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

Member since 2015

Professor Joanne Aitken

President, International Association of Cancer Registries & General Manager, Research, Cancer Council Queensland

Member since 2005

Dr John Bashford

Haematologist, Director of Research, Icon Research & Senior Medical Consultant, Icon Group Board

Member since 2020

Aniko Cooper

Director, Townsville Cancer Centre, Townsville Hospital and Health Service

Member since 2016

Bethany Crowe

Familial Breast Cancer CNC & McGrath Breast Cancer Nurse Researcher, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Metro South Hospital and Health Service

Member since 2020

Dr Hazel Harden

Consumer - The Partnership

Member since 2019

Associate Professor Lindy Jeffree

Senior Staff Specialist Neurosurgeon, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Metro North Hospital and Health Service

Member since 2020

Associate Professor Glen Kennedy

Executive Director, Cancer Care Services and Clinical Stream, Metro North Hospital and Health Service

Member since 2020

Dr Penny Mackenzie

Head of Radiation Oncology Department, St Andrew's Hospital, Toowoomba

Member since 2020

Professor Keith McNeil

Chief Clinical Information Officer, Queensland Health

Member since 2018

Shoni Philpot

Senior Director, Cancer Alliance Queensland, Metro South Hospital and Health Service

Member since 2005

Professor Mark Smithers AM

Director, Upper Gastro-intestinal & Soft Tissue Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Metro South Hospital and Health Service/Mayne Professor, Head, Discipline of Surgery, The University of Queensland

Member since 2011

Associate Professor Peter Steadman

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Orthopaedic Oncology Groups Mater Private Hospital/VMO Princess Alexandra Hospital, Metro South Hospital and Health Service

Member since 2020

Dr Rick Walker

Paediatric and AYA Oncologist & Lead Clinical QYCS, Queensland Children's Hospital/Princess Alexandra Hospital, Metro South Hospital and Health Service

Member since 2020

Professor Euan Walpole

Professor, School of Clinical Medicine, The University of Queensland/Medical Director, Cancer Services, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Metro South Hospital and Health Service

Member since 2005

Associate Professor David Wyld

Director, Medical Oncology, Cancer Care Services, Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital, Metro North Hospital and Health Service

Member since 2016

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

Michelle Morris

Medical Oncologist

Chair (Member since 2011)

Emilia Dauway

Surgeon, Hervey Bay

Member (Member since 2021)

Ben Green Surgeon Member (Member since 2011)
Sunil Lakhani Executive Director, Research Member (Member since 2011)
Margot Lehman Radiation Oncologist Member (Member since 2011)
Sally Meade

Surgeon, Townsville

Member (Member since 2019)

Michelle Nottage

Medical Oncologist

Member (Member since 2021)

Marina Reeves

University of Queensland

Member (Member since 2020)

Marion Strong Breast Care Nurse Member (Member since 2011)
Morgan Windsor Cardiothoracic Surgeon Clinical Lead (Member since 2013)
Margot Lehman Radiation Oncologist Member (Member since 2018)
Jasotha Sanmugarajah Medical Oncologist Member (Member since 2018)
Geoff Coughlin Chair, Urologist Chair (Member since 2016)
Simon Wood Director, Urology Department, PAH Member (Member since 2016)
Kiran Hazratwala Urologist Member (Member since 2016)
Roger Watson Urologist Member (Member since 2016)
Scott McClintock

Urologist

Member (Member since 2016)

David Theile Chair, Colorectal Sub-committee Chair (Member since 2016)
Pieter Prinsloo Staff Surgeon Member (Member since 2016)
John Hansen General & Colorectal Surgeon Member (Member since 2016)
David Clark General Surgeon Member (Member since 2016)
David Taylor Colorectal Surgeon Member (Member since 2016)
Nick Lutton Colorectal Surgeon Member (Member since 2016)
Mark Doudle Surgeon Member (Member since 2016)
Mark Smithers Director Upper GI, Soft Tissue Unit, PAH Chair (Member since 2008)
Ratna Aseervatham Director of Surgery Member (Member since 2008)
John Avramovic Surgeon Member (Member since 2016)
Andrew Barbour Surgeon Member (Member since 2016)
Donald Cameron Surgeon Member (Member since 2008)
Ben Dodd Surgeon Member (Member since 2016)
Rob Finch Surgeon Member (Member since 2008)
Victor Liew Surgeon Member (Member since 2016)
Priscilla Martin Surgeon Member (Member since 2016)
Leigh Rutherford

Surgeon

Member (Member since 2016)

Iain Thomson Surgeon Member (Member since 2016)
Nicholas O'Rourke Co-Chair RBWH Chair (Member since 2015)
Andrew Barbour Surgeon Member (Member since 2015)
Peter Hodgkinson Surgeon Member (Member since 2015)
David Cavallucci Surgeon Member (Member since 2015)
Richard Bryant Surgeon Member (Member since 2015)
Donald Cameron Surgeon Member (Member since 2015)
John Avramovic Laparoscopic and Upper GI Surgeon Member (Member since 2015)
Mark Smithers Upper GI Surgeon Member (Member since 2015)
Euan Walpole Medical Director, Cancer Services PAH Member (Member since 2015)
Tom O'Rourke Surgeon Member (Member since 2015)
Stephen Lynch Mater General Surgery HPB Member (Member since 2015)
Ratna Aseervatham Director of Surgery Member (Member since 2015)
Priscilla Martin Surgeon Member (Member since 2015)
Katherine Wilson Staff specialist Member (Member since 2015)
Robert Finch Surgeon Member (Member since 2015)
Leigh Rutherford Surgeon Member (Member since 2015)
Bryan Burmeister Chair, Radiation Oncology Sub-committee Chair (Member since 2015)
Marie-Frances Burke

Radiation Oncologist

Member (Member since 2015)

Benjamin Chua Radiation Oncologist Member (Member since 2015)
Scott Cooper Senior Radiation Therapist Member (Member since 2015)
Cathy Hargrave Principal Research Fellow, Radiation Member (Member since 2015)
Tanya Holt

Radiation Oncologist

Member (since 2020)

Marcel Knesl

Radiation Oncologist

Member (since 2020)

Dominic Lunn

Radiation Oncologist

Member (since 2020)

Penny MacKenzie

Radiation Oncologist

Member (since 2020)

Luke Nicholls

Radiation Oncologist

Member (since 2020)

Lisa Roberts

Director, Radiation Therapy

Member (Member since 2015)

Christopher Rumley

Radiation Oncologist

Member (since 2020)

David Tongs

Assistant Director, Radiation Therapy

Member (since 2021)

Debra Vincent

Advance Radiation Therapist

Member (since 2020)

Euan Walpole Medical Director, Cancer Services PAH Chair (Member since 2017)
John Bashford Medical Oncologist Member (Member since 2017)
Christine Carrington Pharmacist Member (Member since 2017)
Melissa Eastgate Medical Oncologist Member (Member since 2017)
Michelle Morris Medical Oncologist Member (Member since 2017)
Leanne Stone Director of Nursing Member (Member since 2017)
Nicholas Weber Medical Oncologist Member (Member since 2017)
Jeremy Wellwood Haematologist Member (Member since 2017)
David Wyld Director, Medical Oncology, RBWH Member (Member since 2017)
Rick Walker

Chair, Paediatric and AYA Oncologist

Chair (Member since 2016)

Kirk Morris

Staff Specialist, Haematology

Member (Member since 2015)

Ashleigh Sullivan

Medical Oncologist

Member (Member since 2019)

Po-Ling Inglis Medical Oncologist Member (Member since 2015)
Lucy Holland

Senior Social Worker (QCH) and Adjunct Research Fellow QUT

Member (Member since 2019)

Mark Smithers Director Upper GI, Soft Tissue Unit, PAH Chair (Member since 2017)
Adele Green Deputy Director, QIMR Member (Member since 2017)
Catherine Forristal Project Officer, TRI (Mater) Member Member (Member since 2017)
David Theile The Partnership Member (Member since 2017)
Sandro Porceddu

Radiation Oncologist

Chair (Member since 2019)

Ben Panizza

Surgeon

Member (Member since 2019)

Martin Batstone

Surgeon

Member (Member since 2019)

Sam Dowthwaite

Surgeon

Member (Member since 2019)

Liz Kenny

Senior Radiation Oncologist

Member (Member since 2019)

Michael Collins

Radiation Oncologist

Member (Member since 2019)

Brett Hughes

Medical Oncologist

Member (Member since 2019)

Rahul Ladwa

Medical Oncologist

Member (Member since 2019)

Raymond Chan

Cancer nursing

Member (Member since 2019)

Brian DeAmbrosis

Dermatologist

Chair (Member since 2019)

Ben Panizza

Surgeon

Member (Member since 2019)

Duncan Lambie

Pathologist

Member (Member since 2019)

James Emmett

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Member (Member since 2019)

Justin Darcy

General Surgeon

Member (Member since 2019)

Roger Allison

Radiation Oncologist

Member (Member since 2019)

Michael Collins

Radiation Oncologist

Member (Member since 2019)

Glen Kennedy

ED Cancer Care Services RBWH

Chair (Member since 2019)

Andrea Henden

Clinical Haematologist

Member (Member since 2019)

Peter Mollee

Haematologist

Member (Member since 2019)

Joshua Richmond

Haematologist

Member (Member since 2019)

Bronwyn Williams

Haematologist

Member (Member since 2019)

Howard Mutsando

Haematologist

Member (Member since 2019)

Naadir Gutta

Haematologist

Member (Member since 2019)

Andrew Birchley

Haematologist

Member (Member since 2019)

Stephen Fanning

Clinical Haematologist

Member (Member since 2019)

Michelle Bryson

Haematologist

Member (Member since 2019)

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.