While we were set a very high benchmark on the back of last year’s ASM, we managed to deliver another high quality and innovative program that had something for everyone.
The theme ‘Making Connections’ brought together a superb line up of international and national speakers from multidisciplinary backgrounds, all under the one roof. It was also a great opportunity for people to connect with their peers, catch up with old colleagues and make new friends.
Over the three days, we were treated to the most up to date scientific presentations from our impressive international faculty: Kelly Parsons, Phuoc Tran, Alison Birtle, Catherine Paterson and Betsy Plimack who shared their insights and experience with close to 400 attendees.
The ASM kicked off with an array a pre-conference meetings on Sunday including the ANZUP PCFA Nurses Symposium, the Translational Research Symposium and the MDT Masterclass.
On Sunday we also held our annual Community Engagement Forum featuring presentations and panel discussions covering quality of life, treatment choices, survivorship, impacts on intimacy and the cost of cancer care. This forum gave the public the opportunity to engage with an experienced team of healthcare professionals and patient advocates, while learning about ANZUP and our clinical trials research program.
The day concluded with another excellent ANZUPx session. This year Professor Jane Turner gave us a thought provoking talk on how we should prioritise the human connections in our day to day interactions with our patients and each other. This was followed by Professor Declan Murphy entertaining us with some insights into how to rapidly the field of oncology is advancing and his tips on avoiding obsolescence as a cancer surgeon.
The evening symposium challenged our audience to think about ‘The Art of Connecting’ with our patients and peers but also with our passions and our community. We heard from our gifted faculty Kelly Parsons, a urologist and award-winning author, Alasdair Foster, a photographer and Professor of Culture in Community and finally Dr Alison Birtle channelling her passion for musical theatre by treating us to a rendition of Send in the Clowns. All great examples of how connecting through creativity can help with the stresses of work / life demands while caring for our cancer patients.
The Scientific Program on Monday and Tuesday involved close to 50 presentations, including a very interesting and stimulating discussion at the Tuesday breakfast session: ‘Is Social Media Worth the Risk for Healthcare Professionals’, ably chaired by Haryana Dhillon and featuring Henry Woo, Craig Gedye, Belinda Jago and social media expert Josh Britt. Attendees were also fortunate to hear from ANZUP Chair and ENZAMET Co-Chair Ian Davis share the practice changing ENZAMET results, as presented at the ASCO plenary session in June.
This year we saw our Twitter engagement reach close to 2.8 million #ANZUP19 impressions and over 1,600 tweets – with Haryana Dhillon, Ian Davis and Henry Woo as key social media influencers. Attendance was impressive with close to 400 delegates – all testament to the high quality, collegial, educational, entertaining ASM for which ANZUP has become renowned.
Thank you to every speaker, sponsor, chair, delegate, participant, committee member and organiser for your contribution. We look forward to seeing you in Adelaide for #ANZUP2020.