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At a glance

The Bi-National Colorectal Cancer Audit (BCCA) is a clinical audit established by the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSSANZ). The audit first commenced in 2007 with patients undergoing resection or treatment for colorectal cancer recorded into the database. The number of entries currently stored in the data base is nearing 15,000 episodes. The data will be used for clinical audit of the surgical practices of Australian and New Zealand colorectal surgeons for the purpose of quality assurance. The audit will also work towards creating a large dataset containing Australian and New Zealand data that can be used for research and quality improvement purposes, with the aim of advancing knowledge and understanding of treatment for colorectal cancer. BCCA is a Clinical Quality Registry and is a declared Quality Assurance Activity by both the Australian and New Zealand Health Departments.

The BCCA collects data from over 200 registered contributors with participation from many public and private hospitals represented throughout Australia and New Zealand. To access the BCCA database, you need to be a registered contributor with ethics approval for your participating hospital site. Please contact the Project Manager at for further information.

Michaela O’Regan (Project Manager) +61 3 9853 8013
Julie Wood (Project Officer) +61 3 9853 8013
Kerri Buczynskyj (Project Officer) +61 3 9853 8013

Data Access

In accordance with the BCCA Data Access Policy researchers affiliated with BCCA users can submit data requests to BCCA to access deidentified data. Please see the above Data Access Policy for more detail and to find out how to submit an application.

Approved Projects

1. What’s the best technique for comparing hospital performance on return to theatre data? Funnel plots? Risk-adjustment? Multilevel regression analyses?
Investigator: Professor Cameron Platell, St John of God Subiaco (Complete)

2. Validation of the ACPGBI risk prediction model for 30-day mortality after surgery for colorectal cancer – does it apply in Australia?
Investigator: Associate Prof Paul McMurrick, Cabrini Institute

3. Factors affecting CRM positivity in rectal cancer resection and the impact on management
Investigator: Mr Satish Warrier, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Complete)

4. Clinical Characteristics and Long-term Outcomes for Pathological Complete Response in Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer
Investigator: Mr Joseph Kong, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

5. Outcome of Emergency and Urgent versus Elective Colorectal Cancer Resection - Results from Bi-National Colorectal Cancer Audit
Investigator: Dr Angus Lee, Epworth Health

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