Teletrials and equity of access in GI cancer clinical trials

Prof Sabe Sabesan gives an overview of how the teletrial model works in oncological practice.

About Prof Sabe Sabesan

Prof Sabe Sabesan is the Director of the Department of Medical Oncology at the Townsville Cancer Centre, Townsville Hospital.

He is a nationally and internationally recognised expert in the area of teleoncology and developed and evaluated various teleoncology models of care to deliver rural cancer care closer to home. This includes the Queensland Remote Chemotherapy Supervision (QReCS) model, which is adopted by the Queensland Health and the My- FATE education model (My Family’s Anti-Tobacco Education). To enhance rural and regional access to clinical trials, he developed the Australasian Teletrial Model under the auspices of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia in collaboration with national stakeholders.

He is the Program Lead for the Tropical Centre for Telehealth Practice and Research, a joint initiative between the Townsville hospital and the AITHM.

About Julie McCrossin AM

Julie McCrossin gets people talking. After 20 years as a presenter with ABC Radio National, ABC TV and Network Ten, she is now a freelance broadcaster, podcaster and MC.

Julie was treated for stage four, HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer (tonsils, tongue and throat) in 2013. Julie is an Ambassador for Targeting Cancer and TROG Cancer Research. She is a member of the advocacy group, Cancer Voices SA. Julie hosts the podcast series, The Thing About Cancer and The Thing About Advanced Cancer for Cancer Council NSW.

In 2019, Julie was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community, particularly through LGBTIQ advocacy roles and to the broadcast media.

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