?Date: Tuesday 19th July 2016
Location: Building 32 Room G01
Title: Improving Cancer Outcomes
Presenter: Professor David Currow
Professor David Currow is the Chief Cancer Officer, NSW and Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Institute NSW, the NSW Government's cancer control agency.
He was appointed to the position in March 2010. Before that he was the foundation Chief Executive Officer of Cancer Australia, the Commonwealth's cancer control agency.
He leads a team of 200 people whose expertise and remit include prevention (tobacco control, ultraviolet light protection), screening (BreastScreen, Cervical Screening and Bowel Screening), service performance and development (including the population based cancer registry, Australia's only population-based clinical cancer registry), eviQ - the world's major evidence-based protocol website in oncology, and Canrefer, linking general practitioners and consumers with multidisciplinary teams in two clicks of a button), and strategic research and investment. The role of the Cancer Institute NSW is to decrease the incidence of cancer, increase the survival for people who are diagnosed with cancer and improve the quality of care for people with cancer.
Improving cancer outcomes over the last 70 years has been a series of incremental changes rather than sudden revolutions. This is even the case in an era of biological and targeted therapies that contribute to improvements and outcomes as part of an overall pattern of improvement.
In prevention, smoking rates continue to fall due to a multi-faceted approach to tobacco control in Australia. Skin cancer continues to be a major problem with ultra violet radiation still not at the forefront of many people's minds.
In screening, the three national screening programs (breast, cervix, bowel) are all contributing to decreases in mortality across the country. In service delivery, even with new modalities of delivering radiotherapy and a burgeoning number of new systemic therapies for cancer, there is overall improvement in cancer outcomes. Additionally, there are many things within the health system that can optimise cancer outcomes. Wide variation continues to occur around the world in the way cancers are diagnosed and treated. This opens up key opportunities to improve systematically the care that is given and the outcomes that are achieved. New South Wales is demonstrating the differences that such a system-wide approach is delivering in key cancers.
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