Conference Summary

PC4 held its fourth Scientific Symposium in Melbourne at the Rendezvous hotel on 10th May. The theme was “Establishing Partnerships, Creating Opportunities”, which highlighted PC4’s main goals of fostering research collaboration and developing new primary care research. It was a successful and insightful day, driving conversations around current research, established pathways and new approaches.

The day opened with plenary speaker Professor Eva Grunfeld, Director of the Knowledge Translation Research Network at the University of Toronto, Canada. Prof Grunfeld spoke about the CanIMPACT trial, a Canadian program to improve integration between primary care and cancer care.  The project covered the entire continuum of the cancer journey and has a mixed methods approach to improve integration.

Four themes were presented during the Symposium: prevention and diagnosis, survivorship, palliative care and challenges of designing successful survivorship trials. As the input and vision of consumers is central to PC4’s values, each session started with a consumer perspective relating to the theme. The Symposium was a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of the success and multidisciplinary collaborations we have had over the past several years. One highlight of the day included the final panel to discuss with experts from Epworth Healthcare, University of Toronto, Cancer Australia, Quality of Life, PC4 Scientific Committee and a consumer representative.

The best presentation was won by Katherine Lane from Cancer Council on the project ‘Calls to a cancer helpline around palliative care, death and dying: what are they about and what role do GPs play in these discussions’. The best poster was awarded to Jessica Minshall for ‘BRISK-Q: Communicating the benefits and harms of using tamoxifen or raloxifene to reduce the risk of breast cancer.’

You can see an online version of the posters presented at the Symposium here.

For a more in-depth look at the presentations and abstracts from the day, please click here to view our the Symposium handbook.

We look forward to having you join us at our next Symposium!