Australia and New Zealand's responsibilities in improving oncology services in the Asia-Pacific: A call to action

Brooke E. Wilson, Adrian M.J. Pokorny, Sathira Perera, Michael B. Barton, Desmond Yip, Christos S. Karapetis, Iain G. Ward, Simon Downes, Mei Ling Yap

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Aim: To review the expected increasing demand for cancer services among low and middle-income countries (LMICs) in the Asia-Pacific (APAC), and to describe ways in which Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) can provide support to improve cancer outcomes in our region. Methods: We first review the current and projected incidence of cancer within the APAC between 2018 and 2040, and the estimated demand for chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. We then explore potential ways in which ANZ can increase regional collaborations to improve cancer outcomes. Results: We identify 6 ways that ANZ can collaborate with LMICs to improve cancer care in the APAC through the ANZ Regional Oncology Collaboration Strategy:. Increasing education and institutional collaborations in the APAC region through in-country training, twinning partnerships, observerships and formalised training programs in order to increase cancer care quality and capacity. Promoting and assisting in the establishment and maintenance of population-based cancer registries in LMICs. Increasing research capacity in LMICs through collaboration and promoting high quality global oncology research within ANZ. Engaging and training Australian and New Zealand clinicians in global oncology, increasing awareness of this important career path, and increasing health policy engagement. Increasing web-based endeavours through virtual tumour boards, web-based advocacy platforms and web-based teaching programs. Continuing to leverage for funding through professional bodies, government, industry, not-for-profit organisations and local hospital funds. Conclusion: We propose the creation of an Australian and New Zealand Interest Group to provide formalised and sustained collaboration between researchers, clinicians and stakeholders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-142
Number of pages10
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number1
Early online date2021
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022


  • cancer care in the Asia-Pacific
  • global oncology
  • regional cancer collaborations


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