New appointment – Professor Tracey O’Brien appointed CEO and Chief Cancer Officer at the Cancer Institute NSW

New appointment – Professor Tracey O’Brien appointed CEO and Chief Cancer Officer at the Cancer Institute NSW. Professor O’Brien is a paediatric and adolescent haematologist and oncologist with more than 25 years of experience improving the outcomes of people with cancer in Australia and internationally. She has been Director of the Kids Cancer Centre at…

Cancer Council NSW has announced its 2022 Research Project Grants totalling over $5.3 million in funding for twelve new, world-class cancer research projects!

Cancer Council NSW has announced its 2022 Research Project Grants totalling over $5.3 million in funding for twelve new, world-class cancer research projects! ‘These eminent and emerging cancer researchers from across Australia are leading the charge towards a cancer free future by investigating new ways to diagnose and treat the disease.’   Learn more about…

Cancer Australia calls for expressions of interest for consumers to participate in research grant reviews

Cancer Australia calls for expressions of interest for consumers to participate in research grant reviews Cancer Australia is currently seeking expressions of interest from consumers to participate in reviewing research project grant applications as part of their Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme. This is an innovative, competitive, annual cancer research projects grant funding scheme, conducted…

Meet Dr Adam Walker – Researcher

Meet Dr Adam Walker – Researcher Researcher Senior Research Fellow and Group Leader – Laboratory of ImmunoPsychiatry Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and University of New South Wales Your area of cancer research Cancer-related cognitive impairment (“chemobrain”) Sleep and circadian rhythm influences on cancer-induced inflammation How long have you had consumer representatives involved with your cancer…

Meet Gill Stannard – Consumer

Meet Gill Stannard – Consumer Consumer Gill Stannard is a naturopath and mentor, with thirty years experience helping people, like you, feel better.Gill works primarily online, with naturopathic and mentoring clients around the country and worldwide. What motivated you to become a consumer representative? It’s the best use for my ‘survivor guilt’ (ovarian cancer has…

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…