The Asia-Pacific Mentoring Program is under review and fellowships are not currently available.
COSA provided funding for the Asia-Pacific Mentoring Program from 2011-2014 allowing a mid-career oncology health professional from a developing country within the Asia-Pacific region to spend up to 12 weeks within an Australian cancer service.
The aims of the fellowship were:
- foster and enhance knowledge and expertise
- establish stronger ties and partnerships with new and developing cancer centres in the region
- identify areas and strategies for future professional development and research
Dr Sameer Rastogi, a medical oncologist from Tata Memorial Hospital in India spent 12 weeks in Australia under the mentorship of Dr Abhishek Joshi at the Townsville Cancer Centre at Townsville Hospital in Queensland. Dr Rastogi's project focussed on the use of telemedicine in cancer centres, and he also received guidance from Dr Sabe Sabesan from the Townsville Cancer Centre.
Ashodra Gautam from Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva, Fiji spent 12 weeks in Australia under the guidance of Thanh Lam, Senior Oncology Pharmacist at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. Ashodra’s program was supported by a successful grant application to the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). In addition, she also spent time at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre VIC, Princess Alexandra Hospital QLD, eviQ and Sydney Children’s Hospital NSW.
Dr Rajinikanath Janakiraman, a professor and consultant surgeon in head and neck oncology from Christian Medical College and Hospital in Vellore, India, spent 11 weeks at the Sydney head and neck Cancer Institute at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital under the guidance of Associate Professor Jonathan Clark. He also spent time at Liverpool and St George Private Hospital.
Dr Sanjay Dhiraaj from Sanjay Ghandi Post Graduate Medical School in India spent 10 weeks at the Department of Palliative Care at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre under the guidance of Dr Odette Spruyt.
Dr Kanakorn Runglodvatana from Faculty of Medicine at Vajira Hospital and Bangkok Metropolitan University in Thailand spent 12 weeks at the Adelaide Cancer Centre at Adelaide Royal Hospital under the guidance of Dr Nimit Singhal.
Nguyen Thanh Binh from K Hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam spent approximately 11 weeks in Australia. He spent a week at the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM) Conference in Darwin; three weeks at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital under the guidance of Robin Hill; a week at Royal North Shore Hospital under the guidance of Dr Jeremy Booth; and six weeks at Liverpool Hospital under the guidance of Dr Dion Forstner. This fellowship was co funded with The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR).