Dr Josh Davis stated in his presentation today that a funded HCC surveillance program is urgently needed for the Northern Territory. HCC incidence is much higher in the Northern Territory than the Nationally and there are significantly higher rates amongst the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population (six-fold).

His study findings showed that the majority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people present when symptomatic and because of this late presentation palliation was the only form of treatment for 53% of these patients.