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.

Geriatric Oncology Group Executive Committee:
Meera Agar - Chair (University of Technology Sydney)
Jane Phillips (University of Technology Sydney)
Kheng Soo (Eastern Health VIC)
Christopher Steer (Border Medical Oncology NSW)
Timothy To (Repatriation General Hospital SA)