The COSA Geriatric Oncology Group aims to improve outcomes for older adults affected by cancer through:


  • Promote and publish literature and reports to increase awareness of the need for specific approaches to treatment of cancer in older adults  
  • Host and attend workshops for Group members, and deliver presentations in national and international forums, to raise awareness of geriatric oncology from the Australian perspective  

Support for clinical practice

  • Mentorship in the support of clinical practice and the development of clinical services that improve the management of older patients with cancer
  • Provide leadership in the use of geriatric oncology assessment tools


  • Develop, test and disseminate easy screening tools to enable referrals to multidisciplinary clinics and encourage integrated approaches between oncologists and geriatricians and the aged care sector
  • Facilitate collaborative research projects within the COSA membership


  • Seek support for the fostering of geriatric oncology training 

The Group has formed working groups to focus on two key priorities: research and guideline development.

Executive Committee

Chair: Prof Meera Agar (University of Technology Sydney, NSW)
Members:  Prof Jane Phillips (Queensland University of Technology, QLD)
  Dr Kheng Soo (Eastern Health, VIC), editor, GO eNews
  Dr Christopher Steer (Border Medical Oncology, NSW)
  Dr Timothy To (Flinders Medical Centre, SA)
  Dr Heather Lane (Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, WA), co-opted, SIOG National       Representative