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New update: 10/11/2020

National Pancreatic Cancer Roadmap Steering Group

The National Pancreatic Cancer Roadmap Steering Group met on 22 October 2020 to provide high level strategic advice to Cancer Australia to guide the development of the National Pancreatic Cancer Roadmap

The multidisciplinary Steering Group includes representation from people affected by pancreatic cancer, consumers, clinical experts, researchers and non-government and government sector.

Members of the Steering Group:

Dr Lorraine Chantrill


Medical Oncologist, Illawarra Cancer Centre, NSW

Chair, Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group (AGITG), NSW

Professor Meera Agar

Palliative Medicine Specialist, Liverpool Hospital, NSW

Chair, Palliative Care Australia

Professor Chris Baggoley AO

Consumer, SA

Board Member, Avner Foundation

Mr Daniel Goulburn OAM

Chair, Australian Pancreatic Cancer Alliance

Co-founder, Purple Our World  

Mr Doug Hawkins

Chief Executive Officer, Pancare Foundation

Mr Gino lori

Consumer representative, Cancer Voices Australia, NSW

Professor James Kench

Anatomical pathologist, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, NSW

Professor Mei Krishnasamy   

Chair of Cancer Nursing, University of Melbourne

Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, VIC

Dr Dominique Lee


Radiation Oncologist, Prince Alexandra Hospital, QLD

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists representative

Ms Bryce McCarthy

Upper Gastrointestinal Clinical Nurse Specialist,

WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network

Professor Geoff Mitchell

Professor, General Practice and Palliative Care, University of Queensland, QLD

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners representative

A/Professor Mehrdad Nikfarjam

Liver, pancreas, and biliary surgeon,

Senior Lecturer, Department of Surgery,

University of Melbourne, Austin Health, VIC

A/Professor Phoebe Phillips

Head Pancreatic Translational Research Group,

Adult Cancer Program, Lowy Cancer Research Centre, NSW

Ms Julianne Quaine

Assistant Secretary, Cancer, Policy and Services, Department of Health

Ms Perry Sperling PSM

Consumer, VIC

Advisory Council, Cancer Australia

Ms Michelle Stewart

Chief Executive Officer, PanKind, The Australian Pancreatic Cancer Foundation

Dr Dawn Casey PSM

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)

Media release 01/09/2020

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most aggressive types of cancer

Australians are being invited to have their say about the development of a new National Pancreatic Cancer Roadmap, through a Public Consultation hub launched today by Cancer Australia.

It is estimated that 3,933 new cases of pancreatic cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year - about 11 people every day.

In developing the National Pancreatic Cancer Roadmap, Cancer Australia  recognises the devastating and shocking impact of pancreatic cancer on people diagnosed and their families. Focusing our efforts and harnessing our knowledge and expertise provides the opportunity to drive change and bring hope,” said Cancer Australia CEO Professor Dorothy Keefe.

We are calling on all Australians affected by pancreatic cancer to participate in the public consultation so that we can draw the Roadmap together. Where do we want to go, how do we get there, and how we get over the bumps and roadblocks on the journey?.

We really want to capture a broad range of views on pancreatic cancer from all sectors of the Australian community. This will help us to ensure all stages of the cancer care pathway, including evidence-based research and best practice care, are considered in the overall design of the National Pancreatic Cancer Roadmap,” said Professor Keefe.

The Consultation Hub will be live from 1 September 2020 until 30 November 2020. The Hub will include an overview of the Roadmap initiative, a survey with questions for stakeholder consideration, and next steps. An option will also be available to provide direct submissions.

The Roadmap is anticipated to be relevant to, and be used by, a range of pancreatic cancer stakeholders including governments, researchers, health professionals, funders, pancreatic cancer organisations and people affected by pancreatic cancer. 

In March 2020, the Minister for Health, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, invited Cancer Australia to work with the Department of Health to develop the Roadmap, which is expected to be presented by December 2021.

The Consultation Hub can be found at here.