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MOGA news and events archive
A selection of historical news items that may be of interest including MOGA's 30th Anniversary in 2009 and the EPICC and Enhancing Palliation Projects.
MOGA Events 2012
MOGA Annual Scientific Meeting
The Annual Scientific Meeting of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia (MOGA) is the key annual gathering of Australian medical oncologists and oncology professionals. As the peak national body for the medical oncology profession, the Association’s annual meeting plays a pivotal role as a robust and dynamic scientific forum that provides consultants and advanced trainees in medical oncology an important opportunity to build professional networks, share knowledge and skills as well as celebrate the strength and diversity of our profession.
The theme for the 2012 ASM was Targeting Cancer from Diagnosis to Cure, reflecting the myriad of opportunities and challenges that targeted therapies are generating almost daily in all areas of medical oncology, related disciplines and cancer management. The 2012 scientific program focused on targeted therapies and new advances in clinical trial designs, prostate and colorectal cancers. A line up of distinguished local and international guest speakers was organised including Professor Lillian Siu, Professor Ian Tannock, and Professor Heinz-Josef Lenz.
Professor Ian Tannock presented a session on Prostate Cancer entitledAdvances in the systemic treatment of advanced prostate cancer. The session focused on a hypothetical patient and took him through hormonal therapy and chemotherapy with descriptions of both the benefits and side effects as shown in the trials and health outcomes research; including the use of bone protecting agents (bisphosphonates and denosumab), bone seeking isotopes, and a critical view of immunotherapy (Provenge).
Professor Tannock’s Meet the Professor Breakfast session Effectiveness or cost-effectiveness as the criteria for introducing new treatments for cancer, and which endpoints should be used to define them? examined endpoints in clinical trials (PFS or DFS vs OS) and whether one should use effectiveness or cost-effectiveness in the registration of new drugs.
There were also sessions devoted to oncology advanced trainees’ professional career development including communications skills training, new drug development in targeted oncology, access and approval of new oncology drugs in the Australian market place, the role of Advanced Health Directives in Australia, Consultant and Trainee oral abstract presentations together with Best of the Best Research in 2012.
MOGA welcomed the Cooperative Trials Group for Neuro-Oncology (COGNO) with whom we presented a Joint Symposium on Contemporary management of brain metastases with international guest speaker Professor Michael Vogelbaum. There was also a Meet the Professor Breakfast session with international guest speaker Professor Susan Chang on Challenges in targeted therapies for Glioma.
On behalf of the Organising Committee we thank those members who joined us in Brisbane.
Dr Matthew Burge - Co-convenor
Royal Brisbane Hospital
Dr Zarnie Lwin - Co-convenor
Staff Specialist Medical Oncologist
Mater Adult Hospital, Brisbane
Dr Mustafa Khasraw
Medical Oncologist, Royal Melbourne and Geelong Hospitals
Dr Rebecca Prince
Medical Oncology Advanced Trainee, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Woolloongabba
Associate Professor Gary Richardson
Director of Cabrini Academic Haematology & Oncology Service, Melbourne
Dr Catherine Shannon
Director of Medical Oncology, Mater Adult Hospital, Brisbane
MOGA Events and Awards 2011
MOGA 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting
Adelaide Convention Centre, 10-12 August 2011
MOGA would like to thank Associate Professor Chris Karapetis, the Convenor of the MOGA 2011 ASM, the ASM Planning Committee, the presenters who generously committed their time, industry sponsors and all of the attendees for their contributions to another successful and scientifically robust meeting.
Taken during the ASM Gala Dinner, held at the South Australian
Library in Adelaide on Friday 12th August 2011.
ASM Gala Dinner - Official Party
Left to Right:
Dr Mustafa Khasraw, Dr Matteo Carlino, Dr John Leyden, Dr Marianne Pavel, Associate Professor Michael Michael, Dr Rosemary Harrup, Mrs Lynnette Zalcberg, Dr Linda Mileshkin, Professor John R. Zalcberg, Professor Michael Ducreux, Mr Brian Gladsden, Professor Ian Olver, Mrs Jenny Olver, Ms Simone Leyden, Dr Christopher Steer, Professor Ray Lowenthal, Associate Professor Gary Richardson, Associate Professor Chris Karapetis, Dr Tim Price, Dr Ken Pittman and Dr Diana Adams
Unicorn Foundation Award 2011
The Medical Oncology Group of Australia Incorporated (MOGA) in conjunction with the Unicorn Foundation are proud to announce that this major new Award was presented to Dr Mustafa Khasraw at the Gala Dinner during MOGA's ASM in Adelaide on Friday 12th August.
Dr Khasraw will use the Unicorn Foundation Award to undertake an approved educational program to develop his knowledge and expertise in the management of neuroendocrine Tumours.
Unicorn Foundation Award Winner, annouced at the ASM Gala Dinner at the
South Australian Library in Adelaide, Friday 12th August 2011.
Left to Right:
Dr Mustafa Khasraw, Associate Professor Gary Richardson, Dr John Leyden and Ms Simone Leyden
Cancer Achievement Award 2011
The Medical Oncology Group of Australia (MOGA) joined again with Novartis Oncology to make available this special award recognising outstanding Australian contributions to cancer research and control. The Cancer Achievement Award formally recognises the contributions made by scientists, clinicians and other health care professionals to the scientific study of cancer in Australia.
Since 1999 this Award has been presented to ten leaders in the field of Australian Oncology. MOGA are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2011 Award was Professor John R. Zalcberg OAM in recognition of his skills, commitment and achievement as an outstanding Australian medical oncologist. Professor Zalcberg is the Chief Medical Officer and Executive Director at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne.
Left to Right: Mrs Lynette Zalcberg and Professor John R. Zalcberg
Professor Zalcberg was presented with a prize of $15,000.00 and an award at the MOGA Annual Scientific Meeting in Adelaide on Friday 12th August 2011 at which he also delivered a personal and touching address.
Left to Right: Associate Professor Gary Richardson - MOGA Chairman, Professor John R Zalcberg - Award Recipient and Mr Brian Gladsden - General Manager, Novartis Oncology Oceania
Visions of Medical Oncology Photography Competition 2011
The winners of the 2011 Visions of Medical Oncology awards were
announced at the MOGA Annual Scientific Meeting Gala Dinner at
the South Australian Library in Adelaide on 12 August 2011.
THE FIRST PRIZE WAS AWARDED TO PETER FOX FOR 'TREE OF LIFE', CONGRATULATIONS!
Peter Fox - The Tree of Life
The African Baobab, known as the Tree of Life, survives for thousands of years. Our goal in Oncology is to improve and extend life. Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana
THE SECOND PRIZE WAS AWARDED TO STEVEN KAO FOR 'CHERUB OF MEDICINE', CONGRATULATIONS!
Stephen Kao - Cherub of Medicine (Putto di Medicina)
Medical Oncology is about much more than chemotherapy. Above all, it must be about the patient. Balancing treatment with toxicity, with quality of life. This beautiful child in a Vanuatu forest embodies the complex relationship between people and medicine. Forests have long provided us with medicines, their discovery and use a balance between treatment and toxicity. The Cherub's gaze promises life, the crown of green leaves promises life and regeneration.
THE THIRD PRIZE WAS AWARDED TO STEPHANIE LIM FOR
'CONFRONTING MORTALITY', CONGRATULATIONS!
Stephanie Lim - Confronting Mortality
"To suspect your own mortality is to know the beginning of terror, to learn irrefutably that you are mortal is to know the end of terror" - Frank Hertbert. The diagnosis of cancer is both terrifying and sobering. Taken from the roof of Gaudi's Casa Batllo in Barcelona, Spain.
Peter was awarded a Kodak PlaySport Camera and Steven a Kodak Easyshare Sport C123 Digital Camera:
Stephanie was awarded a creative landscape photography book, kindly donated by Wiley.
MOGA would like to thank everyone who submitted entries to the competition.
The runners up are:
IAN OLVER - SUNRISE OVER PETRA
Part of my research in oncology has focussed on end of life which is the theme of this 3 photos during a recent trip to the Middle East
IAN OLVER - Pool
This photo represents tranquility achieved with acceptance
IAN OLVER - The Dead Sea
Rather than desolation there is beauty which usually comes from beautiful memories
DESMOND YIP - The Light Beyond
During the cancer journey the cancer patient may feel trapped (ina room without scalable walls) and dwarfed by the enormity of the disease process (the tall dark column) whilst plumbing the depths of despair (the blue surrounding pool).
Transcending this is hope and strength of the human spirit: The Light Beyond
KATHRYN FIELD - Hope
It was the end of a long and cold winter in Europe. Although it was still cold and the trees had not yet regained their leaves, the daffodils had begun to pop out as a promise of the warmer, kinder weather ahead. I thought this photo captured the feeling of hope, and it wasn't till later that I remembered that the daffodil is the symbol of hope for all affected by cancer.
KATHRYN FIELD - Determination
The photo is deliberately hazy to capture the mood of the wet, bleak day.The hazy grey foreground represents to me what it must feel like some days for cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy - they are under a cloud of uncertainty, and can't see clearly what is ahead of them. but ahead is the persistence of the person with the bright red umbrella walking towards the lights, representing the resolute determination that drives patients on through their cancer journey and their chemotherapy.
KATHRYN FIELD - Silver Lining
A few minutes before I took this photo, it was a very bleak looking late afternoon with ominous dark clouds rolling in. in the time it took for me to get my camera organised, the sun's rays started to penetrate through the cloud, creating beautiful 'fingers of God' through the clouds. The sea sparkled and glittered with the touch of the sun. Even though the dark clouds, heavy with rain, were still there, the rays reminded me that there is always a silver lining to every scene. I hope that this is often the case for the scenarios we and our patients face in oncology.
STEPHANIE LIM - Loss of Identity
"To take a photograph is to participate in another person's mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it; all photographs testify to time's relentless melt" - Susan Sontag.
There is a sense of loss of identity in this photograph, a reality that many patients go through. They describe being reduced to a shell of their former self.
Taken in Shanghai, China.
STEPHANIE LIM - Treatment Cycles
From within a cycle, perspectives are skewed. Repetitiveness seems to stretch out into the unknown expanse.
A glimpse of the arch of triumph offers hope, and an end.
Taken in Montserrat, Spain
ANNE TAYLOR - Chicken
This photograph of a rooster and hen was taken on beautiful Lavena beach, Taveuni Island, Fiji. To me, it reminds me of what we aim for with our patients, the best quality of life knowing that the future is uncertain and life may be very limited.
ANNE TAYLOR - Path
This photograph was taken in Warren Conservation Park, north of Adelaide. The path represents the cancer patient's uncertain and often tortuous journey. The tree branches represent the complexity of cancer and its treatments and the uniqueness of the condition for each patient. The burnt trees represent the possibility of death but the new green growth around the trees shows hope for life.
ANNE TAYLOR - Spider
This photograph of a spider in it's web was taken in Fiji. It's web represents the complexity and fascination of cancer. However the spider may or may not be deadly.
Peter Fox - Prevention is Better than Cure
Before starting Medical Oncology training, I worked in paediatric outreach clinics in Malawi. This photo was taken at one of the clinics. We treated hundreds of cases of schistosomiasis, which is endemic along the shores of Lake Malawi. The parasite causes chronic inflammation of the bladder, and as a result, squamous cell carcinoma is a relatively common cancer in adults. My Vision of Oncology is preventing cancer through public health interventions.
Peter Fox - Standing Tall
Cancer often throws challenges at those who least expect it. This sunflower, like many afflicted with cancer, refuses to bow down.
Steven Kao - Foggy day at Navy Pier, ASCO 2008
For many of our patients, treatment is not about a cure, it is about making their remaining days as liveable, symptom-free, as possible. In this photo, a merry-go-round provides relief from a cold, grey day. The light atop the tent a beacon in the grey of the day, the merry-go-round itself a reminder of happy memories. One of the cars of the ferris wheel catches a light - is there sunlight somewhere?
Steven Kao - Quiet Reflection
Stalactites reflected on a pool of water in a South Australian cave - the risk of burnout in medical oncology is real. A work/life balance is required and developing strategies to manage our stress are essential. Sometimes quiet reflection and meditation can provide helpful outlets in our busy clinical schedule.
Eugene Moylan - Wind in the sails - Baltimore, Ireland
Oncology is the wind in my sails. I look to be the wind that fills the sails of others.
Eugene Moylan - Wind in the sails 2 - Baltimore, Ireland
Celebrating 31 Years of Medical Oncology In Australia
In 2009 our Association celebrated it's 30th Anniversary. These celebrations had great significance for MOGA as the peak professional body for medical oncologists in Australia as our anniversary also marked thirty years since the emergence of medical oncology as a specialty internationally. It is hard to believe that medical oncology is only thirty-one years old and in that time Australia has developed the strong and robust professional medical oncology workforce to which we belong.
I would like to acknowledge the enormous contribution that our members have and continue to make to the development of medical oncology in Australia. Over the last three decades our Association and medical oncology have undergone substantial changes and played an ever increasingly significant role in the treatment and management of cancer. Medical oncology in Australia is a vigorous, dynamic, exciting and above all, challenging profession and our members are involved in a vast number of areas of practice including clinical care, cancer research (including biology, therapeutics, epidemiology and clinical outcomes research), health education, ethics and clinical teaching.
Associate Professor Michael Michael,
Education Program in Cancer Care (EPICC)
Effective of 19 August 2010 the EPICC online education program developed by MOGA in 2009, with funding from Cancer Australia, became available on the RRMEO platform (www.rrmeo.com) managed by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (www.acrrm.org.au).
As part of the arrangement for the College to host the Program as part of its online education materials the Program has been granted Professional Development Points PDP by the College. MOGA would like to thank Lex Lucas Online Services Manager and his team at the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.
Enhancing Palliation in Patients with Advanced Cancer in Rural Areas of Australia
This national e-learning program for general practitioners and health workers in rural and remote areas of Australia, was developed by the Medical Oncology Group of Australia (MOGA), and offered online, free of charge from August 2007 through to March 31, 2009 by an accredited, medical education portal. This Rural Health Support, Education and Training (RHSET) program was generously funded by the Australian Federal Government through the Department of Health & Ageing with additional support from Hospira Australia Pty Ltd.
This e-learning program for general practitioners and health care workers in rural and remote areas of Australia was developed by a committee of experts including;
Professor Bogda Koczwara (Chair)
Professor Ian Olver
Associate Professor David Goldstein
Dr Craig Underhill
Ms Franca Marine
Advisory Committee and Presenters
Professor Bruce Mann
Associate Professor Paul Glare
Associate Professor Lizz Lobb
Dr Ghauri Aggarwal
Dr Henry Hicks
Dr Tanya Holt
Dr Rohan Vora
Dr Sue Robertson
Ms Rosemary Seiboth, CNC
The program materials includes a Powerpoint presentation relating to palliative cancer treatment modalities, making decisions about palliative cancer treatments, multidisciplinary care. The program also includes four case studies covering lung cancer, breast cancer, colorectal and prostate cancer.
The Association is currently seeking accredited providers of professional online medical education programs to offer the program. At this time the program is available in a Word format on disc for registered medical professionals and provides an excellent base for individual or group learning experiences. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to access the program.
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