"There is no doubt that COSA has been able to coordinate many of the important players from across the cancer disciplines. By working together much has been achieved. The example par excellence is the COSA regional and rural services mapping report, which became the basis for advocacy and government action on regional cancer centres. COSA enabled a major policy change that will positively impact on our communities for decades to come."
Dr Craig Underhill, Border Medical Oncology, Murray Valley Private Hospital
Member, Regional and Rural Group
"My COSA memberships keeps me connected with activities, opportunities and practice changes in the wider world of oncology across Australia. Being as geographically isolated as we are in WA, it makes sure I don't become blinkered to only seeing things 'how it's done here'. Finally, COSA opens doors to influencing and impacting changes in health policy, that affect cancer professionals and consumers."
Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Nurse Coordinator
WA Cancer & Palliative Care Network
Member, Cancer Care Coordination interest group
"COSA has played a vital role in the development of a national program in adolescent and young adult cancer. It has also provided invaluable support as we have established a national sarcoma co-operative research group. Three cheers for COSA!"
A/Prof David Thomas
Medical Oncologist/Head, Sarcoma, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Member, Medical Oncology Group
"The Clinical Oncological Society of Australia represents the broad range of cancer professional groups with the aim to help improve cancer control in this country. As an organisation, it has achieved much over the past three decades and in so doing, has matured a great deal as members seek and address the many and often complex issues that patients, clinicians and researchers across Australia must grapple with to improve outcomes. From research to patient care, from epidemiology to molecular genetics, health services to palliative care, there is much being done under the auspices of COSA, which plays an invaluable role in helping reduce the burden of cancer in our community."
Prof John R Zalcberg OAM
Chief Medical Officer & Executive Director Cancer Medicine, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Member, Breast Group
"I joined COSA as a trainee in order to be able to interact with and learn from the wide multidisciplinary organisation which is COSA and I have benefitted greatly from this. The website provides a unique opportunity to network with like minded groups and be kept updated with the Australian oncology scene."
Prof Ian Olver, Chief Executive Officer
Cancer Council Australia
Member, Familial Cancer, Medical Oncology, Psycho-oncology, Regional and Rural groups
"COSA has given me the opportunity to network and collaborate with colleagues in the area of cancer and more specifically clinical research. It provides a great opportunity to work together to address unique issues and challenges faced in professional life in caring for people with cancer."
Project Manager, Victorian CCC Project
Member, Clinical Research Professionals Group
"COSA provides a rich environment for cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaborations between researchers and practitioners across Australia, ensuring we address the really critical questions to improve cancer control and support. For early career researchers, the ASM facilitates acquaintances and co-presenters becoming friends and future collaborators."
Prof Afaf Girgis
Director, CHeRP [Cancer Council NSW, University of Newcastle & Hunter Medical Research Institute]
Chair, HMRI Health Behaviour Research Program
Member, Psycho-Oncology Group
"Being a member of COSA enables me to work with multidisciplinary groups to enhance cancer care for patients across Australia."
Deputy Director of Pharmacy, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Member, Cancer Pharmacists Group
"COSA is the only organisation where I can meet and discuss with all health professionals the issues that concer my patients. COSA has a global advocacy role and impact that is significant and effective. I feel I make a real difference to cancer care by being a member."
Prof David Goldstein
Senior Staff Specialist, Prince of Wales Hospital
Past President, COSA
Member, Gastrointestinal, NETs, Developing Nations and Cancer Biology groups.
"As an allied health professional, being involved as a COSA member has provided me with excellent opportunities for professional development, networking and collaboration with the widest range of multidisciplinary cancer health experts in Australia."
Senior Oncology Dietitian, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Member, Nutrition Group
"COSA is a unique organisation because it is all about cancer care, and is fundamentally multidisciplinary. As a voluntary and not-for-profit organisation, COSA has credibility that allows it to engage with professional groups, national organisations and governments to help shape the cancer agenda. COSA meetings and activities have allowed me to meet and get to know many committed and talented people from the range of health disciplines who share my passion for looking after people with cancer."
Last updated: 09/08/12 11:12:48
Prof Bruce Mann
Director of Breast Service, Royal Melbourne and Royal Women's Hospital
Professor of Surgery, The University of Melbourne
Member, Surgical Oncology Group