Thursday 27th February

9:00 am12:00 pm

Join us at the Varian Brachytherapy Clinical Workshop
Thursday 27th February 9:00am – 12:00pm

BRAVOS HDR afterloader and Brachyvision 16

This workshop is specifically designed for Varian Brachytherapy users looking to advance and streamline their practice, as well as brachytherapy clinicians who are interested in learning about how Varian is inspiring people to power new victories against cancer.

Program:
Dr. Daniel Scanderbeg, Associate Professor at the Department of Radiation Medicine & Applied Science, University of California, San Diego, will be sharing his clinic’s experience with BRAVOS afterloader and how their treatment workflow has improved.

Hands-on session with Brachyvision 16 to explore how to generate complex clinical plans with confidence and reliability, in shorter planning time:
– Drive our brand-new volumetric optimizer “VEGO” to generate clinical plans with increased  speed.
– Subsequent fraction planning tools to quickly generate and review new plans based on the
initial fraction.

Use of clinical goals to:
– Quickly generate and evaluate plans.
– Evaluate multiple plans at the same time.

Morning Tea: 10:20am – 10:30am
Lunch: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Welcome Reception: 5:00pm – 7:00pm (Heritage Lounge, Rendezvous Hotel)

To register for the Clinical Workshop, please email Varian.Australasia@varian.com.
We look forward to welcoming you!

Ballroom

12:00 pm1:00 pm

Lunch provided for delegates attending the Varian and Elekta workshops

The Vestibule

1:00 pm4:30 pm

8th Oncentra Brachy User Group Meeting

“Put a needle in it: Interstitial 101”

Ballroom

5:00 pm7:30 pm

Welcome Reception

The Heritage Lounge, Rendezvous Hotel

Friday 28th February

7:30 am8:30 am

Registration

The Vestibule

8:30 am8:35 am

Call to Order and open meeting

Dr Andre Bece

Ballroom

8:35 am8:45 am

Welcome address

Associate Professor Gerry Hanna
Director of Radiation Oncology, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Ballroom

8:45 am9:30 am

Keynote speaker kindly sponsored by

 

 

Novel approaches and technical advances of locally advanced cervical cancer

Jyoti Mayadev
Medical Director of Gynaecologic Brachytherapy
University of California

Ballroom

9:30 am10:00 am
New FIGO staging (2018) of cervix cancer and its impact on treatment

Kailash Narayan
Consultant Radiation Oncologist
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Ballroom

10:00 am10:30 am

Morning tea 

The Atrium

10:30 am11:00 am
Prehabilitation and Surgery School – Getting patients fit and motivated in their pathway

Hilmy Ismail
Consultant Anaesthetist
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Ballroom

11:00 am11:30 am
Conservative Surgical Approaches in Gynaecological Cancer

Orla McNally
Associate Professor Orla McNally, Consultant Gynae-Oncologist

11:30 am12:00 pm

Keynote Speaker kindly sponsored by

 

 

Optimal management of stage 3B locally advanced cervical cancer with custom image guided brachytherapy

Jyoti Mayadev
Medical Director of Gynaecologic Brachytherapy
University of California

Ballroom

12:00 pm12:15 pm

Proffered paper

3D printed intracavitary brachytherapy moulds: A new workflow for improved efficiencies

Judith Martland
Medical Physicist
Northern Sydney Cancer Centre, RNSH

Ballroom

12:30 pm1:30 pm

Lunch 

1:30 pm1:45 pm
Implementing EMBRACE II – The Liverpool Experience

Karen Lim
Radiation Oncologist
Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre, Liverpool Hospital, Sydney, Australia

Ballroom

1:45 pm2:00 pm
2:00 pm2:15 pm
Is it sensible to modulate ‘angular intensity’ in HDR brachytherapy for cervix cancer?

Adam Yeo
Senior Physicist
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Ballroom

2:15 pm3:00 pm

Panel discussion with audience participation

Education and Training Needs of Rad Oncs, Radiation Therapists and Physicists in Brachytherapy 

Dr David Kok
Consultant Radiation Oncologist Director of Training, Peter MacCallum Cancer Center

Dr Sylvia van Dyk PhD
Charge Brachytherapist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Dr Adam Yeo
Senior Physicist Education and Training, Peter McCallum Cancer Centre

Representatives from each craft group will give overview of existing training requirements and highlight future wants and needs

Ballroom

3:00 pm3:30 pm

Afternoon tea 

The Atrium

3:30 pm4:00 pm
Oncoanaesthesia – reducing perioperative cancer risk

Jonathon Hiller
Consultant Anaesthetist
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Ballroom

4:00 pm4:30 pm
IORT for breast cancer with electronic brachytherapy (Xoft®) at the Monash Medical Centre: indications, clinical outcomes and economic analysis

Steven David
Consultant Radiation Oncologist
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Oona Reardon
Associate Health Economics Manager
Covance

Wei Mou Lim
General Surgery Fellow

Ballroom

4:30 pm5:30 pm

Annual General Meeting of the Australasian Brachytherapy Group 

All members welcome 

Ballroom

7:00 pm11:00 pm

Conference Dinner

Taxi Kitchen, Fed Square

Saturday 29th February

7:30 am8:30 am

Registration

The Vestibule

8:30 am9:00 am

Keynote Speaker

Professor Siddartha Laskar
Radiation Oncologist, Tata Memorial Hospital Mumbai

Brachytherapy for sarcoma 

Ballroom

9:00 am9:30 am
Prostate HDR Monotherapy: the dangers of early reporting and misuse of the alpha/beta ratio

Gerard Morton
Radiation Oncologist
Odette Cancer Centre Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Canada

Ballroom

9:30 am10:00 am
Identifying factors which contribute to accurate seed placement in LDR prostate brachytherapy

William Keough
Physicist Head of Brachytherapy
Edinburgh Cancer Centre

Ballroom

10:00 am10:30 am

Morning tea 

The Atrium

10:30 am10:45 am
Characterising the molecular and immunological responses of prostate cancer to high-dose rate brachytherapy using the RadBank cohort

Simon Keam PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Tumour Suppression Laboratory Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Ballroom

10:45 am11:00 am
Addressing the challenges of prostate cancer radiobiology using the RadBank cohort

Scott Williams
Consultant Radiation Oncologist
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Ballroom

11:00 am11:15 am
On the use of a CMRP-designed fibre-optic system for HDR Brachytherapy quality assurance

Mohammed Al Towairqi
PhD Student
University of Wollongong

Ballroom

11:15 am11:30 am
A brachytherapy process review and TG100 failure mode effect analysis during replacement of a brachytherapy system.

Emily Flower
Senior Radiation Oncology Medical Physicist
Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre, Westmead

Ballroom

11:30 am11:45 am
Surface reconstruction of humanoid phantoms using photogrammetry techniques

Corey Bridger
Higher Degree by Research Candidate (PhD)
School of Physical Science, University of Adelaide

Ballroom

11:45 am12:30 pm

Panel discussion with audience participation

Global view of Brachytherapy

Dr Surbhi Grover
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, University of Botswana

Catherine Beaufort OAM
Radiation Therapist, Radiation Therapy Site Manager, Gippsland Radiation Oncology

Nikki Shelton
Senior Physicist, Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre

The global cancer burden is keenly felt in developing countries who often have limited access to training, education, infrastructure and resources. This panel will hear about the experiences of three people who work in developing countries to improve access to cancer in our region and around the world.

They will also discuss ways the brachytherapy community can participate and assist.

Ballroom

12:30 pm1:30 pm

Lunch

The Atrium

1:30 pm2:00 pm

Keynote Speaker 

Professor Siddartha Laskar
Oncologist, Tata Menorial Hospital Mumbai

Paediatric brachytherapy 

Ballroom

2:00 pm2:15 pm
2:15 pm3:00 pm

Panel discussion with audience participation

Urology Brachy Q&A
Modelled on ABC TV program Q&A

Moderator: Associate Professor Sandra Turner, Radiation Oncologist Westmead

Panel:

Associate Professor Gerard Morton
Radiation Oncologist, Sunnybrook Canada

Dr William Keough PhD
Physicist, Edinburgh

Dr Joseph Bucci
Radiation Oncologist, St George Cancer Centre Sydney

Dr Bronwyn Matheson
Radiation Oncologist, Alfred Hospital Melbourne

Dr Ben Hindson
Radiation Oncologist, Christchurch Hospital New Zealand

Professor Kevin Hindle
Patient

Associate Professor Nathan Lawrentschuk
Urologist

Conference registrants will be asked to submit questions prior to the conference. Questions will be reviewed by the organising committee and moderator. Registrant will be called on during session to read out question. 

All urological/brachytherapy topics are welcome 

Ballroom

3:00 pm3:30 pm

Afternoon tea 

The Atrium

3:30 pm3:45 pm
4:00 pm4:15 pm
4:15 pm4:30 pm

Poster Presentations x 3

Clinical base and apex doses in RU106 plaque treatments for choroidal melanoma – Lotte Fog

 

Intrauterine Gynae BT Outcomes from an Australasian IU Gynae HDR Survey – Wendy Phillips

 

Early experience with Advanced Gynecological Applicaotr (Venezia) – Hema Vaithianathan

Ballroom

4:30 pm5:20 pm

Panel discussion with audience participation

BYO and Takeaway 

Moderator: Dr Sarat Chander
Consultant Radiation Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Melbourne

Panel:
Associate Professor Gerard Morton

Dr Jyoti Mayadev

Dr William Keough

Professor Siddartha Laskar

Conference registrants will be asked to submit technical dilemmas, planning problems, interesting case studies (how we did it, what we learned from this). 

Information will be condensed to a single slide and presented by moderator who will ask panel to give commentary, advice, workshop answers. 

Questions about all aspects of brachytherapy and all tumour sites are welcome. 

 

5:20 pm5:30 pm

Closing address

ABG Chairman Dr Andrej Bece
Radiation Oncologist, St George Cancer Centre Sydney

Announcement: Next ABG meeting

Ballroom