International speakers will join researchers, health professionals and regional stakeholders, when they come together to discuss the health disparity between urban and regional communities at public forums and lectures next week.
Resilient Regions Week, held in partnership with Cancer Council Queensland (CCQ), will include a public health forum and lecture in Toowoomba on Tuesday, July 11.
Residents are invited to attend and listen to international expert in cancer control and health sciences, Professor Heather Bryant, as well as Professor Anil D’Cruz, Chief of the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at Mumbai’s Tata Memorial Hospital in India.
Both will highlight how communities can work together to address inequalities in cancer outcomes in regional communities.
Professor Bryant will bring her knowledge and expertise as a clinical professor at the Department of Community Health Sciences and Oncology at the University of Calgary in Canada, and will share valuable insights regarding the implementation of cancer care models and health systems within countries experiencing geographic variations in care and outcomes.
Professor D’Cruz is internationally recognised for his work in late presentation cancer and high risk and underprivileged populations, as well as an expert in management of neck metastasis, laser surgery, and quality of life for cancer patients.
USQ Professor of Social and Behavioural Sciences Jeff Dunn AO urged anyone with an interest in promoting equity in regional health to attend the Toowoomba events.
“Ongoing research and translational initiatives to overcome the regional survival gap are essential to the attainment of health equity in our state,” Professor Dunn said.
“We’re pleased to be working with Cancer Council Queensland to lead global innovations in this field and hope that in doing so, we can help reduce the disparity between regional and city cancer survival rates. I look forward to helping drive discussions around closing the health and wellbeing gap at next week’s forum and lecture.”
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillan invited the Toowoomba community to join the public event to discuss how to achieve better health and lifestyles in regional communities.
“We are proud to partner with USQ to investigate ways of bridging the health divide by connecting with regional communities and world experts,” Ms McMillan said.
“All Queenslanders have the right to equitable health opportunities regardless of their economic, social, cultural or geographical situation. Our work to build resilient regions will not only save lives, it will make our lives better.”