CVN 2022 Strategic Workshop

CVN 2022 Strategic Workshop CVN has held its 2022 strategic workshop which comprised three separate two hour webinars – 11 and 25 February and 8 April. We are grateful for the guidance and direction provided by our facilitator, consultant Graeme Gherashe. Graeme continues to support us on a pro bono basis. Graeme continued to challenge…

Consumer Involvement in Research (CIR)

Consumer Involvement in Research (CIR) The CIR Program is starting to build momentum again, now that the grant season is almost upon us. To date, we have received eleven requests for consumers and I am pleased to say that we have had an enthusiastic response to these from my call-out to be involved. The next…

Young Australians Cancer Initiative

Young Australians Cancer Initiative   You’re Never Too Young In November 2021, I was invited to participate in a YACI symposium with Year 10 High School students with the aim of broadening their knowledge of cancer diagnosis and treatment and encouraging them to take up an education pathway that would lead to a career in…

LGBTIQ+ palliative and end-of-life care resources

LGBTIQ+ palliative and end-of-life care resources Specific resources for LGBTIQ+ people have been recently developed with the title Taking control: LGBTQ+ Toolkit for Palliative Care and End of Life Decisions. You can access the resources here https://www.acon.org.au/what-we-are-here-for/palliative-care-support/ The resources emphasise that: It’s best to start having end of life conversations before you need to, even if it…

NSW Government recognises diversity and inclusion in first ever LGBTIQ+ Health Strategy

NSW Government recognises diversity and inclusion in first ever LGBTIQ+ Health Strategy In an important development for our state, the NSW Government recently released the first-ever LGBTIQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer) Health Strategy 2022-2027. The NSW LGBTIQ+ Health Strategy (the Strategy) marks a significant commitment in the history of the NSW health system. The…

Federal election imminent: what commitments need to be made to help improve the lives of those affected by cancer?

Federal election imminent: what commitments need to be made to help improve the lives of those affected by cancer? With the federal election to be held before the end of May this year, cancer and broader health organisations have been developing election ‘manifestos‘ or ‘platforms’ for presentation to federal politicians in the lead-up to the…

Federal Budget: wins for cancer

Federal Budget: wins for cancer The recent Federal Budget contained some ‘wins’ for cancer, with significant funding allocated to a number of cancer types, including breast, prostate, pancreatic, bowel and some rare cancers. Rare Cancers Australia (RCA) described the budget as having a ‘promising focus on affordability and accessibility’. Chief Executive of RCA, Richard Vines,…

VAD legislation update

VAD legislation update The introduction of voluntary assisted dying (VAD) arrangements in NSW continues to progress, albeit slowly, with further action by NSW politicians still required to provide those with a terminal illness the right to choose the time and manner of their death. The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 was considered by the NSW…

Prof Dorothy Keefe reappointed as CEO of Cancer Australia

Prof Dorothy Keefe reappointed as CEO of Cancer Australia The Minister for Health, Greg Hunt has announced that Professor Dorothy Keefe, PSM MD, has been re-appointed as Cancer Australia Chief Executive Officer for a further three years. Cancer Voices congratulates Dorothy Keefe on her reappointment and looks forward to our continued collaboration with her and…