CIC Cancer Project Seminar

This seminar will give you an insight into the St John of God Subiaco Hospital CIC Cancer Project and value-based healthcare (VBHC) initiatives for patients.

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The CIC Cancer Project explores ways into better understanding value-based healthcare (VBHC) and the components necessary to introduce these concepts into healthcare for the Western Australian community. Some of these concepts include measurement of patient-reported outcomes, effective informatics infrastructure, and measuring costs. 

An overview will also be provided about what can be learnt from measuring patient experience, how the patient care pathway can be improved to create better patient outcomes and the impact of VBHC from the perspective of the primary care sector.


  • What is VBHC and why measure patient-reported outcomes? presented by Professor Christobel Saunders
  • IT systems and data collection presented by Dr Alexius Julian
  • Defining value from a health economics perspective presented by Associate Professor Richard Norman
  • International, national and local results of the 'All can patient experience of care survey' and what do they mean? presented for Professor Christobel Saunders
  • Patient experience of care in lung cancer patients presented by Dr Phoebe Brownwell
  • What does capture of patient-reported outcomes mean to patients? presented by Mr Tim Benson
  • Panel discussion and Q&A session with all presenters and Dr Nick Forgione and Mary Kepert
  • Where to now? presented by Professor Christobel Saunders


Professor Christobel Saunders, Head, Division of Surgery/Professor Surgical Oncology at UWA and Director Breast Cancer Research/Consultant Surgeon SJoG Subiaco Hospital

Professor Christobel Saunders AO, MB BS, FRCS, FRACS, FAAHMS is internationally recognised as one of Australia’s most prominent research-orientated cancer surgeons. She has substantially contributed to many clinical aspects of breast cancer research including clinical trials of new treatments, psychosocial, translational and health services research and is active in several areas of surgical oncology cancer research, with a particular emphasis on breast cancer. She was recently awarded a $9m dollar grant to undertake research into value based healthcare in WA.

Dr Alexius Julian

A graduate of medicine from the University of Western Australia, Alexius worked at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital for his early clinical years before being appointed as a Clinical Lead in ICT for the Fiona Stanley Hospital commissioning team, and as a Medical Leadership Advisor at the Health Department's Institute for Health Leadership. Alexius served as the Chief Medical Information Officer for St John of God Health Care, helping to determine IT strategy for the Group’s 17 hospitals.

In his roles, Alexius has provided the link between the technical IT delivery teams and the clinicians at the coal-face, has been a part of and overseen large and small transformational projects, and led large teams when serving as the Acting Director of St John of God’s 200 strong Digital and Technology Team.

Alexius is also a serving member of the Board for Child and Adolescent Health Service, responsible for Perth Children’s’ Hospital and its associated Community and Mental Health services.  He has a passion for health care and technology and moved into a phase of his career where he is focusing on start-ups and commercialisation in the health space and broader technology space.

Assoc. Professor Richard Norman, Senior Research Fellow, School of Public Health, Curtin University

Associate Professor Richard Norman is a Health Economist and academic at Curtin University. He recently completed an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship looking at the valuation of health for use in economic evaluation. Richard has a demonstrated history of research and policy work focused on ways to value health through developing and disseminating cost-effectiveness analyses in healthcare to help policy makers make transparent and consistent decisions. He sits on the Economics Sub-Committee of the PBAC, and chairs Euroqol’s Valuation Working Group.

Dr Phoebe Brownwell, WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network Research Fellow RPH and SJOG Midland

Dr Phoebe Brownell is an Advanced Trainee in General Medicine and aims to dual train in Respiratory Medicine. Phoebe was awarded a Research Fellowship by the WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network in 2019 and is working on the CIC Cancer Project to establish the lung cancer streams at Royal Perth Hospital and SJoG Midland Hospital. She has also commenced a Master of Clinical Research and is hoping to contribute to respiratory research throughout the course of her career.

Mr Time Benson, Consumer, CIC Cancer Consumer Reference Group

Mr Tim Benson was diagnosed with prostate cancer in September 2017. He has also acted as a carer for his wife and father in law. Tim has represented consumers on a number of local, state, federal and international platforms, such as Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Radiology, World Health Organisation, North Metropolitan Health Service Community Advisory Council, Diabetes Australia’s Medical, Education and Scientific Advisory Council, and Organ Donation and Transplant Foundation of WA.


Date: Tuesday 27 August 2019
Time: 6.00pm registration and refreshments, 6.30pm – 8.30pm presentations and interactive Q&A session
Venue: Conference Centre Auditorium, St John of God Subiaco Hospital, 25 McCourt Street Subiaco


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