18 Nov National Clinical Leader: Child Cancer retires
After more than 35 years as a peadiatrician and paediatric oncologist Scott Macfarlane officially retired on 5 November 2021 as National Clinical Leader: Child Cancer, a post he has held for the last decade. Due to Covid-19 restrictions NCCN members were not able to meet in person, but a virtual farewell was held with attendees from around Aotearoa New Zealand.
NCCN wishes to acknowledge the significant contribution Scott Macfarlane has made to improving outcomes for children with cancer in Aotearoa New Zealand. Not only have survival rates improved to well over 80% for most childhood cancers, but other supportive care initiatives have been introduced such as the Late Effects Assessment Programme (LEAP) and the Child Cancer Counselling Network. Scott has been an integral part of the success achieved for childhood cancer outcomes to date and there are many families and the wider cancer community who are grateful for his tireless work and commitment to this mahi.
We wish Scott and his wife Pam all the very best in retirement.