Health Professional Forum - Colon Cancer Update

Please join the Cancer Society Wellington at the University of Otago Wellington for a Colon Cancer Update.


Small Lecture Theatre, University of Otago Wellington (Off Mein Street, Newtown)


4:30pm Registrations and refreshments

5:00-7:00pm Forum Session

To register, please contact Raewyn Sutton at


Our Keynote Speakers:

Microbes, Microbiota, and Colon Cancer

Professor Frank Frizelle

Professor of Surgery

Colorectal Surgeon



Inequities in Colon Cancer

Professor Diana Sarfati

Head of Department Professor, Director; Cancer and 

Chronic Conditions (C3)

research group



About our Keynote Speakers:

Professor Frank Frizelle, MB ChB MMedSc(Otago) FACS FRACS FNZMA FASCRS FRCSI(hon), is Professor of Colorectal Surgery at the University of Otago; Christchurch and colorectal surgeon at Christchurch Hospital.

He trained in general surgery in New Zealand before undertaking post-fellowship training in colorectal surgery at the Mayo Clinic, and Scotland. He returned to New Zealand in 1996 as a senior lecturer in surgery at the University of Otago, Christchurch, before being appointed Professor of Colorectal Surgery in 2000, and was Head of the Academic Department of Surgery from January 2006 to February 2019. Besides his FRACS Frank has  fellowships from the American College of Surgeons (FACS), The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (FASCRS), the New Zealand Medical Association (FNZMA), has an honorary fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (FRCSI) and is an honorary member of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACGBI).

Frank has been involved in many professional committees including the National Cancer Control Committee (2007-11), and has the Chairman of Section on Colon and Rectal Surgery (RACS), chairman  of the CSSANZ-RACS post-fellowship training board in colorectal surgery (member 2000-2014 Chairman 2011-13), Chair of the NZ Colorectal Cancer Management Guidelines (2008-10). Chair of the NZ National Bowel Tumour Standards (2012-14)

At present Frank is on the executive council of CSSANZ, on the board of MAS and associated companies, Chairman New Zealand of the prostate cancer outcome register, is a trustee in the Canterbury charity hospital and patron of the Canterbury stoma society.  He has been Editor in Chief of the New Zealand Medical Journal since 2002 and is a member of the ICMJE. Frank has published over 450 publications in peer-reviewed journals (H index 44) and given more than 250 presentations at national and international meetings.

Research interests

  • Management and outcomes of patients with colorectal cancer
  • The aetiology of sporadic colorectal cancer
  • Treatment for locally advanced and recurrent rectal cancer

Professor Diana Sarfati, MBChB, MPH, PhD, FNZCPHM, is a public health physician, cancer epidemiologist and health services researcher. She is Head of the Department of Public Health and the Director of the Cancer and Chronic Conditions (C3) Research Group at University of Otago, Wellington. She is currently a member of the New Zealand National Cancer Leadership Board (NZ), the Advisory Committee to International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) Pacific cancer hub, the Academic Advisory Committee to IARC on the International Cancer Benchmarking Project, and she is currently leading a Lancet Oncology series on cancer control in small island developing states.

Professor Sarfati has led a large body of research relating to ethnic disparities in cancer outcomes in New Zealand. This work has resulted in the identification of key patient and health system factors that influence cancer survival. It has been used extensively by health policy makers, clinicians and other researchers to develop policies and practices that aim to reduce inequities in cancer outcomes.

She also has research interests in the inter-relationships between cancer and comorbidity, screening and multimorbidity.

Professor Sarfati is a past member of the National Ethics Advisory Committee, National Screening Advisory Group, the Bowel Cancer Screening Taskforce, the National Bowel Cancer Working Group, the Board of the Cancer Society (Wellington Division), the Cancer Society Medical and Scientific Assessment Committee (Wellington) and the National Cancer Society Health Promotion Committee.


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