Thank you to all those who attended and participated in the third national Survivorship Conference which was held in Adelaide, South Australia, on 2‐3 February 2017.
This year, the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer partnered with the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia to co‐host this event. This exciting partnership will help ensure this conference is closely aligned with the national directions for cancer control and continues to expand its reach and relevance to a diverse range of cancer health professionals, policy makers and to all those affected by cancer.
Following the success of the two previous biennial conferences, the 2017 Flinders COSA Survivorship Conference brought together a diverse group of clinicians, researchers, policy makers and consumers from Australia and beyond, to learn, to be challenged and to make a lasting impact on the lives of those affected by cancer.
The theme this year was “Cancer Survivorship 2017: Pathways to better policy and practice” which focuses our thinking on how we can translate the growing evidence in this area into day to day applications. We explored diverse perspectives from Australia, UK, US and countries of our region to identify how collaboratively we can accelerate progress, share learnings and promote best practice. We explored stories of survivors themselves, and asked some challenging questions like what is survivorship like if it is not life after cancer, but life with cancer? And in the spirit of translating knowledge into practice, we didn't just listen and note but reflected, engaged and experienced what practice of good survivorship is all about.
Bogda Koczwara AM, BM BS FRACP MBioethics FAICD
THE SURVIVORSHIP 2017 CONFERENCE IS ENDORSED BY: