November 2017 Newsletter

President's Message

After two years as the President of the ANZHNCS it was time to reflect and then hand over to the new team at the Brisbane Annual scientific meeting and AGM.

The meeting had over 280 delegates which is a great turnout and a real credit to the team of Ryan Sommerville, Bena Cartmill and Ben Chua who put together a great program.  The international keynote speakers were fantastic, and it was good to see a real mix of local and national experts presenting invited papers and their own research.

We have had two successful meetings in the last two years but there is always room for improvement so if you are sitting on an email asking you to fill out a survey please take the time and help the executive and future conference teams improve the quality even further.

We have had significant changes in corporate structure over the last two years with a change to TAS (The association specialists) represented by Pat at the secretariat, and of course a change from an association registered in New South Wales to a “company limited by guarantee” legally able to operate across all jurisdictions.  Change is never easy, but I can assure you that all this work behind the scenes has been necessary set the ship on a steady path where we can focus on our more important aims of cancer care and let the organisation tick along in the back ground. 

Some of you were involved in the IFHNOS meeting bids in an attempt to host the 2026 IFHNOS conference in Australia.  There were outstanding bids from Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney and dedicated teams behind each bid but after a month of deliberation and two rounds of voting the executive decided to put forward Brisbane to the IFHNOS executive.  It is timely to thank the teams from Melbourne and Sydney who put in a huge amount of effort and I hope they will join the team in Brisbane for what now becomes a national effort to bring this major meeting down under.

One of my roles over my time on the executive has been collating the list of MDT’s throughout Australia which is now on the website and regularly updated.  The executive and society are ready to take the next step on this path and look to develop standards to assist MDT’s to function better, and provide excellent patient care for patients.

Under the Presidency of Dr Julia Maclean it will be timely to undertake a Board Performance Review early in 2018.  This will give us an opportunity to revisit the Five year strategic plan which was laid out in 2015 and make sure new and existing executive committee members are familiar with our reporting requirements.

Finally, in my last “Presidents report” I would like to thank all the members of the ANZHNCS and particularly the executive team for supporting me over the last two years.  It has been busy, but a true honour to serve in this role and I look forward to a long and productive ongoing relationship with the society as we all work together to improve the lot of our patients.

A/Prof Martin D Batstone


Addendum to the President’s report

Incoming President

On behalf of the executive and membership, I would like to thank A/Prof Martin Batstone for his significant contributions to the ANZHNCS over the past 2 years. Martin has been modest in reporting his achievements, he has expertly navigated the complex legalities required to change the corporate structure whilst ensuring that we were still on track with our 5-year strategic plan. Martin has worked efficiently and constantly which has resulted in everything in very good order for our handover!  Thankfully, although Martin can now have a little respite, he remains on the executive and I know that we will all continue to benefit from his wisdom and unflappable nature. I would like to welcome A/Prof Richard Gallagher to the executive and I look forward to continuing to work with all members of the executive, with TAS and our membership for what promises to be a busy and productive year ahead.

A/Prof Julia Maclean
​President, ANZHNCS