The 25th AGITG Annual Scientific Meeting was held for the first time in Aotearoa New Zealand and attended by over 350 delegates from oncological practice, community and industry.

Held in Ōtautahi/Christchurch on 13–16 November 2023, this year’s ASM focused on the theme ‘Navigating Pathways to Equity in GI Cancer Research’, intended to address the pressing need to extend access and increase equity to therapeutic options across regional, rural and remote areas, as well as culturally diverse and First Nations populations.

Read on for our overview of the 2023 Meeting – or listen to The Oncology Podcast‘s wrap-up episode, featuring Co-Convenor Dr Ben Lawrence and International Invited Faculty A/Prof Katherine Garman.

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#AGITG23: Day One

Monday, 13 November 2023

Before the Opening Plenary on Tuesday, attendees were invited to join our Monday program: the all-day Community and Study Coordinator Workshop, the Meihana Model Workshop and the CommNETs Workshop.

Community and Study Coordinator Workshop

In this workshop, delegates and speakers focussed on ‘on the ground’ practical approaches to enable and encourage equity and inclusion in clinical trials. The workshop began with mihi whakatau by Professor George Laking, Dr Mark Jeffrey, Jan Mumford and Dr Ben Lawrence, followed by a short workshop led by Community Advisory Panel member Jodie Collins on how to connect to our mihi. Sessions shone a spotlight on decentralised clinical trials, or teletrials, in Australia and New Zealand, engaging rural, regional and remote patients as well as culturally responsive frameworks in GI cancer clinical research.

Meihana Model Workshop

In this workshop, Professor Suzanne Pitama facilitated attendees’ learning of the Meihana Model. Created by Prof Pitama and her team in 2007, the Meihana Model is a groundbreaking clinical assessment framework intended to underpin treatment decisions with culturally appropriate Māori care and can be used by both Māori and non-Māori health practitioners.

“Professor Suzanne Pitama’s excellent hands-on Meihana Model workshop [had] the audience being challenged to demonstrate its translation into practice through pictorial interpretation,” said Libby Rea-Brownlee, recipient of an AGITG education grant.

“Attending the Annual Scientific Meeting 2023 has inspired me to incorporate the Meihana Model into my own research and oncology nursing practice.”

CommNETs and AGITG Trial Pitch and Workshop Session

This combined workshop saw members of AGITG and CommNETs meeting, presenting and workshopping clinical trial proposals. The CommNETs meeting was also held in Aotearoa New Zealand for the first time and was attended by over 40 attendees. A more in-depth overview is available from NECA here.

The day concluded with a networking event at the iconic Christchurch Town Hall.


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