COSA's 45th Annual Scientific Meeting, 13 - 15 November 2018 Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

Pre-Conference Workshops

COSA will be hosting a series of pre-conference workshops on Monday 12 November 2018.
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Health Technology Assessment in Oncology: Challenges and Opportunities

Date: Monday 12 November 2018
Time: 8.30am - 5.30pm (TBC)

This workshop will give an overview with respect to the role of health technology assessment and economic evaluation for cancer treatments in a contemporary Australian context. Challenges faced by stakeholders such as consumers, clinicians, decision makers, academics and industry will be discussed as well as opportunities to improve current processes and evidence base using real-world evidence. The workshop will be of interest to clinicians, policy makers, epidemiologists, health economists, analysts and researchers. 

Speakers: Anne Cust, the University of Sydney; Richard Norman, Curtin University; Sally Wortley, the University of Sydney; Richard de Abreu Lorenco, University of Technology Sydney; Rachael Moorin, Curtin University; Greg Cook, BMS Australia; Brian Wall, consumer representative

Chairperson: Professor Paul A Scuffham, Deputy Director - Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Director - Centre for Applied Health Economics Griffith University

For delegates attending the conference you can select to attend a workshop as an add-on during the registration process or by logging back on to your registration profile as a returning delegate. It is $50 to attend the workshops if you are a COSA delegate. Click here to register or log back in to your profile. Not going to the conference but wanting to attend this workshop? It is $150 to attend the workshop only. Click here to arrange.

This workshop is proudly supported by Consumers Included

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Difficult decisions and the challenging patient in cancer care – strategies for the cancer clinician

Date: Monday 12 November 2018
Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm (TBC)

A small but significant group of patients can be challenging to engage in cancer care, sometimes due to co-morbid cognitive or mental health vulnerabilities, but often in the context of differing health belief systems. These scenarios can cause significant stress for the clinicians and services involved, particularly given the overlap with medico-legal issues.

This workshop will explore difficult issues in decision-making in the cancer setting for patients, families, staff and services including; the impact of early life trauma, co-morbid personality vulnerability, substance-dependence, challenging family dynamics and alternative health belief models. The neurobiology of decision-making will be discussed along with strategies for improving collaborative communication to improve outcomes for all.

Speakers: Dr. Lisa Miller, Dr Jane Turner, Dr Justin Dwyer, Dr Fran Orr, Dr Cathy Mason (TBA), Paula Watt (TBA) - Clinical Psychologist Private Practice, The Women's Centre (previously Breast Cancer Psychology Service

Chairperson: Dr Lisa Miller, Cancer Liaison Psychiatrist and Lead Clinician Psycho-oncology Collaborative WA Cancer and Palliative care Network

For delegates attending the conference you can select to attend a workshop as an add-on during the registration process or by logging back on to your registration profile as a returning delegate. It is $50 to attend the workshops if you are a COSA delegate. Click here to register or log back in to your profile. Not going to the conference but wanting to attend this workshop? It is $150 to attend the workshop only. Click here to arrange.

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The Changing Landscape of Clinical Trials

Date: Monday 12 November 2018
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (TBC)

The way clinical trials are managed is constantly changing due to technological advancements (for example eCRFs, patient administration systems and online ethics and governance systems including the National Mutual Acceptance Scheme) and legal requirements (contracts, indemnities). This workshop will cover these dynamic elements, and also present case studies to have an insight into the patient journey from diagnosis to cancer treatment. This workshop will provide an exciting update on the use of exercise as medicine in the management of cancer patients. Furthermore, we will provide an update on the conduct of phase 1 clinical trials, and the Research Governance Service used in Western Australia and how this may impact researchers outside of WA.

Speakers: Dr Adeline Tan, Gynaecological Oncologist, Western Women's Pathology, WA; Dr Raj Mohan, Gynaecological Oncologist (Surgeon), St John of God Subiaco, WA; Annika Andrews, Lawyer, St John of God Subiaco, WA; Dr Eva Zopf, Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Exercise Oncology, Australian Catholic University, VIC

Chairperson: Sanela Bilic Project Manager, Gynaecological Cancer Research Group, St John of God Hospital Subiaco, WA

For delegates attending the conference you can select to attend a workshop as an add-on during the registration process or by logging back on to your registration profile as a returning delegate. It is $50 to attend the workshops if you are a COSA delegate. Click here to register or log back in to your profile. Not going to the conference but wanting to attend this workshop? It is $150 to attend the workshop only. Click here to arrange.

This workshop is sponsored by

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