Policy Forum for Ireland

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Next steps for cancer services in Ireland

Morning, Thursday, 7th March 2024


This conference focuses on priorities for developing cancer services in Ireland.


It will be a timely opportunity to discuss next steps for implementation of measures in the Department of Health’s National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026.


Delegates will examine progress and latest thinking on tackling key challenges including providing timely access to care and reducing the high waiting lists for accessing cancer treatment, including the impact on elective care of the development of health regions as part of ongoing Sláintecare reform. The agenda also looks at issues around inequalities in screening and treatment, addressing funding concerns and raising awareness.


There will be discussion on strategies for building on progress that has been made, such as improvements in cancer survivability and quality of life, as well as recruitment within the cancer workforce.


The way forward for cancer research in Ireland will also be discussed, looking at developing innovative cancer treatments, and options for improving north-south collaboration.


Further sessions assess priorities for cancer services in light of ongoing Sláintecare reform, and following the Sláintecare Implementation Strategy to 2023.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Professor Juliette Hussey, Professor in Physiotherapy, Trinity College Dublin; Professor Mark Lawler, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor of Digital Health and Chair in Translational Cancer Genomics, Queen’s University Belfast; and Averil Power, Chief Executive, Irish Cancer Society.


The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from the Department of Health, ROI; Department of Health, NI; and both Houses of the Oireachtas.



Keynote Speakers

Professor Mark Lawler

Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor of Digital Health and Chair in Translational Cancer Genomics, Queen’s University Belfast

Averil Power

Chief Executive, Irish Cancer Society

Professor Juliette Hussey

Professor in Physiotherapy, Trinity College Dublin

Keynote Speakers

Professor Juliette Hussey

Professor in Physiotherapy, Trinity College Dublin

Professor Mark Lawler

Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor of Digital Health and Chair in Translational Cancer Genomics, Queen’s University Belfast

Averil Power

Chief Executive, Irish Cancer Society

Speakers

Richard Flaherty

Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Care West

Dr Thomas Hofmarcher

Research Director, The Swedish Institute for Health Economics

Eileen Nolan

Programme Manager, National Cancer Control Programme, Dublin

Professor Seamus O’Reilly

Consultant Medical Oncologist, University College Cork

Professor Michael Kerin

Chair of Surgery, University of Galway; and Director, Saolta University Cancer Network

Olivia Brereton

SIPTU National Radiation Therapist Executive Member