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 the International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting (ICCR) 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:

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.

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.

Interconnectivity to international bodies such as the International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting (ICCR), College of American Pathologists (CAP) and Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath) United Kingdom via the CanSAC membership are an integral part of the governance structure.


  • 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.

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


  • Prof Priyanthi Kumarasinghe, Anatomical Pathologist, Project Chair
  • Dr Debra Graves, RCPA CEO
  • Prof James Kench, Anatomical Pathologist, ICCR
  • A/Prof Chris Hemmings, Anatomical Pathologist
  • Dr Christine Biondi, Cancer Australia
  • Prof David Roder, Epidemiologist, Cancer Australia
  • Dr Theresa Ly, Trainee/Early career fellow representative
  • Dr Amanda Charlton, Anatomical Pathologist
  • Dr Marsali Newman, Anatomical Pathologist
  • Dr Caroline Cooper, Anatomical Pathologist
  • Dr Travis Brown, Anatomical and General Pathologist
  • Representatives from the Department of Health 
  • Vanessa White, RCPA Project Manager
  • Dr Christina Selinger, RCPA Project Officer, 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 the Project Chair and the RCPA Chief Executive Officer form the executive committee, who are empowered to make decisions relating to the project on a day to day basis.

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