OCA Consumer Forum – Question and Answer Session
More than 60 women living with ovarian cancer, and their family and friends, converged on the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne on 23 June 2016 to hear about the latest research into ovarian cancer, about clinical trials, current and future treatments, clinical genetics, coping with treatment and living well.
Our guests came from country Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne, from Tasmania, NSW and Queensland and they overwhelmingly deemed the forum a success.
Here is some of the feedback we received in response to the question: What was the best part of the day?
“…very informative and re-assuring and knowledgable…”
“The foreshadowing of improved understanding and treatments.”
“…meeting and talking to other ladies, great guest speakers, excellent caterer…”
The content and speakers at the forum were determined by those of you who responded to our survey earlier in the year. Our speakers were Professor David Bowtell PhD, Associate Professor Alison Trainer, Associate Professor Clare Scott, gynae oncology nurse Danielle Carpenter and OCA CEO Jane Hill. The film footage taken of each of the speakers will be made available on our website in the next couple of weeks.
A special thank you to the inimitable Julie McCrossin for injecting a lot of humour into the day. Despite the serious nature of much of the subject matter, there was a lot of laughter in the room and many of our guests walked out with smiles on their faces. And thank you to AstraZeneca for enabling Ovarian Cancer Australia to hold this forum, and to Brunetti for catering the event.
For more information about how Ovarian Cancer Australia can support you, your family and friends please phone: 1300 660 334 or visit www.ovariancancer.net.au
Living Well after Gynaecological Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
To mark Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Ovarian Cancer Australia, BreaCan and Mercy Hospital for Women hosted this very special event.
The morning focused on caring for yourself – body, mind and emotions. After a cancer diagnosis it is common to experience feelings of loss of control, anxiety, stress and sadness. Presenter, Jo Power, Consultant Psychiatrist in the Gynaecology Oncology department at the Mercy Hospital for Women, spoke on ‘Emotional Responses to Gynaecological Cancer’. There was an opportunity for discussion, to share experiences and the strategies that worked for women.
Living With Cancer: Our Research, Your Future, Victoria 2015
Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and Ovarian Cancer Australia proudly presented ‘Living with Cancer: Our Research, Your Future’.
The day was full of information and presentations on new therapies, research and treatment for prostate and ovarian cancer and building wellness. There were interactive workshops and discussion groups in the afternoon that catered for everyone and the event was facilitated by comedian, writer and professional speaker Catherine Deveny.
Building Resilience Forum, Perth 2015
The Building Resilience forum held in Perth on Saturday May 9, was an excellent, inspiring and highly successful day. Women together with their partners, sisters, daughters, sons and friends came together to experience the inaugural event for Perth. The energy and excitement was evident in the room as participants were treated to an array of expert speakers and presentations.
Dr Andrew Dean, Medical Oncologist, gave an engaging, informative, inspiring and at times entertaining presentation on the latest in ovarian and gynaecological cancer trials and treatments which was greatly received. Following this, was the calm Satyam Brown focusing on Taking care: building resilience and wellness and sharing the value of mindfulness and gave participants some useful exercises to assist them to harness hope, deal with anxiety, fear and negative emotions.
Throughout the afternoon, participants were treated to a selection of workshops covering a variety of topics. Choices included Looking after you – looking after me, facilitated by a local social worker who encouraged the partners, family members and other supporters to focus on their needs, enabled them to voice their feelings and share their tips and strategies. Managing treatment and side effects for women, presented by a well-loved oncology nurse practitioner, proved to be a very popular session. Another popular session was Physical activity and managing fatigue presented by a local Clinical Exercise Physiologist experienced in after cancer treatment recovery. Lastly a practical and very important topic Help is at hand – managing legal and financial issues featured the Cancer Council WA’s pro bono legal and financial advisory service, presented by a CCWA representative, and a lawyer and financial advisor involved in the program.
Importantly, two women were courageous in sharing their stories throughout the day and provided hope, inspiration and displayed incredible resilience. We are immensely grateful for their addition to the day as it reminds all women that they do not walk alone.
Thank you also to the support organisations who were able to staff the display and resource tables from SolarisCare, Chemo@home, Cancer Support WA and Look Good, Feel Better.
OCA feel privileged and honoured to have provided such an inspiring and useful forum for the women of WA and it seems they felt it too, “the forum met my expectations in every way, it was excellent, thank you. We hope there can be more forums like this!”
Building Resilience Forum, Sydney 2015
During Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Ovarian Cancer Australia hosted ‘Building Resilience’, a free forum in Sydney, for women with ovarian and other gynaecological cancers, their partners, family and friends.
There were a number of key presenters on the day, including:
- Dr Alison Brand, Gynaecological Oncologist, who spoke on latest developments in gynae cancer treatments, trials and trends;
- Assoc Prof Judy Kirk, cancer genetics specialist, who spoke on ovarian cancer and genetics;
- Dr Stephanie Dowrick, leading author and psychotherapist, discussed ways of looking after ourselves and ways to build resilience.
What’s on the horizon in treatment and research? Victoria 2015
Ovarian Cancer Australia together with BreaCan, hosted a free information session: ‘What’s on the horizon in treatment and research for ovarian cancer?’ – for women living with ovarian cancer, their partners, family and friends.
Dr Deborah Neesham, gynaecological oncologist in the Oncology Dysplasia Unit at the Women’s hospital, spoke about up and coming treatments and new directions in research for ovarian cancer.