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This symposium will provide a forum for non-surgical members of ANZGOSA to discuss issues that may not be covered adequately in the main program. It is representative of the commitment of the ANZGOSA board to the multidisciplinary nature of management of diseases of the oesophagus and stomach and the need for inclusion of all relevant disciplines within ANZGOSA activities.
Cate’s presentation will focus on the experiences and impacts of cancer care coordination in the oesophageal and gastric tumour streams within Alfred Health. The role of the Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Nurse Coordinator commenced in June 2018 following the implementation of the state-wide Oesophago-Gastric Redesign Program in which Cate was Project Coordinator alongside Project Lead, Mr Richard Chen (Upper GI Surgeon at the Alfred). The main objectives of the project at Alfred Health were to improve timelines of care from referral to multidisciplinary team meeting to treatment and to provide tailored, coordinated care to a group of patients with both poor survival rates as well as a significant morbidity burden. Having achieved notable impacts through fulfilment of the project’s objectives in patient care, which will be explored in further detail in this presentation, Alfred Health decided to fund the position on an ongoing basis.
Australia and New Zealand Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Society (ANZMOSS) is a surgical society with an extensive multidisciplinary membership. The board consists of bariatric medical physicians, nurses, dietitians and psychologists. Furthermore the scientific program is comprehensive, multidisciplinary and inclusive. In this session Nazy Zarshenas, accredited practicing dietitian (APD) and a 15-year ANZMOSS member discusses the evolution of the integrated team in the society, its benefits for all team members, and the potential for the future.