2020 a year half empty or half full?
For some, it may feel as though we can put some distance between the uncertainty of 2020 as we enjoy current freedoms. These past weeks, I’ve heard many people say that they didn’t fully appreciate how deeply they had been affected by the events of last year and it’s taken time to process all that has occurred.
Patients undergoing cancer treatment should feel confident about being vaccinated
Under Phase 1B of the Australian COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, patients with cancer are now eligible for priority vaccination. In reality, a number of practical and psychological barriers remain, which may impact take-up of this critical vaccination program.
Celebration of 2020 Picchi Award winners
It has been a long year for the 2020 Picchi Award winners who finally received their trophies last week. Matthew Grant is in the Netherlands experiencing the global pandemic from a European perspective. French-national Deborah Meyran completed her PhD with a young family, has forged new frontiers with her research, and France is suddenly much further away. Stefan Bjelosevic has been bunkered down at Peter Mac at the Johnstone Lab as a key member of the team.
First joint Australian and New Zealand Consumer Experience and Leadership in Health Summit
According to Vincent Dumez, Centre of Excellence on Partnership with Patients and the Public, the University of Montreal, we are in the middle of a patient-led innovation revolution. Does that make the 800 people who attended the first joint Australian and New Zealand Consumer Experience and Leadership in Health Summit last month revolutionaries?
Regional clinical trials workforce
Nine study coordinators and 12 clinical trial assistants have been officially mobilised across both regional and metropolitan sites after completing an intensive two-week orientation at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.
Intimacy and sexual health
Cancer can be devastating in all its forms. There may be much to mourn. Head and neck cancers can be among the most distressing, not only for their obvious ability to alter a person’s appearance but for their capacity to affect a person’s sense of self.
Uniquely qualified graduates to boost cancer workforce
Australia’s first Master of Cancer Sciences graduates are gearing up to present their research projects at a celebratory virtual event hosted by the VCCC alliance next month. If you are looking to build cancer expertise in your organisation – tune in.
Cancer and the Older Person
Ray Kelly, Chair of the NEMICS Consumer Reference Group and a member of the NEMICS Governance Committee recently road-tested a new, four-week, part-time massive open online course (MOOC), Cancer and the Older Person, earning a certificate of achievement and giving it the thumbs up.
Every crisis presents opportunities
The uptake of telehealth by both patients and health professionals during COVID-19 presents a unique opportunity to reform the future care of people with cancer and many other health conditions.
Published recently in the Internal Medical Journal (IMJ), ‘Telehealth in cancer care: during and beyond the COVID‐19 pandemic‘ provides expert guidance for the routine application of telehealth as a model of optimal and integrated cancer care. More importantly, the paper’s authors identify and discuss benefits, and address some proposed challenges and solutions associated with telehealth.
Cancer Council Victoria's Grants-in-Aid program
A research project to develop new approaches to understanding the cause of colorectal cancer in families has received funding from Cancer Council Victoria.
Although it is preventable, colorectal cancer is still a major public health problem in Australia and the leading cause of cancer-related death. Screening has proven to reduce the incidence and mortality from colorectal cancer in the high-risk group of people with a family history of the disease.