Cancer Alliance Queensland

Cancer Alliance Queensland

Cancer Alliance Queensland brings together the Cancer Control Safety and Quality Partnership (The Partnership), Queensland Cancer Control Analysis Team (QCCAT) and the Queensland Cancer Register (QCR).

Together with the support of the Department of Health, Metro South Hospital and Health Service and in partnership with clinicians, health facilities (public and private) and external organisations, we support and promote clinician led improvement of cancer services in Queensland.

Our strategic plan is founded on our mission, vision, values and culture. To fulfil our mission and make progress toward our long term vision, we must focus on the activities and initiatives that will have the greatest impact on our culture and success.  Six success factors have been identified as key to achieving our vision.  These interrelated success factors provide the basis for our planned strategic initiatives.

 

The Partnership

The Partnership was established in 2004 with a single goal; clinician led service improvement. Our priority is to provide clinicians with clear process and outcome evaluations of cancer care so they can improve services.  The Partnership is a gazetted quality assurance committee under section 82 of the Hospital and Health Boards Act (2011)(Gazetted 10 December 2004).  This legislation allows The Partnership to access identifiable information and use it to better understand the safety and effectiveness of the cancer care delivered across Queensland.

Current Partnership Members

Professor David E Theile AO Chair The Partnership
Professor Joanne Aitken Head of Research Cancer Council Queensland
Dr Marie-Frances Burke Medical Director, Genesis CancerCare Genesis CancerCare Queensland
Aniko Cooper Director, Townsville Cancer Centre Townsville Hospital and Health Service
Professor Kwun Fong Thoracic Physician, The Prince Charles Hospital Metro North Hospital and Health Service
Adjunct Professor Liz Kenny AO Senior Radiation Oncologist, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Metro North Hospital and Health Service
Shoni Philpot Senior Director, Queensland Cancer Control Analysis Team Metro South Hospital and Health Service
Professor Mark Smithers Director, Upper GI & Soft Tissue Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital Metro South Hospital and Health Service
Associate Professor Euan Walpole Medical Director, Cancer Services, Princess Alexandra Hospital Metro South Hospital and Health Service
Associate Professor David Wyld Director, Medical Oncology, Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital Metro North Hospital and Health Service

The Partnership Sub-committees

The Cancer Alliance Queensland recognises that our clinicians are our strength. They understand the grassroots of health care delivery and assist us in making our analysis services clinically focused and useful in changing practices.

These Sub-committees are established under the auspices of The Partnership and membership includes representation from public and private sectors and urban, regional and remote areas of Queensland. The Sub-committee working groups are most commonly formed around clinical or cancer streams for example Breast cancer Sub-committee or Radiotherapy Sub-committee.

All Sub-committee members are formally invited by the Chair of the Partnership and are identified as relevant persons of the Partnership under sections 81 to 92 (Quality Assurance) of the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011. Relevant persons are required to sign a privacy and confidentiality statement and declare any conflict of interest.

There are currently 10 Sub-committees with more to come on board. If you are interested in joining a Sub-committee to meet with other clinicians and have a robust debate about how to improve outcomes then contact us.

Current Sub-committee working groups

Colin Furnival Chair, Breast Sub-committee Chair
Ben Green Surgeon Member
Tony Green Surgeon Member
Michelle Morris Medical Oncologist Member
Margot Lehman Radiation Oncologist Member
Marion Strong Breast Care Nurse Member
Sunil Lakhani Executive Director, Research Member
Morgan Windsor Cardiothoracic Surgeon Clinical Lead
Christopher Cole Cardiothoracic Surgeon Member
Geoff Coughlin Chair, Urologist Chair
Nigel Dunglison VMO Urology Member
Simon Wood Director, Urology Department, PAH Member
Kiran Hazratwala Urologist Member
Roger Watson Urologist Member
David Theile Chair, Colorectal Sub-committee Chair
Pieter Prinsloo Staff Surgeon Member
John Hansen General & Colorectal Surgeon Member
David Clark General Surgeon Member
David Taylor Colorectal Surgeon Member
Nick Lutton Colorectal Surgeon Member
Mark Doudle Surgeon Member
Mark Smithers Director Upper GI, Soft Tissue Unit, PAH Chair
Ratna Aseervatham Director of Surgery Member
John Avramovic Surgeon Member
Andrew Barbour Surgeon Member
Donald Cameron Surgeon Member
Ben Dodd Surgeon Member
Rob Finch Surgeon Member
Victor Liew Surgeon Member
Priscilla Martin Surgeon Member
Les Nathanson Surgeon Member
David Parker Surgeon Member
Leith Rutherford Surgeon Member
Iain Thomson Surgeon Member
Jonathan Fawcett Co-Chair PAH Chair
Nicholas O'Rourke Co-Chair RBWH Chair
Andrew Barbour Surgeon Member
Peter Hodgkinson Surgeon Member
David Cavallucci Surgeon Member
Richard Bryant Surgeon Member
Donald Cameron Surgeon Member
John Avramovic Laparoscopic and Upper GI Surgeon Member
Les Nathanson Surgeon Member
Mark Smithers Upper GI Surgeon Member
Euan Walpole Medical Director, Cancer Services PAH Member
Tom O'Rourke Surgeon Member
Stephen Lynch Mater General Surgery HPB Member
Ratna Aseervatham Director of Surgery Member
Priscilla Martin Surgeon Member
Katherine Wilson Staff specialist Member
Robert Finch Surgeon Member
Leigh Rutherford Surgeon Member
Bryan Burmeister Chair, Radiation Oncology Sub-committee Chair
Roger Allison Radiation Oncologist Member
Marie-Frances Burke Radiation Oncologist Member
Benjamin Chua Radiation Oncologist Member
Scott Cooper Senior Radiation Therapist Member
Jim Frantzis CEO of Cancer Care (Australia) Member
Cathy Hargrave Principal Research Fellow, Radiation Member
David Pryor Radiation Oncologist Member
Lisa Roberts Director, Cancer Blood & Palliative Service Member
John Shakeshaft Director, Therapeutic Physics Member
Euan Walpole Medical Director, Cancer Services PAH Chair
John Bashford Medical Oncologist Member
Christine Carrington Pharmacist Member
Melissa Eastgate Medical Oncologist Member
Michelle Morris Medical Oncologist Member
Leanne Stone Director of Nursing Member
Nicholas Weber Medical Oncologist Member
Jeremy Wellwood Haematologist Member
David Wyld Director, Medical Oncology, RBWH Member
Rick Walker Chair, Senior Medical Officer: Oncology Chair
Kirk Morris Staff specialist: Haematology Member
Melissa Jessop Senior Medical Officer: Oncology Member
Po-Ling Inglis Medical Oncologist Member
Suzanne Allan Medical Officer: Medical Oncology Member
Mark Smithers Director Upper GI, Soft Tissue Unit, PAH Chair
Adele Green Deputy Director, QIMR Member
Catherine Forristal Project Officer, TRI (Mater) Member Member
David Theile The Partnership Member

QCCAT

Since its inception in 2004, QCCAT has led cutting-edge studies that evaluate cancer care delivery and outcomes. QCCAT have access to a vast and secure array of Queensland Public and Private health related data, including population-based cancer diagnosis, pathology and staging, treatment and death information and clinical and administrative data systems. QCCAT goes to great lengths to protect privacy and it is recognised as a national leader in data harvesting whilst maintaining the privacy and security of cancer information.

As well as our extensive database capabilities, QCCAT has also developed sophisticated tools to assist front line clinicians in the management of cancer patients. Information captured from these tools feed into our highly developed databases to further improve the analysis and reporting of cancers and cancer outcomes in Queensland.

Our team has statistical training, epidemiological backgrounds, software development, project management, health services research and clinician engagement expertise. The variety of skill sets ensure a multidisciplinary approach to collecting, analysing and reporting on cancer and cancer care. This approach is vital to shaping Queensland’s future cancer care.

QCR

The Queensland Cancer Register (QCR) operates under the Public Health Act (PHA) 2005 to receive information on cancer in Queensland. The QCR maintains a register of all cases of cancer diagnosed in Queensland since 1982 (excluding basal and squamous cell carcinomas). The QCR is one of the largest population based cancer registries in Australia and is a unique data resource bringing the most comprehensive set of cancer data elements together to provide an accurate picture of cancer in Queensland. 

The Cancer Alliance Queensland on behalf of Metro South Hospital and Health Service manages the operation of the Register for the Queensland Department of Health.

To learn more about the QCR go to the Queensland Cancer Register page.