Australia’s leading cancer clinicians, researchers and policy makers will converge on Adelaide next week for a Flinders University hosted conference focused on caring for the survivors of cancer.
The 2015 Flinders Survivorship Conference, from 6-7 February at the Adelaide Convention Centre, is themed “After Cancer – from Recovery to Resilience”, and will look at a range of issues facing cancer survivors, including what it means to be thriving after cancer and what is the best way of delivering care.
The conference, which is organised by the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, led by Professor Ross McKinnon, builds on the first Survivorship Conference, which was held in 2013.
One of the highlights is expected to be the inaugural Ashleigh Moore Oration, established in memory of Ashleigh Moore, a South Australian cancer survivor and a Chair of Cancer Voices SA who had lost his battle with Cancer in 2014.
The annual Oration recognises an individual or organisation in Australia who has made an outstanding contribution to the care of cancer survivors through contribution to clinical practice, research, policy, and/or advocacy affecting cancer survivors. The inaugural recipient is Sally Crossing, a consumer health advocate, cancer survivor and a founder of the Breast Cancer Action Group.
The conference’s convenor, Flinders University oncologist Professor Bogda Koczwara, said that the real strength and uniqueness of the Conference was the resulting close partnership with cancer survivors, many of whom have helped to plan and organise the event, as well as contributing to the program.
“For survivors, this conference is not just a scientific meeting,” she said. “It has a much more immediate and personal dimension to it, which calls for much more than talk – it calls us all to action and progress in this field.”
“The program includes not just scientific papers but also stories, reflections and personal commitments to action – all designed to capture the rich meaning of survivorship experience.”
This week, Professor Koczwara was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to medical oncology through clinical practice, education and cancer research, and through a range of professional organisations.
You can find more information about the conference here.
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