COSA members formed the Familial Cancer Group in 2006 to provide a national forum for discussion and interaction among clinical, research and support service personnel engaged in familial cancer research, treatment and management.

The Group aims to foster the collaborative nature of the familial cancer community in Australia to accelerate the translation of genetic discoveries into meaningful improvements in outcomes for patients. 

Some of the issues in which the group has interest include:

  • continuing education for COSA members
  • coordination of familial cancer research
  • development of consistent clinical protocols across Australia
  • workforce and training requirements

The Group holds regular Clinical Professional Days, usually at the COSA Annual Scientific Meeting or the Familial Aspects of Cancer: Research and Practice meeting.

Executive Committee

Nicholas Pachter (WA) - Chair 
Margaret Gleeson (NSW)
Lucinda Hossack (VIC)
Helen Marfan (QLD)
Nicola Poplawski (SA)
Kathy Wu (NSW)
Mary-Anne Young (VIC)

Familial Cancer Group Terms of Reference (pdf, 161kb) - Council approved 29 August 2014