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Please find some updates relating to Cancer Council Victoria's annual review, upcoming events and a set of new clinical trial resources.

Update on Clinical Trials

Upcoming Clinical Trials Round Table

The Clinical Network team at Cancer Council Victoria, in conjunction with the Victorian Cancer Agency, will host a roundtable discussion focusing on clinical trial capacity in Australia. The group will meet in May and bring together key state and national stakeholder invitees.

The objective of this roundtable is to explore the current opportunities and challenges influencing clinical trial capacity and recruitment in Australia, with respect to the collection of clinical trials data metrics and how these metrics can improve patient access to clinical trials.

The roundtable discussion will be hosted by Jane Fenton (AM LLB (Hons) FPRIA, FAICD), immediate past Deputy Chair of Cancer Council Australia, previous Chair of VicHealth and past director of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Communications on the outcomes of this event will follow as well as further opportunities to contribute.

Promotion and Awareness of Cancer Clinical Trials - patient stories

The Clinical Network team have launched a series of short videos focusing on the patient experience during a clinical trial. These were funded by the Ian Potter Foundation and created as a way to increase awareness and understanding of cancer clinical trials.

The suite of videos aims to normalise clinical trial participation and supports patients in their decision to pursue treatment on clinical trials. The videos will be housed on the VCTL website.

Your help in disseminating the link to these videos through your clinician and patient networks would be much appreciated. Please let us know if you have ideas for broader promotion that we can follow up or support you with.

Effective Clinical Communication in Oncology Settings

The Clinical Consultation Skills Retreat is an annual venture between Cancer Council Victoria and Deakin University, held at the RACV Torquay Resort, 5-8 August 2018. Run over three days, this immersive experiential learning event focuses on enhancing core skills and mentoring capabilities in communication for clinical scenarios, including delivering bad news and discussing end-of-life care.

Experiential learning will be tailored to individual learners allowing advanced participants to continue and consolidate skills development. For further information, please visit cancervic.org.au/retreat-2018

Supportive Care in Cancer Refresh Community of Practice

The next Supportive Care in Cancer Refresh Community of Practice is coming up May 2.

Led by the University of Melbourne and the Department of Health and Human services, this Community of Practice we will provide a brief update on the progress of the supportive care in cancer refresh project. Rapid fire presentations will focus on different perspectives and approaches to promoting awareness of and enriching the value and importance of supportive care across the sector, including:

  • A consumer perspective on listening (Meg Rynderman, Consumer Advocate).
  • START: Structured Triage and Referral by Telephone) an emotional screening tool for screening via the Cancer Council Information and Support Line (Katherine Lane, Cancer Council Victoria).
  • A screening tool refresh Kaye Matthews (Loddon Mallee Integrated Cancer Service).
  • A wellness approach to supportive care (Bernadette Zappa, Wellness Coordinator Eastern Health Cancer Services).
  • Listening to the voices of women living with cancer: implications for supportive care (Lynette Joubert, Social Work Academic).  

Please register for the event via this link to confirm your attendance.

The Supportive Care in Cancer Refresh Community of Practice will be held on May 2nd 2018 from 1pm to 4pm at Department of Health and Human Services, Conference Room 1.10, 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.

Chemotherapy Quality and Safety Forum - Friday 8 June 2018

The Department of Health & Human Services are holding a chemotherapy quality and safety forum in partnership with Safer Care Victoria on Friday 8 June 2018 at RACV City Club in Melbourne.

The event will bring together health professionals and management involved in cancer and chemotherapy services from metropolitan and regional Victoria. The focus of the forum will be on strengthening clinical governance around chemotherapy administration.

Forum presenters include:

  • Dr Christine Carrington, Chair of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) working group that wrote the Guidelines for the safe prescribing, dispensing and administration of cancer chemotherapy. Dr Carrington currently works as Assistant Director of Pharmacy-Cancer Services, Princess Alexandra Hospital.
  • Professor Robert Thomas, Chair of the committee that oversaw St Vincent's Hospital Sydney's response to the government inquiry into off-protocol prescribing of chemotherapy. Prof Thomas is also Chair of Cancer Australia's Advisory Council.

The forum follows findings of a state-wide audit of chemotherapy day unit services in June 2017. The audit investigated quality and safety measures that relate to nursing competency in the delivery of chemotherapy in Victorian health services, collecting information about policies and strategies that support the safe administration of chemotherapy drugs by the nursing workforce.

A letter from Professor Euan Wallace, Chief Executive, Safer Care Victoria and Margaret Grigg, Executive Director, Health Services Policy and Commissioning has been sent to the CEO of every health service with an event invitation to be shared directly with their health service director of nursing and cancer services as appropriate.

Note that a limited number of grants of up to $500 per attendee will be available to regional chemotherapy service providers to support their attendance at the event.

If you have any questions about this initiative please contact Lachlan Crowe at lachlan.crowe@dhhs.vic.gov.au or 03 9096 2136, or Georgina Akers on georgina.akers@dhhs.vic.gov.au or 03 9096 2133.

For more details on any of the initiatives in this email please contact:

Cancer Council Victoria's Clinical Network
Celebrating 40 years of connecting Victorian cancer clinicians

Address: 615 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Vic 3004 Australia

Phone: +61 3 9514 6304 | Web: www.cancervic.org.au

Email: clinicalnetwork@cancervic.org.au

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