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The Partnership

The Queensland Cancer Control Safety and Quality Partnership (The Partnership) was established in 2004 with a single goal; clinician-led service improvement. The Partnership aims to achieve this by providing the cancer community with the systems and tools to routinely review share and compare data on cancer treatment and outcomes. Involving cancer clinicians in deciding how to achieve the best possible cancer outcomes is our priority. The Partnership is a gazetted quality assurance committee under Part 6, Division 1 of the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011. This legislation allows The Partnership to access identifiable information and use it to better understand the safety and quality of the cancer care services delivered across Queensland. Compiling the data has been an important part of our work since 2004. The Partnership is supported by the Queensland Cancer Control Analysis Team (QCCAT).

Related Resources
The Queensland Cancer Quality Index
Impacts and Achievements 2005-2011
Other Qld Quality Assurance Committees

Legislative Authority

The members of the Partnership are appointed via an expression of interest and will be appointed for a 3 year term.

Current Members (July 2011 - 2014)

Professor David Theile AO
Associate Professor Euan Walpole (read more)
Euan Dr Euan Walpole received his M.B.B.S with Honours from the University of Queensland's Faculty of Medicine in 1980 and spent the first four years of his career at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Woolloongabba, Brisbane.

During 1985/86, Dr Walpole spent time as a registrar in Haematology and Medical Oncology at the Peter McCallum Cancer Institute in Melbourne before returning to the Princess Alexandra Hospital where in 1988 he became a Locum Medical Oncologist. During the following years he was a visiting Fellow in Oncology at the Montefiore Medical Centre/Albert Einstein Cancer Center, New York.

Dr Walpole currently holds the position of Medical Director - Cancer Services for the Princess Alexandra Hospital and Southern Area Health Service. He is also Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Queensland, has an Honorary Associate of the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney and is a Visiting Medical Officer at Mt Olivet Hospital, Mater Private Hospital and Brisbane Private Hospital. (reference HOCA)
Professor Joanne Aitken (read more)
Current appointments
  • 2010 Professor, Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University
  • 2006 Director, Cancer Registries and Scientific Consultant, Epidemiology, Cancer Council Queensland, Brisbane
  • 2002 Director, Queensland Cancer Registry
  • 2002 Associate Professor, School of Population Health, University of Queensland
  • 2002 Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Public Health, QUT
  • PHD (Epidemiology), University of QLD, 1991
  • Science Masters (SM Epidemiology), Harvard School of Public Health, 1991
  • BSc Hons, Griffith University, 1979
Experience relevant to membership of the Partnership
  • Over 20 years as a cancer epidemiologist with experience in population-based research and management in cancer control in Queensland.
  • Director of the Queensland Cancer Registry since 2002 and the Australian Paediatric Cancer Registry since 2006.
  • 72 peer-reviewed research publications related to cancer (last 5 years), 125 peer-reviewed publications in total.
  • Service on cancer-related scientific and administrative advisory groups.
Dr Liz Kenny (read more)
Current appointment
  • Senior Radiation Oncologist, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Herston
  • Regional Director of Cancer Services Central, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Herston
  • MBBS, University of QLD, 1980
  • FRANZCR, 1987
  • FACR (Hon), 2008
Experience relevant to membership of the Partnership
  • Currently the Regional Director of Cancer Services based at the RBWH as a Senior Radiation Oncologist and manages a large and busy clinical practice
  • Participates in a number of multidisciplinary clinics and has a very keen interest in quality delivery of care
  • Current involvement in national and international clinical research trials on behalf of cancer care services, RBWH
Professor Mark Smithers (read more)
Current appointments
  • 1996 - Present: Senior Visiting Medical Officer - General Surgeon, Director, Upper GI and Soft Tissue Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital
  • 2002 - Present: Director Queensland Melanoma Project, Princess Alexandra Hospital
  • 1995 - Present: Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Queensland (Part Time) Level D, Academic (Point 0404)
  • 2010 - Present: Deputy Head, Discipline of Surgery, The University of Queensland
  • 2009 - Present: Honorary Associate, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney
  • 2010 - Present: President, Australian and New Zealand Gastro-Oesophageal Surgeons Association (ANZGOSA)
  • 2011 - Present: Honorary Associate, Mater Medical Research Institute.
  • M.B.B.S. University of Queensland, 1977
  • F.R.A.C.S. Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 1985
  • F.R.C.S. (Eng), Royal College of Surgeons of England, 1986
  • F.R.C.S. (Ed), Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 2012
Experience relevant to membership of the Partnership
  • Over 25 years surgical experience in treating Upper GI malignancies
  • Currently Local Principal Investigator in three RCT's and Co-investigator in 2 RCT's researching Upper GI malignancies
  • 109 peer-reviewed publications and five book chapters related to cancer or Upper GI surgery
  • In last 5 years 26 peer-reviewed publications
  • Member of State Surgery Advisory Committee since 2008
  • Chair, Oesophago-gastric cancer collaborative since 2009
  • Queensland Cancer Control Safety and Quality Partnership
  • Member, Scientific advisory committee, Australasian Gastrointestinal Trials Group since 1995
Professor Kwun Fong
Associate Professor David Wyld
Aniko Cooper
Dr Marie-Frances Burke
Shoni Philpot

Previous Members

Dr Roger Allison (read more)
Current appointment
  • Executive Director of Cancer Care Services, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Herston
Experience relevant to membership of the Partnership
  • Extensive experience of medical and radiation of oncology.
  • Provided oncology services to all areas of Queensland and currently supplying services to RBWH, Royal Children's Hospital, Redcliffe Hospital and Longreach Hospital.
  • Knowledge of resources required to plan, run and expand cancer services.
  • Chairperson of the Cancer Care RBWH Safety and Quality Committee and served on numerous cancer-related and administrative advisory groups.
Dr Andrew Johnson (read more)
Current appointment
  • Executive Director of Medical Services, Townsville Health Service District
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of NSW, 1989
  • Masters of Health Administration, University of NSW, 1995
Experience relevant to membership of the Partnership
  • Significant commitment and interest to delivery of cancer care in North Queensland.
  • Leadership of the strategic direction of patient care and medical matters and co-ordinates all cross divisional medical matters
  • Management of professional issues and legislative requirements for medical services provided by the District and oversees the credentialing and privileging of specialist medical staff.
  • Leadership in research and education processes within an organisation.
  • Chair of 4 Human Research Ethics committees over the last 15 years.
Lexie Sphere
Last updated: May 23, 2016
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