On 13th September 2018, Cancer Institute NSW hosted the 7th annual Cancer Innovations conference. The theme this year focused around the ‘right care, right place, right time,’ and saw over 500 clinicians, healthcare professionals, researchers and people affected by cancer in NSW come together to support innovation and collaboration across the cancer health system.
TCRC Managers at Cancer Innovations Conference 2018
Keynote speaker Dr Craig Earle, from Sunnybrook’s Odette Cancer Centre in Toronto, kicked off the conference by leading a discussion on ‘how we can introduce innovative treatments into our publicly-funded healthcare systems.’ Dr Earle’s personal research interests focus on using administrative data to evaluate the accessibility, quality, costs and outcomes of care delivered to cancer patients and survivors.
A continuous theme throughout the conference was the importance of sharing quality data to improve and help shape our cancer system. Prof David Currow, the Chief Cancer Officer of NSW and Chief Executive Officer of the Cancer Institute NSW, stressed that “using existing data and linking it together will make a difference to the lives of people in NSW.”
Smoking Ceremony at Cancer Innovations Conference 2018
The conference boasted a variety of educational breakout sessions from a range of speakers who each presented and shared inspiring ideas in treating cancer.
The day concluded with Prof Stephen Clarke, NSLHD, & Mel Cummins, Far West LHD, discussing how Reporting Better Cancer Outcomes data has focused interventions to improve care for people.
We’re already looking forward to next years’ conference and seeing more new innovations in cancer treatment, care, screening and support in practice for the people of NSW.