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July 2019 Newsletter
In this edition:

The Lung 2019 Summit
Professor David Ball & A/Professor Gavin Wright

Lung Foundation Australia produces two reports
Kelcie Herrmann

LMICS presents at the Colorectal Advisory Group
Dr Neetu Tejani

Clinical leadership in cancer policymaking
Dr Rebecca Bergin

The WeCan patient website launches
Professor Meinir Krishnasamy

Upcoming events
Lung Cancer 2019 Summit Update
Prof David Ball and A/Prof Gavin Wright
The second lung cancer summit was held on February 22 at the RACV Club. It was extremely successful, with the highest attendance of any summit thus far. In addition to the various clinical specialties involved in the care of lung cancer patients, there was good representation from general practice, allied health practitioners, statisticians and importantly, consumers. Attendees rated the day an average of 9/10.
The scene was set by Gavin Wright, who presented local data derived from the DHHS linked datasets, the Victorian Cancer Registry, the Centre for Victorian Data Linkage and the Victorian Lung Cancer Registry. These constitute surprisingly rich sources of statewide population-based information such as...SEE MORE
Kelcie Herrmann

‘If you have lungs, you can get lung cancer’
Lung Foundation Australia has produced two reports, Making Lung Cancer a Fair Fight: A Blueprint for Reform and the National Strategic Action Plan for Lung Conditions. Together, these two documents form the core of Lung Foundation Australia’s lung health strategy and set the scene for our advocacy and policy agenda into the future. 
The Blueprint focuses specifically on lung cancer and details the current state of play in disease burden and management in Australia. It prioritises recommendations and tangible areas of action across three areas: quality of diagnostics and care, stigma, and addressing the need for psychosocial support....SEE MORE
Colorectal Cancer 2018 Summit Update
Dr Neetu Tejani
The Victorian Colorectal Cancer Advisory Group was formed after the Colorectal 2018 Summit held in March last year, to ensure that findings and conclusions of this repeat summit were acted upon. Members of the group present progress of local investigations into summit-identified variations at meetings, in order that learnings are shared and opportunities for further collaboration found...SEE MORE
Clinical leadership in cancer policymaking
Dr Rebecca Bergin
In June 2015, I had a PhD progress meeting with my supervisors and committee members. We were discussing one of the major aims of my thesis: to inform policy change to reduce rural–urban disparities in cancer outcomes in Victoria. We decided that, in order to inform new policies, we needed to identify the important levers and challenges to policymaking in cancer care. I was interested in the role of evidence in cancer policymaking, particularly for large-scale health service change in high-income countries with similar health systems to Australia...SEE MORE
WeCan Patient Website Prof Meinir Krishnasamy
On 6 May 2019, the new and refreshed supportive care resources were launched to increase clinician and consumer awareness of the importance of supportive care, drive activity through consumer advocacy and contemporary clinician education and training, and maximise the impact of supportive care for all Victorians affected by cancer as a consequence of enhanced awareness and activity.

The website was developed in response to participants’ feedback that identified a need for a comprehensive resource to allow easy access to evidence-based supportive care information, resources and services. The site includes information about cancer diagnoses, optimal care pathways, community services, exercise, and much more...SEE MORE
10am–12pm Friday 26 July @Eye and Ear on the Park, Level 3 Auditorium, 2 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne
Western and Central Melbourne Integrated Cancer Services (WCMICS) is hosting an educational event, 'Quality of Life - An event for people affected by head and neck cancer', to support World Head and Neck Day. It is the first in a series developed and organised by WCMICS and its partner hospitals. This interactive occasion is an opportunity for patients to increase their awareness and understanding of:
  • a head and neck cancer diagnosis
  • treatment decision support
  • the role of allied health in their journey
  • the significance of support groups.
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Victorian Tumour Summits are an initiative of the Victorian Integrated Cancer Services delivered in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services - Cancer Strategy Development (DHHS - CSD) and Cancer Council Victoria - Clinical Network (CCV - CN).
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