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September 17, 2014

World Innovation Summit for Health to Examine the Future of Affordable Cancer Care Delivery

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) has appointed Professor Robert J S Thomas OAM, Chief Cancer Advisor at the Department of Health, Victoria, Australia, to chair its Delivering Affordable Cancer Care Forum.
Prof. Bob Thomas, WISH Forum Chair for ‘Delivering Affordable Cancer Care’
Professor Thomas will lead a team of international experts to prepare an evidence-based report that focuses on the key issues surrounding affordable cancer care provision, including:
  • Understanding cost issues along the pathway of clinical care
  • The design of innovative approaches for affordable delivery models for cancer care both in the developing world and in high resource countries
  • Innovations around pricing and incentive structures for drugs and high cost treatments
  • Assessing better use of technology advances to add value to current cancer care methods

The Forum will then present its findings and recommendations for discussion at the next WISH Summit taking place on 17 – 18 February 2015 in Doha, Qatar.
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Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham, Executive Chair of WISH and Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College of London, said: “The human, social and economic implications of cancer are immense. At a time when both the incidence and costs of treating cancer are increasing rapidly - especially in lower and middle income countries - it is undoubtedly one of the most important global health priorities.”

Professor Thomas is Chief Cancer Advisor to the Victorian Government in Australia and Chair of the Victorian Cancer Agency with responsibility for the translational research and funding of cancer research in Victoria. He is also Chair of the National Cancer Expert Reference Group for the Australian Government, Research Director for Global Health Delivery, International Prevention Research Institute and Distinguished Fellow, Surgical Oncology, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne.

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