PoCoG 2017 Scientific Meeting 


Thursday 16 November

The Gold Room, Dockside, Darling Harbour



 As an international leader in psycho-oncology research, PoCoG brought together Australia’s finest psycho-oncology researchers and clinicians to present their work at our inaugural Scientific Meeting on Thursday 16 November in Darling Harbour, Sydney.

The theme for our meeting was 'Bright Ideas and Big Opportunities- The future of psycho-oncology research in Australia'  and our agenda for the day included the most significant programs of work happening in Australian psycho-oncology research. The conference provided a fertile meeting ground for people working at  the leading edge of psycho-oncology research and we look forward to seeing you at our next meeting in 2020.

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 Professor Trish Livingston
Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Health, Deakin University
Professor Trish Livingston has been the Associate Dean – Research in the Faculty of Health at Deakin University since 2012. In this role Trish provides leadership and strategic direction regarding the Faculty’s research agenda to the Executive Dean-Health, Heads of Schools, Institute and Strategic Research Centre Directors, as well as senior and junior researchers.

Trish is currently the Principal Investigator on a NHMRC Partnership grant (2015-7, $765,000) investigating smartphone technology to support people diagnosed with cancer. At our meeting she will speak in Session Three: Caring for our most vulnerable and will present her program of work on digital health. 

Professor Maree Teesson
Director NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS) and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), Professorial Fellow at the Black Dog Institute, UNSW. Fellow Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and Fellow Australian Academy of Social Science.
Professor Maree Teesson is a ministerial appointed member of the NHMRC Health Care Committee and Professorial Fellow at the Black Dog Institute, UNSW, she was recently awarded Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers.

Maree has made a major contribution to Australia’s health and medical research effort in the field of mental health and substance use and is known nationally and internationally for her research on the comorbidity between mental health and substance use disorders. Her research interests include the epidemiology mental health and substance use disorders, internet delivered prevention and treatment programs, new treatments for individuals with comorbid mental health and substance use disorders, and improving treatment delivery.

Maree will be speaking in our session titled 'Caring for our Most Vulnerable' and will address the challenges involved in conducting large scale clinical trials  within these populations. 
Professor Claire Wakefield
 Professor, School of Women's and Children's Health UNSW MEDICINE, University of NSW, Head, Behavioural Sciences Unit, Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children's Hospital.
Professor Claire Wakefield is a Professor in the Discipline of Paediatrics, in the School of Women’s and Children’s Health at UNSW Medicine. Claire leads one of Australia’s largest psycho-oncology research groups - The Behavioural Sciences Unit, which is part of the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children's Hospital.

Claire has published, or had accepted, more than 115 journal articles and is named as Chief Investigator on competitive research grants totalling more than $20M. She also holds a Career Development Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council as well as a Diamond Jubilee International Visiting Fellowship at the University of Southampton, UK.
Claire will speak in our 'Areas of Need' session and the title of her presentation is 'Interventions to improve mental and physical health outcomes in children’s cancer: Navigating the pipeline from pilot to trial to translation'.
Professor Geoffrey Mitchell
Professor of General Practice, Primary Care Clinical University, Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland, Scientific Advisory Committee Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group (PC4)
Professor Geoffrey Mitchell's main research interest is in the role of General Practitioners in palliative care. His other research interests are in GP management of chronic and complex conditions and in quality issues in General Practice. He has authored over 140 refereed journal articles, as well as numerous book chapters and reports in these and other areas of clinical general practice. 
Most of Geoff's research impact is in influencing the conduct of palliative care in the community. This is an important area of research, given that the population is ageing, and many more people will come to the end of their lives in the medium term than is the case now. The community needs to be prepared for this eventuality, by ensuring that appropriate skills are held by all community based practitioners, and that high quality coordination between specialists and generalists is available to those who need it.
To this end, the title of Geoff's presentation for our meeting is 'The role of primary care in collaborative models of care (shared care) and the implications for cancer patients' and he will speaking in our Roadmap to Treatment session.