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About the Gynaecological Oncology Network

The Gynaecological-Oncology Network brings healthcare professionals and consumers together to provide high quality gynaecological cancer care for women and to improve access to comprehensive gynaecological cancer services across NSW.

Our People

Russell Hogg

Russell Hogg, Co-Chair
Gynaecological Oncologist
Westmead Hospital
Western Sydney Local Health District

Kim Hobbs

Kim Hobbs, Co-Chair
Social Worker
Westmead Hospital
Western Sydney
Local Health District

The ACI Gynaecological Oncology Network collaborates closely with a wide range of organisations that provide services to women with gynaecological cancers, including the NSW Ministry of Health, Cancer Institute NSW, Cancer Council NSW, Clinical Excellence Commission, Institute of Palliative Medicine, Health Education and Training Institute (formerly Clinical Education and Training Institute), Cancer Voices NSW and the Lifeforce Cancer Foundation.

In NSW seven public hospitals have specialist Gynaecological Oncology Units with multidisciplinary teams who work together to bring about the best outcomes for patients with gynaecological cancer.

Priorities

  • To continue with phase 2 of the vulval cancer quality of life study.
  • To revise cervical and vulval cancer guidelines for improved patient management, patient outcomes and experience.

Achievements

  • Improved services and equity of access for patients in rural, remote and regional NSW to major gynaecological oncology centres.
  • Identification of a support co-coordinator in each NSW country town or city suburb to help patients identify support services close to home.
  • Improved patient experience for patients with gynaecological cancers through residential retreats and rural workshops for patients and carers.
  • Annual nurse study day - improving nursing knowledge to improve patient care.
  • Joint forum with Cancer Institute NSW to improve care by up skilling NSW referrers about multi-disciplinary teams and gynaecological oncology models of care in ovarian cancer patients.
  • Vulval cancer quality of life study based on patient experiences to inform improved or new models of care.
  • Development and distribution of Best Clinical Practice: Gynaecological Cancer Palliative Care 2008 guidelines to improve knowledge and offer best practice guidance to treating clinicians.
  • Development and distribution of Best Clinical Practice Gynaecological Guidelines 2009 to improve knowledge and offer best practice guidance to treating clinicians.

Background

The ACI Gynaecological Oncology Network was established in 2002 led by a committee with broad representation. The network continues to strive for high quality gynaecological cancer care for women and to improve access to comprehensive gynaecological cancer services across NSW .

Gynaecological Oncology Network

Contact

Violeta Sutherland
Urology / Gynaecological Oncology Network Manager