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  • 10 Nov 2020 4:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    LF has put together a page on our PhD Scholarship recipients.  We thought you might like to see it too.

    Click here

  • 4 Nov 2020 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HSANZ were pleased to be a signatory to the National Strategic Action Plan for Blood Cancer coordinated by the Leukaemia Foundation.

    Blood cancers are one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in Australia today and one of the biggest causes of cancer death.

    The National Strategic Action Plan for Blood Cancer is a blueprint to coordinate and accelerate national efforts to improve survival and quality of life for people diagnosed with blood cancer and to support their carers and families.

    It identifies four major priorities:

    • Empower patients and their families
    • Accelerate research
    • Enable access to novel and specialised therapies
    • Achieve best practice.

    The National Action Plan was commissioned by the Australian Government and launched by the health Minister in September 2020.

  • 27 Oct 2020 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Announcement of Scholarship and Award recipients

    At the recent HSANZ Education Day and AGM, President Leanne Berkahn and Vice President Steven Lane announced a number of awards.

    Congratulations firstly to three new Life Members of HSANZ:

    Linda Campbell from Melbourne

    Kathryn Crosier from Nelson, New Zealand and

    Paul Vincent from Sydney


    Congratulations to Scholarship and Fellowship awardees 

    Leukaemia Foundation PhD Scholarship recipients:

    Basit Salik - QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

    Julian Grabek - QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

    HSANZ New Investigator Clinical Fellowship

    Katherine Creeper

    Allison Barraclough

    The Society wishes to thank Janssen for their contribution to these scholarships

    Albert Baikie Medal and award 

    Danielle Oh 

  • 20 Oct 2020 10:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Centre for Blood Transplant and Cell Therapies (CBTCT) brings together the largest allogeneic stem cell transplant units in Australia with a focus on identifying transplant and cell therapy strategies to reduce graft versus host disease and improve patient and disease outcomes after transplant.

    In this webinar series, investigators from the CBTCT will review major topics in stem cell transplantation and cell therapy, highlighting how the activities of the CBTCT are addressing current challenges in stem cell transplantation.

    The final seminar of the 2020 CBTCT webinar series features Professor David Curtis reviewing the significance and potential management approaches to minimal residual disease in the peri-allogeneic blood transplant setting, followed by Professor David Ritchie highlighting the importance of the cellular therapies laboratory with the emergence of commercially available chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapies.

    Speakers:

    Professor David Curtis – The Alfred Hospital and Monash University

    Professor David Ritchie – Royal Melbourne Hospital and the University of Melbourne

    When: Monday 26 October 2020, 12pm AEDT

    Link to webinar:

    Link to CBTCT website for all webinar recordings:

    Link for information flyer
  • 7 Oct 2020 1:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ALLG October Virtual Scientific Meeting

    12 - 16 October 2020

    This is a fully packed five-day event for the Haematology Community – NOT your traditional ‘ALLG clinical trials’ meeting.

    The sessions are diverse with updates in the following streams:  Clinical Practice, How to Treat, Improving Practice and Process in research flow, Educational, Training, Research and Technology updates.

    Speakers are local key leaders, International clinicians, and medical and scientific leaders from industry.

    The SAC are leading x8 disease specific plenary sessions -  by Peter Mollee, Jake Shortt, Nada Hamad, Eliza Hawkes, Tara Cochrane, David Ross, David Yeung, Zoe McQuilten, Stephen Mulligan and Andrew Wei.

    If you are involved in the trial program the Working Party Leaders are conducting smaller research discussion meetings – check your meeting rosters!

    In addition, sessions the membership has indicated they would like to hear more about

    1. Rural/Regional/Teletrials update – Kate Burbury, Jock Simpson and Georgina Hodges.
    2. A NEW classical haematology session lead by Jeff Szer in which we will explore new ideas for research in this space
    3. A COVID Vaccine session as the Thursday evening event. We have been fortunate to have some leading Australians agree to present; Zoe McQuilten, Damian Purcell and Paul Young.

    The associate member event is a half day educational session with key members speaking and will be very high-quality education. Andrew Spencer, IngSoo Tiong, Chun Fong, and Naranie Shanmuganathan.

    The half day  clinical trial operations update for associate members will be an update on key clinical trial processes.

    Next week's sessions includes:

    1. What’s New in Haematology.  Jake Shortt leads a team of x8 members presentations.
    2. Blood Cancer Forum – Partnerships presentations from Andrew Roberts and community Foundations. Great way for members to keep up with the Foundations that support patients services, and hear about Foundation grant programs for 2021.
    3. Welcome new members and congratulations to our 10, 20, 30-year members by Rob Weinkove, an entertaining presentation to create good member vibes!

    HSANZ have a half day Education day on Tuesday 13 October, with the delivery of the Baikie Symposium and the Pitney Fellow address led by HSANZ President Leanne Berkahn and Vice President Steven Lane

    HSANZ has conducted a process to call for abstracts and successful abstracts will be presented.

    Support your colleagues and come along to this important event. This is a big deal in the professional haematologist's career, so join-in and cheer them on!

    Our opening session Monday 8am – 10am features Peter Mollee, Jake Shortt and Tracey Gerber.

    We have Katie Allen MP as a guest speaker and we also have John Seymour and Carrie Hillyard presenting as the National Blood Cancer Taskforce Co-Chairs.

    International speakers!

    This program includes a broad range of expert international presenters from all over the world. Some have provided recorded presentations but many are attending live …don’t’ miss this opportunity for engagement!

    Welcome to the Australia & New Zealand haematology community – Ajai Chari, Peter Borchmann, Gordon Cook, David Kurtz, and Konstanz Dohner

    To register now – please contact Lucy Chesterton 

     Click here for the program

  • 25 Sep 2020 4:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Centre for Blood Transplant and Cell Therapies (CBTCT) brings together the largest allogeneic stem cell transplant units in Australia with a focus on identifying transplant and cell therapy strategies to reduce graft versus host disease and improve patient and disease outcomes after transplant. In this webinar series, investigators from the CBTCT will review major topics in stem cell transplantation and cell therapy, highlighting how the activities of the CBTCT are addressing current challenges in stem cell transplantation. The fifth webinar in this series features two excellent speakers, with Dr Kate Markey highlighting the emerging significance of the microbiome in influencing outcomes following blood and marrow transplantation, followed by Elissa Atkins who will review the practical aspects of the regulatory requirements for the monitoring of recipients of immune effector cell therapy products.

    Speakers:

    Dr Kate Markey – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre / Weill Cornell Medical College

    Elissa Atkins – Westmead Hospital / Westmead Institute for Medical Research

    When: Thursday 1 October 2020, 8am AEST

    Link to webinar:

    Link to CBTCT website for all webinar recordings:

    PDF flyer

  • 24 Sep 2020 11:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Colleagues                       

    As you are aware, on 13 March 2020 the Australian Government listed a range of temporary items for specialist specific telehealth services (video and/or phone attendances) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Based on stakeholder advice, over 80 specialist specific items were listed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  These temporary items were due to cease on 30 September 2020.

    The Government has agreed to extend the COVID-19 specialist telehealth items in their current form, from 30 September 2020 to 31 March 2021, this extension period is based on advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC). Further information about the extension is available online at:  www.pm.gov.au/media/24-billion-health-plan-fight-covid-19

    The Department will continue to monitor the impacts of COVID-19, and should the AHPPC recommend a further extension of the current items beyond 31 March 2021, this matter will be brought back to Government for consideration.

    If you have any questions about the extension please email 

    Mary Warner 

    Director

    Medical Specialist Services Section

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    MBS Policy & Specialist Services Branch | Medical Benefits Division

    Australian Government Department of Health

    MDP 959, GPO Box 9848Canberra ACT 2601

  • 10 Sep 2020 9:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Centre for Blood Transplant and Cell Therapies (CBTCT) brings together the largest allogeneic stem cell transplant units in Australia with a focus on identifying transplant and cell therapy strategies to reduce graft versus host disease and improve patient and disease outcomes after transplant. In this webinar series, investigators from the CBTCT will review major topics in stem cell transplantation and cell therapy, highlighting how the activities of the CBTCT are addressing current challenges in stem cell transplantation. The fourth webinar of this series addresses developments in the field of cellular therapy in the management of two common post-allogeneic bone marrow transplant complications. Professor David Gottlieb will highlight the role of cell therapies in the treatment of opportunistic infections in the post-transplant period, while Dr Siok Tey will review novel cellular therapies for the treatment of graft vs host disease

    Speakers:

    Professor David Gottlieb – Westmead Hospital / University of Sydney

    Dr Siok Tey - Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital / QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

    When: Thursday 3 September 2020, 8am AEST

    Link to webinar

    Link to CBTCT website for all webinar recordings

    For more information

  • 7 Sep 2020 3:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A reminder of changes for the 2020 CPD year only.

    The RACP recognises that the innovation and learning it is currently seeing from our medical profession is perhaps the ultimate CPD. The RACP will not take action if you cannot meet CPD requirements in 2020. You are not required to record CPD activities that you have completed in 2020, and the College will not be monitoring or auditing your 2020 CPD record.

    The Medical Board of Australia has stated that AHPRA will not take action if you cannot meet the CPD registration standard when you renew your medical registration in 2020.

    The Medical Council of New Zealand has waived recertification requirements for 2020.

    For more information visit the MyCPD interactive handbook  or contact the MyCPD Unit in Australia on 1300 697 227 or at MyCPD@racp.edu.au and in New Zealand on +64 4 460 8122 or at MyCPD@racp.org.nz

  • 28 Aug 2020 10:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Call for HSANZ Members to submit original research abstracts for the Baikie Symposium. HSANZ day of the ALLG Scientific Meeting, Tuesday 13 October, 2020. 

    • Unfortunately, Blood2020 has been postponed in view of the travel restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

      To ensure that we can continue offer our fellow Haematologists and trainees the best opportunity to access the latest local and international research, HSANZ are delighted to be partnering with ALLG to offer a one-day session on 13 October 2020. 

      In particular, we will offer the 2020 Baikie symposium and award for the best research by a HSANZ  Full, Trainee or Associate member. HSANZ encourages  members to submit an abstract for an oral presentation. The Committee seeks original papers that address scientific questions, demonstrate new research / developments or contain original scientific results related to haematology. 

      All abstract submissions must be sent in a Word document to admin@hsanz.org.au.  The submission deadline is 11.59pm Sunday 20 September 2020 AEST. Acceptance of Abstracts will be confirmed by email in late September. Unfortunately, due to the tight deadline, we cannot consider any extensions of the deadline this year.

      The Baikie Award will be made for the best Abstract presented by a trainee. Criteria

      Eligibility:

    • Must be a financial Member of HSANZ
    • All author(s) must approve of submitting this work for presentation, and the submitting author needs to be available to present the abstract if selected for the program. Authors need to notify the HSANZ Secretariat if they are unable to present or if the presenting author is changed. The presentation will be using a virtual platform.
    • Abstract titles should be short, descriptive and not contain abbreviations. Abstracts should be thoroughly checked for spelling and grammar before they are submitted online.
    • Abstracts can contain standard abbreviations (spelled out on first use), tables, pictures and diagrams, but should not include symbols (e.g. arrows, Greek symbols) nor languages other than English. 
    • The abstracts should be original work, not previously published
    • Only ONE abstract is to be nominated by each applicant
    • Previous winners of the award are ineligible 

    Abstract Submission Guidelines:

    -       The abstract must address scientific questions, detail clinical observations, or contain primary scientific data.

    -       Your name, degree, institution, address, phone number, and e-mail address must be provided. 

    -       The corresponding author should be the first author (presenter) of the abstract, unless otherwise noted during submission.


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