About

Dr Sabe Sabesan is the clinical dean of the Northern Clinical Training Network-Townsville, a joint training venture between James Cook University and the Townsville Hospital and Health Services and the director of the department of Medical oncology at the Townsville Cancer Centre, Townsville Hospital. He is a nationally and internationally recognised expert in the area of teleoncology and developed and evaluated various teleoncology models of care to deliver rural cancer care closer to home including the Queensland Remote Chemotherapy Supervision (QReCS) model which is adopted by the Queensland Health and the My- FATE education model (My Family’s Anti-Tobacco Education). He is the program lead for the Tropical Centre for Telehealth Practice and Research, a joint initiative between the Townsville hospital and the AITHM.

 His research collaboration includes the Menzies School of health research, various Australian clinical trial groups and clinicians and academics within Queensland Health and James Cook University in the areas of telehealth, rural and Indigenous health. Internationally, he collaborates with clinicians from SriLanka and India in the area of telehealth. To date, he has received more than $7 million in grants as a CI and PI relating to NHMRC, Cancer Institute of NSW and Queensland Health Innovation funds.  Dr Sabesan has contributed to the development of ANZ melanoma and prostate cancer guidelines and RACP telehealth and telesupervision guidelines. As a member of the oncology education committee, he has contributed to the development of ideal oncology curriculum for medical students and edited the web book “Clinical Onbcology for medical students” in collaboration with all 20 medical schools in Australia and New Zealand on behalf of the Cancer Council of Australia. 

 As a passionate advocate for medical training and rural and Indigenous health, he serves as a steering committee member of the Queensland Clinical Senate and the Statewide Rural and Remote Clinical Networks, member of the telesupervision and specialists training program working groups of the Royal Australian College of Physicians, oncology education committee of the Cancer Council of Australia and the current chair of the rural and regional group of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia.

Teaching
  • MD4011: Integrated Pathology and Clinical Medicine Part 1 of 3 (Level 4; TSV)
  • MD4012: Integrated Pathology and Clinical Medicine Part 2 of 3 (Level 4; TSV)
  • MD4013: Integrated Pathology and Clinical Medicine Part 3 of 3 (Level 4; TSV)
  • MD5010: Integrated Clinical Practice Part 1 of 3 (Level 5; TSV)
  • MD5020: Integrated Clinical Practice Part 2 of 3 (Level 5; TSV)
  • MD5030: Integrated Clinical Practice Part 3 of 3 (Level 5; TSV)
  • MD6010: Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 1 of 3 (Level 6; TSV)
  • MD6020: Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 2 of 3 (Level 6; TSV)
  • MD6030: Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 3 of 3 (Level 6; TSV)
Interests
Research
  • Completed: 2014 Remote chemotherapy model in North Queensland, Honours project, James Cook University
  • Completed: 2014 Role of telesupervision for trainees, Honours project, James Cook University
  • Completed: 2013 Safety of teleoncology, Advanced trainee projects, Royal Australian College of Physicians
  • Completed: 2012 Teleoncology for Indigenous patients, Advanced trainee projects, Royal Australian College of Physicians
  • Completed: 2011 Cost analysis of teleoncology, Advanced trainee projects, Royal Australian College of Physicians
  • Completed: 2010 Effectiveness of low dose weekly cisplatin in head and neck cancers, Advanced trainee projects, Royal Australian College of Physicians
Teaching
  • Development and Coordination of Oncology curriculum, James Cook University
  • Coordination of oncology clinical placement
  • Contribution to the development of ANZ melanoma guidelines, Cancer Council of Australia
  • Contribution to the development of ANZ prostate guidelines, Cancer Council of Australia
  • Supervision of medical oncology advanced trainees, RACP
  • Strategic vertical and horizontal integration of medical training across Townsville region
  • Telehealth models of care, Rural and Indigenous health, Medical training Health Service delivery and research
Experience
  • 2012 to present - Clinical Dean, Northern Clinical Training Network-Townsville & Director of Medical Oncology, Townsville Cancer Centre (Townsville)
  • 2004 to present - Senior Medical Oncologist, Townsville Hospital (Townsville)
  • 2014 - Acting Director of Research, Townsville Hospital (Townsville)
  • 2004 to 2012 - Senior Lecturer and coordinator of oncology education, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2002 to 2003 - Visiting scientist, Queensland Institute of Medical Research (Brisbane)
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • Townsville hospital Private practice trust fund: Patterns of care of lung and head and neck cancers among rural NQ patients, Principal investigator, Grant 189,000$ over 2 years.
  • 2014 - Best oral presentation at the Medical Oncology Group of Australia ASM 2014, Sydney
  • 2010 - Finalist at the Qld premier’s award for public service 2010
  • 2009 - Queensland Health Telehealth roll out, Project: Townsville Teleoncology Network, AUD866,000 over 3 years.
  • 2013 to 2017 - Strategic Research Partnership to improve cancer control for Indigenous Australians (STREP Ca-CIndA) $2,434,430 , Cancer Council NSW, Managed by Menzies
  • 2012 to 2017 - Centre of Research Excellence in Discovering Indigenous Strategies to improve Cancer Outcomes via Engagement, Research Translation and Training (DISCOVER –TT) $2,499,998, NHMRC #1041111Managed by Menzies
  • 2013 to 2016 - Health Innovation Fund-Queensland Health, Project: North Queensland Remote Chemotherapy Supervision Project, Project lead, AUD2.4 Million over 3 years
  • 2013 to 2016 - North Queensland Remote chemotherapy Supervision project, $2,400,000, Health Innovation Fund, Queensland Health Managed by THHS
  • 2011 to 2013 - A comparative study: Patterns of Care, Comorbidities and Quality of Life of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people with lung, head & neck, breast or gynaecological cancers, $610,731, NHMRC #1004643, Managed by Menzies
Memberships
  • Member of the Australian Gastro Intestinal Trialist Collaborative Group
  • Member of the melanoma guideline working group – Cancer Council of Australia
  • Member of the Australian, American and European Societies of Medical Oncology.
  • Member of the Oncology Education Committee- Cancer Council of Australia.
  • Member of the executive committee of the Queensland Co-operative Oncology Group – Queensland Cancer Fund.
  • 2015 to 2017 - Exec member Queensland Clinical senate
  • 2013 to 2016 - QH Telehealth Governance Committee
Other
  • 2013 - Strategic planning committee of the Statewide Cancer Network
  • 2004 - Oncology Education Committee, Cancer Council, Australia
  • 2014 to 2015 - Chair- Regional and rural group, Clinical Oncology Society of Australia
  • 2012 to 2015 - QLD Statewide rural and remote clinical network
  • 2012 to 2013 - RACP Telehealth working party
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 44+ research outputs authored by Prof Sabe Sabesan from 2005 onwards.

Current Funding

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Department of Health - Contract Research

National Research Project on Remote Radiology Assessment Service Delivery

Indicative Funding
$350,000 over 3 years
Summary
This project will investigate outcomes of the BreastScreen Australia remote radiology assessment trial at sites through9out Australia. Engaging a remote radiologist may assist with overcoming many challenges associated with providing health services in a regional, rural or remote location. This project seeks to ensure that the alternative model of service delivery is appropriate for consumers, evidence-based and safe. Specifically, this project will assess how the new remote radiology model affects: - Patient safety - Patient acceptability - Staff acceptability of new model of service provision - The safe, efficient organisation of BreastScreen services
Investigators
Sarah Larkins, Rebecca Evans, Robyn Preston, Emily Callander, Sabe Sabesan, Leila Murison, Karen Johnston and Nicole Bates (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine and Townsville Hospital and Health Service)
Keywords
rural health services; breast cancer screening; Telehealth; Radiology; Health Workforce

Cancer Council NSW - Strategic Research Partnership Grant

Identifying the Out of Pocket costs of cancer care and the impact on healthcare access and patient outcomes

Indicative Funding
$121,160 (administered by Menzies School of Health Research)
Summary
AIM 1: Quantify the out-of-pocket healthcare expenditure of individuals who are diagnosed with cancer and compare it with their clinical outcomes. This will be done by building Australia?s first model of the out-of-pocket healthcare expenditure of cancer patients using administrative data. AIM 2: Identify the impact of out-of-pocket costs on decisions about health care utilisation. This qualitative research component will be undertaken, which aims to explore and explain how out-of-pocket costs (both anticipated and unanticipated) affect the health seeking decisions and behaviours of cancer patients and their families.
Investigators
Emily Callander, Sarah Larkins, Stephanie Topp and Sabe Sabesan (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, College of Medicine & Dentistry, College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Keywords
Health Economics; Patient costs; Cancer; Indigenous; Rural Health; Access
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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

Current
  • Development and Implementation of a Breast Cancer Care Pathway in Townsville Region - A Study Looking into Feasibility, Governance, Patient Centred Outcomes and Economics (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Introduction of Student Medication Chart Reviews and its Significance for Medication Safety in Early Clinical Practice (A Literature Review and Qualitative Research Project) (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Evaluating the Processes and Impact of Teletrial Model for Improving Access for Rural and Regional Patients to Novel Therapies (PhD , Primary Advisor)
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  • 1 collaboration
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