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

Education 

  • 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

Research

  • 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

Advocacy

  • 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), co-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
  Polly Dufton (Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre/University of Melbourne, VIC),
    co-opted - co-editor, GO eNews
 

Dr Michael Krasovitsky (The Kinghorn Cancer Centre, NSW /University of New South Wales), co-opted GOEER working group