NSLHD News Feb 25

RNSH selected to join leading cancer care centres in exciting new trial A team from RNSH will help drive a new research project investigating a revolutionary approach to care for those with neuroendocrine tumours.

Cancer specialists Professor Nick Pavlakis and Dr David Chan will join the AUS- NET trial after a funding

announcement by the Federal Government.

The study will assess whether a new patient-specific care model improves health outcomes and quality of life for patients with the rare neuroendocrine cancers. Around 500 patients from five centres across Australia are set to be involved in the clinical trial and Dr Chan said the RNSH team is thrilled to have been chosen to participate. “This is a really important study which we hope will improve the experience of patients going forward and lead to a better model of care with additional resources,” he said. “The clinical trial will examine a multi-disciplinary, shared- care approach involving greater specialised support

Dr David Chan

Professor Nick Pavlakis

treatment for instance, can only receive this care at RNSH and one other site in New South Wales. “We expect this new approach will make a marked difference to their lives if they’re able to access comprehensive, tailored care close to home, and have confidence that they’re receiving the same care that they would in a larger, metropolitan centre. “Our research and clinical teams have helped to develop this care model and are looking forward to trialling this promising initiative.”

and follow-up. “Importantly, this tailored treatment could be adopted in both metropolitan and regional centres where access to specialised care is a significant challenge for patients with this uncommon and complex cancer. “We hope this new model could be broadly adopted with the support of clinicians, GPs and nurses. “Currently, some of our patients spend a large amount of time travelling hundreds of kilometres to receive the care, knowledge and advice they need. Patients requiring lutate

North Foundation’s Annual Report – out now Northern Sydney Local Health District’s official charity partner the NORTH Foundation has launched its inaugural annual report. The report highlights that during a

said the report gave great insight into the Foundation and its achievements. “I encourage your support of the NORTH Foundation and the great work the team is undertaking to enable staff across the district to continue to deliver the best possible care for our patients, consumers and their families and carers, and make a difference with innovative research,” she said. To read the inaugural annual report, please visit The North Foundation’s website: northfoundation.org.au/

challenging year for health and medical services, generous donors gave more than $13.2 million to support patient care, innovative projects, equipment and investments in life-changing research within the district. Northern Sydney Chief Executive Deb Willcox



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