COSA members formed the cancer survivorship group in November 2012 in recognition of the growing importance of survivorship care of people diagnosed with cancer. Our multidisciplinary Group provides a platform for the discussion and ongoing development of survivorship care in Australia. We recognise that quality survivorship care is essential to supporting the well-being of people diagnosed with cancer and their families.

The overarching aim of the COSA Survivorship Group is to advance care and research to improve outcomes for all Australians after cancer treatment.

Survivorship Group objectives include:

  • Represent the needs of the broad range of health professionals involved in delivering care for cancer survivors
  • Provide a forum for education, discussion and exchange of information between health professionals involved in cancer survivorship care
  • Foster research in cancer survivorship
  • Promote and advocate for improved survivorship services and access to care for all Australians living with and beyond cancer
  • Engage stakeholders in the area of cancer survivorship care to ensure a coordinated, national approach to survivorship care in Australia and to facilitate policy development to inform such care

COSA Survivorship Group Strategic Plan

Our 2022-2024 Strategic Plan identifies a range of priorities to help us work towards our objective of advancing care and research to improve outcomes for all Australians after cancer treatment. Our 2019-2021 achievements are summarised here.  We are always keen to hear from any members whose interests and expertise align with our activities and who would like to get involved. Please get in touch at

Executive Committee

Chair: Prof Ray Chan (Caring Futures Institute, Flinders University SA)
Deputy: Dr Nicolas Hart (Caring Futures Institute, Flinders University, SA / Queensland University of Technology, QLD/ Edith Cowan University / University of Notre Dame Australia WA)
Members: Prof Gail Garvey (The University of Queensland, QLD)
  Dr Mahesh Iddawela (Alfred Health / Latrobe Regional Hospital, VIC)
  Ms Rebecca McIntosh (healthAbility / Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC)
  Dr Elysia Thornton-Benko (General Practice, NSW / University of New South Wales)
  Dr Thomas Walwyn (Perth Children's Hospital, WA)
Co-opted roles

Primary Care Working Group Chair: A/Prof Joel Rhee (University of New South Wales / PC4)
PRO Working Group Chair: Prof Bogda Koczwara (Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, SA)
Survivorship Policy Working Group Chair: Prof Michael Jefford (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC)
Survivorship eNews Editors:
Dr Fiona Crawford-Williams (Caring Futures Institute, Flinders University SA / Queensland University of Technology, QLD)
Dr Carolyn Mazariego (The Daffodil Centre, The University of Sydney, NSW)
Dr Karolina Lisy (on leave until mid 2022 - Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC)

Survivorship Group Terms of Reference
 - Council approved 6 August 2021

Survivorship Twitter - Follow and tag @COSA_Surviv
Community Guidelines

AGM Minutes  
2021 Group AGM presentation slides 
2021 Group AGM - 25 November 
2020 Group AGM - 7 December