COSA is active in four main areas: education, networks, advocacy and research. The culmination of these activities occurs at the Annual Scientific Meeting.
Annual Scientific Meeting
The COSA Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) is Australia’s premier cancer meeting, held over three days each year in November. The ASM is a multidisciplinary meeting, inviting participation from doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and scientists working in cancer care nationally and internationally. A different state hosts the ASM each year, with a specific theme and focus on a cancer type. See the COSA ASM page for more information on past ASMs.
COSA supports the professional and educational needs of its members by designing, developing and delivering professional development activities. Examples of these activities include the ASM, Clinical Professional Days, the Cancer Care Coordination Conference and the development of Clinical Practice Guidelines.
COSA works to enhance cancer care in Australia through the development of professional networks. COSA members with a common interest in a discipline, disease type or area of need form Groups to discuss issues and develop solutions to common problems in cancer care.
COSA is active in advocating for improvements in cancer care policy in Australia. COSA regularly makes submissions to government and other organisations on matters of significance to COSA members. COSA also releases reports and position statements developed by COSA members.
COSA facilitates research across the spectrum of cancer care through the ASM, COSA Groups and support for the Cancer Cooperative Trials Groups. COSA also publishes submissions and reports related to cancer research issues in Australia.