Plenary speakers


The 2018 Congress brings top-notch plenary speakers who will spark innovative thinking and ignite new perspectives on cancer control and public health issues.

Wednesday 3 October
Dr. Sanjeev Arora, US
Dr Arora is the Founder & Director of Project ECHO, and the distinguished Professor of Medicine with tenure in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Medicine.
Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) dramatically improves both capacity and access to specialty care for rural and underserved populations by linking expert inter-disciplinary specialist teams with primary care clinicians through teleECHO™ clinics, in which the experts mentor primary care clinicians to help them manage their patient cases and share their expertise via mentoring, guidance, feedback and didactic education. This helps rural clinicians develop knowledge and self-efficacy so they can adopt research findings and deliver best practice care for complex and chronic health conditions.
Dr Arora will explore the applicability of the ECHO model to cancer control, and how the initiative could contribute in achieving universal health coverage.


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Dr. M. R. Rajagopal, India
Dr Rajagopal is a renowned palliative care physician as well as the Founder & Chairman of Pallium, a palliative care non-governmental organisation based in Kerala, India. In 2014, Dr Rajagopal was honored by Human Rights Watch with Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism, in recognition of his tireless efforts to defend the right of patients to live and die with dignity.
Dr Rajagopal will focus on palliative care as a human right for cancer patients.
Kirsty Sword Gusmao


Ms Kirsty Sword Gusmao, Australia

Ms Sword Gusmão AO is a breast cancer survivor and the founding director of the Alola Foundation which seeks to improve the lives of women in Timor-Leste. The Foundation’s motto is “Strong Women, Strong Nation” and it has a strong record of enabling girls to complete their secondary schooling as well as contributing to a dramatic reduction in rates of infant mortality through promotion of exclusive breastfeeding, family planning and immunisation.


In 2015, Kirsty Sword Gusmão was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her distinguished service to Australia-East Timor relations through the development of mutual co-operation and understanding, particularly in the education sector, and as an advocate for improved health and living conditions for the Timorese people.


She was also awarded the Order of Timor – Leste in May 2016 for her significant contribution to Timor Leste’s independence struggle and the well-being of its people. Kirsty Sword Gusmão now lives in Melbourne with her three teenage sons.

Ms Sword Gusmão will call for a life-course approach to women's health to reach the NCD-related targets within the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 during her plenary talk.

Thursday 4 October


Dr Frank J. Chaloupka, US
Dr Chaloupka is a Research Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Administration of the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. An economist internationally recognized for his study of the economics of tobacco control, he directs IHRP's Health Policy Center. 

Dr Chaloupka will cover the impact of economic, policy and environmental influences on health behaviours with a focus on taxation across tobacco, unhealthy food and alcohol.

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Dr Rob Moodie, Australia
Dr Moodie is the eminent Professor of Public Health at the College of Medicine, University of Malawi, and Professor of Public Health at the University of Melbourne's School of Population and Global Health (MSPGH). He chairs the Gavi Vaccine Alliance’s Evaluation Advisory Committee, and advises the World Health Organization in the areas of Non Communicable Diseases and Health Promotion. 
Dr Moodie will talk about the transferability of prevention strategies from high resource countries to low resource countries.