Cancer Statewide Clinical Network

The Net­work was estab­lished in 2020, bring­ing togeth­er health pro­fes­sion­als and con­sumers to pro­vide strate­gic guid­ance and advice relat­ing to can­cer care and work on projects to improve health out­comes for all South Aus­tralians affect­ed by cancer.

Cur­rent projects

South Australian Cancer Plan

The Can­cer Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work is pro­vid­ing strate­gic exper­tise relat­ing to the con­tent of the South Aus­tralian Can­cer Plan. For more infor­ma­tion, please vis­it the SA Can­cer Plan web­page on the SA Health website.

Germline Testing

Devel­op­ment of a statewide germline test­ing frame­work for can­cer care. To view the main­stream genet­ic test­ing packs please vis­it the AGU Web­site on the SA Health website.

Cancer Navigation

Can­cer nav­i­ga­tion refers to how a patient nav­i­gates can­cer care and is a key ele­ment of coor­di­nat­ed, per­son-cen­tred care and sup­port. Can­cer nav­i­ga­tion works to improve access to care and con­ti­nu­ity of care, par­tic­u­lar­ly among pop­u­la­tions expe­ri­enc­ing unmet needs and dis­par­i­ties in can­cer care. 

The Can­cer Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work (SCN) rat­ed effi­cient and equi­table can­cer nav­i­ga­tion as the high­est pri­or­i­ty to improve and address in 2023. This was iden­ti­fied through a com­pre­hen­sive work­shop­ping process under­tak­en with the SCCN to iden­ti­fy and pri­ori­tise net­work projects. 

We’re excit­ed to part­ner with the Car­ing Futures Insti­tute (CFI) on the Can­cer Nav­i­ga­tion Project’, to devel­op South Aus­tralian can­cer nav­i­ga­tion frame­work, which imag­ines a future where the high­est stan­dard of health­care is avail­able to all and where peo­ple are tru­ly at the centre. 

The Can­cer Nav­i­ga­tion Project will soon com­mence con­sumer and stake­hold­er (includ­ing can­cer care pro­fes­sion­als, gov­ern­ment, and non-gov­ern­ment organ­i­sa­tions) engage­ment to co-design the frame­work and imple­men­ta­tion plan and con­sid­er appli­ca­tion to the South Aus­tralian Can­cer Plan cur­rent­ly under development. 

The SA Can­cer Plan is envis­aged to set the future direc­tion of can­cer care across SA and helps to iden­ti­fy oppor­tu­ni­ties to cre­ate a coor­di­nat­ed, inte­grat­ed, equi­table, evi­dence-based, per­son­alised care sys­tem across the can­cer con­tin­u­um. Key intend­ed clin­i­cal ben­e­fits include: 

  • Improved time­ly access to and pro­vi­sion of safe and acces­si­ble ser­vices that are inclu­sive of mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary teams, as close to home as pos­si­ble for patients. 
  • Improved health sta­tus of the South Aus­tralian pop­u­la­tion whilst devel­op­ing a health sys­tem that facil­i­tates equi­ty of access. 
  • Cre­ation of a respon­sive health sys­tem that meets the needs of the community. 
Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell (CAR T-cell) Therapy

The Can­cer Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work have led col­lab­o­ra­tions with a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary group of clin­i­cians and researchers across all local health net­works to out­line what is need­ed to facil­i­tate the deliv­ery of CAR T‑cells in South Aus­tralia. A project has been ini­ti­at­ed to inves­ti­gate and for­mu­late strate­gies to estab­lish a CAR T‑cell ther­a­py ser­vice in South Australia. 

Chimeric Anti­gen Recep­tor T‑cell (CAR T‑cell) Ther­a­py is an evi­dence-based, inter­na­tion­al­ly recog­nised ther­a­py endorsed by Can­cer Aus­tralia and the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment Med­ical Spe­cial­ist Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee (MSAC) which can improve chance of cure for cer­tain types of leukaemia and lym­phoma. The estab­lish­ment of a South Aus­tralian ser­vice would allow patients to access this care clos­er to home there­by improv­ing their qual­i­ty of life. It would also enhance equi­ty of access for those who may be unable to trav­el inter­state to receive this treatment. 

What is CAR T‑cell ther­a­py? An intro­duc­tion to CAR T‑cell ther­a­py video has been pub­lished by NSW Health Immune Effec­tor Cell Ser­vice which was in part­ner­ship with the NSW Agency for Clin­i­cal Innovation. 

For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it the Agency for Clin­i­cal Infor­ma­tion web­site.

Developing a standardised platform to assist with multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings.

Can­cer care in Aus­tralia is best pro­vid­ed by a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary team of pro­fes­sion­als. Reg­u­lar mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary team (MDT) meet­ings are an inte­gral com­po­nent of pro­vid­ing com­pre­hen­sive care to peo­ple with can­cer. Dur­ing these meet­ings, clin­i­cians review the radi­ol­o­gy and pathol­o­gy results and dis­cuss the most appro­pri­ate treat­ment plan for an indi­vid­ual patient. 

In South Aus­tralia, there are more than 30 MDT meet­ings occur­ring every month inte­grat­ed across the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor, how­ev­er cur­rent­ly, there is no state-wide stan­dard­ised approach to doc­u­ment­ing MDTs’ and cap­tur­ing MDT data. We are work­ing toward imple­ment­ing a plat­form that con­nects vital patient infor­ma­tion and results in order to bet­ter sup­port the impor­tant deci­sion mak­ing and planning. 

The Can­cer Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work has con­tributed to out­lin­ing MDT spec­i­fi­ca­tion require­ments, based on the out­comes of a stake­hold­er engage­ment work­shop which involved clin­i­cal experts and consumers. 

Upcom­ing projects

  • Imple­men­ta­tion of the SA Can­cer Plan — The Can­cer SCN will play a cen­tral role in imple­ment­ing the key com­po­nents of the SA Can­cer Plan. This is due to com­mence late 2023.

Hear from Dr Ganes­san Kichenadasse about the Can­cer Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work as part of the 2022 CEIH Con­ver­sa­tion Series

Cancer Statewide Clinical Network Steering Committee

Dr Michael Osborn

Haematologist/​Pae­di­atric, Ado­les­cent and Young Adult Oncol­o­gist and Clin­i­cal Lead Can­cer Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work; WCHNRAH

Mrs Aman­da Robertson

Infor­ma­tion and Sup­port Man­ag­er; Can­cer Coun­cil SA

Dr Anas Alawawdeh 

Con­sul­tant Med­ical Oncol­o­gist; Rur­al Sup­port Service

A/​Prof Anna Brown

Head of Mol­e­c­u­lar Oncol­o­gy, Co-group leader, Famil­ial Haema­to­log­i­cal Can­cer Group; SA Pathology/​Uni­ver­si­ty of South Australia

Mr Arrin Wislang

Man­ag­er, Clin­i­cal Ser­vices; Rur­al Sup­port Service

Ms Belin­da Morris

Lead Phar­ma­cy Ana­lyst – eCPS; Dig­i­tal Health SA

Dr Ben­jamin Saxon

Med­ical Unit Head, Haema­tol­ogy and Oncol­o­gy; WCHN

Prof Bry­one Kuss

Head of Haema­tol­ogy Ser­vices, Mol­e­c­u­lar Med­i­cine and Genet­ics; FMC/ SA Pathology

Ms Cheri Ostroff

Con­sumer representative 

Prof Chris Karapetis

Direc­tor, Can­cer Ser­vices, Con­sul­tant Med­ical Oncol­o­gist; SALHN

Prof David Roder

Research Chair, Can­cer Epi­demi­ol­o­gy and Pop­u­la­tion Health, Senior Prin­ci­pal Research Fel­low; South Aus­tralian Health and Med­ical Research Insti­tute (SAHMRI)/ Uni­ver­si­ty of South Australia

Dr Eliz­a­beth Murphy

Divi­sion­al Direc­tor (Med­ical) Divi­sion of Sur­gi­cal Spe­cial­ties and Anaes­thet­ics, Col­orec­tal Sur­geon; NALHN

Ms Gabrielle Vigar

Nurse Unit Man­ag­er, Radi­a­tion Oncology/​Cancer Out­pa­tients, CALHN

Ms Hay­ley Vasileff

Lead Can­cer Ser­vices Phar­ma­cist; SA Pharmacy/​Rur­al Sup­port Service

Mrs Helen Phillips

Advanced Nurse Con­sul­tant, Can­cer Ser­vices Team; Rur­al Sup­port Service

Mrs Joanne Glover

Deputy Chair Clin­i­cal Net­work, Can­cer Clin­i­cal Pro­gram Deliv­ery Man­ag­er, Affil­i­ate Senior Lec­tur­er Ade­laide Med­ical School; CALHN/ Uni­ver­si­ty of Adelaide

Ms Kim Morey 

Co-Theme Leader, Abo­rig­i­nal Health Equi­ty Strat­e­gy Health Sys­tems Research; SAHMRI

Dr Luke Johnson

Sar­co­ma & Bone Tumour, Limb Sal­vage & Arthro­plas­ty Sur­geon, Head of SA Bone & Soft Tis­sue Tumour Unit; FMC/ WCHRAH

Mr Mark Haseloff

Con­sumer representative 

Mr Michael Fitzgerald

Nurse Prac­ti­tion­er- Med­ical Oncol­o­gy FMC Can­cer Ser­vices; SALHN

Dr Michelle Damin

Haema­tol­o­gist; NALHN

Dr Nadia Corsini

Senior Research Fel­low; Uni­ver­si­ty of South Australia

Ms Rebekah Lamb

Nurs­ing Direc­tor, Divi­sion of Med­i­cine; NALHN

Prof Tim­o­thy Price

Med­ical Oncol­o­gist TQEH and Med­ical Lead Can­cer Pro­gram; CALHN

Network Lead

Dr Michael Osborn

Can­cer Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work Vision

The Can­cer Clin­i­cal Net­work’s vision is for excel­lence and inno­va­tion in can­cer care for South Australians.

Can­cer Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work Goals

The Can­cer Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work aims to bring togeth­er health pro­fes­sion­als and con­sumers to pro­vide strate­gic guid­ance and advice relat­ing to can­cer care and work on projects to improve health out­comes for all South Aus­tralians affect­ed by cancer.

The Can­cer Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work aims to improve health out­comes for all South Aus­tralians affect­ed by can­cer. We do this by:

  • being per­­son-cen­tred.
  • focus­ing on com­pas­sion­ate and equi­table care.
  • work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tive part­ner­ships with key stake­hold­ers across the entire can­cer continuum.
  • build­ing on lat­est evi­dence to dri­ve excel­lence and innovation.
  • dri­ving improve­ments in safe­ty, qual­i­ty and patient experience.
  • pro­vid­ing strate­gic exper­tise and advice on can­cer care.

Achieve­ments of the Can­cer Statewide Clin­i­cal Network

  • Sys­temic ther­a­py stan­dards – state-wide vs nation­al mapping
  • Devel­op­ment of data strat­e­gy for can­cer outcomes
  • Com­ple­tion of a​‘stan­dard sys­temic can­cer treat­ment’ con­sent form
  • Com­menced Chemother­a­py Nation­al Stan­dards Sup­port­ing document
  • Devel­op­ment of COVID-19 can­cer vac­ci­na­tion doc­u­ments – for con­sumers and health professionals

Addi­tion­al Doc­u­ments and Information

Terms of Reference

Have a question?

Or want to know more about the Can­cer Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work?
Please email CEIHCancer@​sa.​gov.​au