The Oncology Podcast, brought to you by oncologynews.com.au, is proud to present the latest episode in our ‘The OJC Meets…’ series in which Dr Craig Underhill chats with Professor Dorothy Keefe, CEO of Cancer Australia.
This is the extended version of the interview included in shorter form in Episode 11 of The Oncology Journal Club.
Dorothy and Craig share a passionate, inspiring and warm chat, discussing Optimal Care Pathways, COVID-19 and digitising and improving health care systems. Dorothy candidly discusses why she believes the most important thing we can do is to improve outcomes for Indigenous people with cancer and why she hopes her legacy will be making Cancer Australia deliver on its promise to be a thought leader and become an “agile, outward-facing, go-to organisation that everyone knows is there to help”.
Amongst other things, Craig and Dorothy discuss the following papers:
- Bergin RJ, et al. Concordance between Optimal Care Pathways and colorectal cancer care: Identifying opportunities to improve quality and reduce disparities. J Eval Clin Pract. 2020;26(3):918-926. doi:10.1111/jep.13231. Access online here.
- Marvelde, Luc te., et al. Alignment with Indices of A Care Pathway Is Associated with Improved Survival: An Observational Population-based Study in Colon Cancer Patients. The Lancet. Volume 15, October 2019. Access online here.
Dr Craig Underhill
Dr Craig Underhill completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 1987 at Melbourne University. He completed medical oncology training in Melbourne and worked as the Senior Clinical Research Registrar at Guy’s Hospital, London.
In 1998 arrived in Albury-Wodonga and established a medical oncology practice and clinical trials unit which has developed expertise and infrastructure to ensure the initiation of high quality trials. The research Unit lead by Dr Underhill has twice been awarded NSW Premier’s Award for Innovation in Cancer Clinical Trials, the inaugural award in 2009 and then again in 2012.
Dr Underhill chaired a working party that was instrumental in securing $65 million in federal funding for The Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre which opened in September 2016.
Dr Underhill is the VCCC Regional Oncology Lead and advocates for the increased access to clinical trials for regional Victorians and leads the VCCC teletrials program.
Professor Keefe is the CEO of Cancer Australia, and an honorary Clinical Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide. She has had a long career as a Medical Oncologist, and Professor of Cancer Medicine. Her areas of expertise include gastrointestinal toxicity of cancer treatment, Supportive Care in Cancer more broadly, Medical Leadership and Health Reform, and she has published extensively in the Supportive Care literature. She has a long-standing commitment to the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC), and is a past-president. All her work is focused on improving outcomes for patients.
We hope you enjoy this riveting interview with Dorothy who continues to be such an inspirational leader in Australian oncology.
With thanks to Craig Underhill, Dorothy Keefe and Graham Knowles.