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Governance

The governance model for the structured pathology reporting of cancer project provides a structure offering a blend of communication and support – incorporating the interconnectivity to CAP and others to support long term development and expansion of the pathology reporting protocols.

Governance Model

There are 5 critical elements to the governance model:

Cancer Specific Expert groups

The expert groups are structured into groupings to assist in the alignment with other international bodies to facilitate communication and participation. The expert groups reflect clinical groupings such as Gastrointestinal rather than Colorectal. Chairs have been apppointed to each cancer specific grouping. These chairs then form one or more ‘authorship’ groups who are responsible for the development of the cancer protocols.

CanSAC

The Cancer Services Advisory Committee (CanSAC) provides leadership in the development, dissemination and preservation of a national structure for useable, evidence-based cancer pathology reporting standards and guidelines.

International interconnectivity

Interconnectivity to international bodies such as CAP and RCPath via the CanSAC membership are an integral part of the governance structure.

National Stakeholders

Incorporating:

  • Round Table participants – 2007 and 2009
  • Other stakeholders such as those on the notifications list
  • College fellows

The key purpose in the creation of the National Stakeholder list is to ensure maximum coverage for information and feedback and to maintain an up-to-date contact list to target the correct people.

Project Group

The Project Group provide guidance on the running of the project.

Membership

  • Assoc. Prof David Ellis, Anatomical Pathologist, RCPA (CHAIR)
  • Dr Debra Graves, CEO, Royal College of Pathologists Australasia
  • Dr Claire Cooke-Yarborough,  Cancer Institute NSW
  • Dr Michael Legg, President, Health Informatics Society Australia
  • Assoc. Prof Paul McKenzie, President RCPA
  • Dr Cleola Anderiesz, Cancer Australia
  • Dr David Roder, Cancer Australia
  • Prof Jane Dahlstrom, chair CanSAC
  • Representatives from the Department of Health and Ageing
  • Ms Meagan Judge, Project Manager, Structured Pathology Reporting of Cancer Project

The project group meets on a 4-6 week basis via teleconference to:

  • To monitor project progress
  • To review risks and issues
  • To provide advice and direction to resolve issues

A subset of this group comprising David Ellis and Debra Graves form the executive committee, who are empowered to make decisions relating to the project on a day to day basis.