Welcome from ANZHNCS

ANZHNCS Co-Convenor’s Invitation

Every group has its time and its place. For those who treat patients with head and neck cancer, 2018 is the era of multidisciplinary care. In this age of increasing subspecialization, no one clinical specialty can offer optimal care to every head and neck cancer patient in isolation. We have had to learn new skills to function effectively within and to get the most out of our multidisciplinary tumour boards. We come together with the underlying premise that each team member knows something that we ourselves do not.

We each belong to our clinical specialty societies but the Australia New Zealand Head and Neck Cancer Society is unique in welcoming every member of the clinical team who treats head and neck cancer patients. This year we have the special opportunity of hearing from the International Society of Maxillofacial Reconstruction  (ISMR) in our first combined meeting. The ISMR bring a stellar cast of international clinicians with expertise in optimizing functional outcomes for Melbourne. The scientific committee has put together an outstanding local and international team of clinicians of all disciplines to provide a perspective on how the challenges of head and neck cancer treatment are approached throughout the world in 2018.

This meeting is for all clinicians involved in the treatment of head and neck cancer. It is an opportunity to renew old friendships and collaborations, and to make new connections, especially with our colleagues from the ISMR. I warmly invite you to Melbourne in July 2018 for the annual ANZHNCS and ISMR scientific meeting.

 

Tim Iseli FRACS
ENT Surgeon
Chairman Dept ENT Surgery
Royal Melbourne Hospital