Prof Claire Wakefield
SIOP Oceania represents SIOP members who reside in Oceania countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Palau, Tuvalu and Nauru. While children with cancer in Australia and New Zealand benefit from access to comprehensive cancer care, most children in Oceania live in low- and middle-income countries, with limited resources. Common challenges in providing care for children with cancer in the Pacific Islands include a widely dispersed population, a lack of specialist expertise, limited access to cancer treatment, social and financial challenges for families, late diagnosis of cancer, and high rates of treatment non-completion in some countries.
SIOP Oceania therefore aims to:
- Improve knowledge about childhood cancer, and its management, in Oceania countries.
- Advocate for children with cancer across Oceania, including sharing advocacy and technical expertise to improve childhood cancer services
- Promote research to improve outcomes for childhood cancer patients in Oceania
- Facilitate education and training opportunities for SIOP Oceania members, including coordinating regional education initiatives for medical, nursing and allied health professionals
- Strengthen strategic partnerships in our region, including working in close partnership with the Australian and New Zealand Children’s Haematology/Oncology Group (ANZCHOG)
- Support implementation of the goals and objectives of SIOP in our region.