The prostate summit provided an opportunity for clinicians from various disciplines to prioritise state-wide actions, that could reduce variations in practice and improve cancer outcomes for men with prostate cancer in Victoria. This was the fourth in a series of tumour specific summits designed to engage clinicians and shape the state cancer reform agenda.
On 27 May, 71 delegates participated in the summit including clinicians and representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Cancer Council Victoria (CCV), Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA), Movember Foundation, Victorian Primary Health Care Network (VPHN), and Victorian Integrated Cancer Services (VICS).
Professor Robert Thomas, DHHS’ Chief Advisor on Cancer, opened the event and introduced the Prostate Cancer Optimal Care Pathway (OCP). Prof Thomas highlighted the role of collaboration in addressing variations in cancer care for men with prostate cancer. Prof Damian Bolton, Co-Chair of the Prostate Summit Working Party, set the scene and outlined the purpose of the day. He encouraged clinicians to use this opportunity to identify a few practical and achievable priority actions that could have a positive impact on patient outcomes.
Read the Prostate Summit 2016 Report