South Australia Branch Meeting: Extending Cancer Registry Data for Monitoring Cancer Control

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The South Australian Branch of the Statistical Society would like to invite you to the August talk of the 2016 program. Please note that this talk will be on a Thursday night in September!


Venue: Basement Room 18 (B18) Ingkarni Wardli Building, North Terrace, Adelaide University.

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***Please note that most entrance doors to Adelaide University buildings close at 6pm so make sure you arrive in time for the talk.



5.30pm – Refreshments.

6.05pm – General Meeting Talk.

7.30 pm – A dinner will be held after the meeting at Lemongrass Thai Bistro, 289 Rundle Street, Adelaide.

Please rsvp for dinner to [email protected] by 29th August.


Speaker: Professor David Roder (University of South Australia)


Topic: Extending Cancer Registry Data for Monitoring Cancer Control


Abstract: Australian population-based registries have comprehensive geographic coverage and include data on all cancers except non-melanoma skin lesions. They enable monitoring of cancer incidence, mortality, prevalence and survival by sociodemographic characteristics, and cancer site and histology, plus secular trends.

The data are thin, however, excluding information on cancer stage, other prognostic characteristics, co-morbidity, patterns of care, treatment side effects, cancer progression and recurrence, and late effects. These data are sought through clinical cancer registries for selected patient groups and through data linkage of population-based cancer registries with inpatient data, radiotherapy centre data, health insurance data (MBS/PBS), screening and vaccination registries, and patient self-reporting.

The comparative advantages and disadvantages of these data strategies are discussed. The availability of government funded data linkage units at Commonwealth and State/Territory level is described, along with remote access facilities for data analysis and secure data storage.



Since 2011 David Roder has been Chair of Cancer Epidemiology and Population Health at the University South Australia in collaboration with Cancer Council SA’s Beat Cancer Project. He is also employed under contract by Cancer Australia, the NSW Cancer Institute, and Cancer Council SA. He has been a WHO consultant in Mongolia, Malaysia and Indonesia, and has worked under contract to the Malaysian, South Australian and New Zealand Government.


He presently Chairs the National Cervical Cancer Quality Safety Monitoring Committee, the Australian Prostate Clinical Cancer Registry Steering Committee, the National Prostate Cancer Health Research Outcomes Unit, CanTeen Youth Cancer Service Data Advisory Panel, and Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care Interactive Atlas Committee. He sits on a range of other advisory, data set specification, accreditation and redevelopment committees.


He has authored over 240 peer-reviewed research publications and is active in research both as a researcher and research reviewer for numerous international journals and research funding bodies and has reviewed research units in SA, WA, NSW, Qld, Victoria, Tasmania and nationally.


David Roder’s research interests are broad, but with a focus on cancer, health-services evaluation, safety and quality monitoring, and data-infrastructure development, and with an additional emphasis on data linkage. As Deputy Chair of the SA Government HREC, and member of the Population Health Research Network of Australia’s Privacy Committee, he is interested in, and is optimising data use through data linkage within legal and ethical constraints.



Feel free to forward this meeting notice to colleagues, all welcome.



Paul Sutcliffe


SA Branch

Statistical Society of Australia

Tel. 0438 446 064

[email protected]


South Australia Branch Meeting: Extending Cancer Registry Data for Monitoring Cancer Control
When: 01/09/2016
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Basement Room 18 (B18) Ingkarni Wardli Building, Adelaide University,
North Terrace,
South Australia 5001

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