium 2020

Shaping Optimal Care Pathways around Australia


Friday 29th May 2020, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre,  Melbourne

Save the date for Australia’s premier cancer in primary care trials group. The symposium is a multidisciplinary meeting that not only showcases PC4 supported research but also the best primary care and cancer research from around Australia. We’ll be holding the Symposium at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

The symposium will cover the cancer continuum, including prevention and early diagnosis; shared care and survivorship; and palliative care. The theme this year is Shaping Optimal Care Pathways around Australia.

The Symposium will highlight new initiatives and research across cancer prevention, early detection, survivorship and palliative care. This symposium is relevant to people involved in, but not limited to:

  • Allied health
  • Community nursing
  • Community health organisations
  • Consumers
  • Exercise physiology
  • Health care administration
  • Primary care and general practice
  • Occupational therapy
  • Psycho-oncology
  • Public health

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“The Symposium “hit the mark” on 2 levels: Showcasing quality research approaches and results, along with frank discussion of challenges and unanswered questions during the Symposium sessions. Friendly, inclusive atmosphere that encouraged sharing of observations, ideas, discussion and networking during the breaks.”

Testimonial from Symposium survey 2019


 PC4 Symposium Program
9:50a.m.WELCOME: Prof Jon Emery, Director, PC4
Shaping OCPs around Australia
OCPs from the primary care perspective, Prof Jon Emery, Director PC4
The Victorian perspective, Roxanne Adams, North West Melbourne PHN
The Western Australian perspective, Violet Platt, WA Cancer & Palliative Network
The Northern territory Perspective, Anne Weir, Department of Health, NT
Panel discussion
11:15a.m.MORNING TEA
SESSION 1: Spotlight on lung cancer
11:15a.m.Evidence-practice gaps in lung cancer, Dr Nicole Rankin, University of Sydney
11:30a.m.Current lung cancer screening amongst GPs, A/Prof Fraser Brims, Curtin University
11:45a.m.Time to diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer, Dr Ash Malasekera, Concord Cancer Centre
12:00p.m.Delays in lung cancer management pathways between rural and urban patients, Prof Sabe Sabesan, James Cook University
SESSION 2: Rapid Fire Presentations
Aboriginal Optimal Care Pathways, Susan Anderson, Cancer Institute NSW
SESSION 5: PANEL DISCUSSION- How can primary care contribute to the implementation of lung cancer screening in Australia?
A/Prof Gavin Wright, VCCC Lung Cancer R&E Lead
Prof Jon Emery, Director PC4
A/Prof Fraser Brims, Curtin University
Prof Dorothy Keefe, CEO Cancer Australia
4:30p.m.Award announcements - Lyndal Trevena and Geoff Mitchell Rising Star Awards