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 Cancer Voices SA  ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2019, Sunday 24 November, 10.30-11.30am Newland Park Oval, Hallett Road, Stonyfell

    

 The inaugural Consumer Advocates Award  by Health Consumers Alliance SA was awarded to Julie Marker, Deputy Chair of Cancer Voices SA, in recognition of a health consumer advocate who work tirelessly in partnership with health and or community services to improve consumer experience and health outcomes.  

   

Yes, cancer survivors and carers CAN be very effective teachers, according to feedback from 3rd year medical student tutorials regarding our Cancer Voices SA  'Survivors as Teachers' program :

“…an amazing and intimate insight into the life of a family living with cancer.  
...Interesting factors I would not have otherwise learned or heard about”  
...”treat a patient as a real person, rather than a case to solve”
…. “makes you rethink about how you will talk to and listen to patients when you are in the hospital.  
....Opens your eyes to the way patients want to be treated and how much they want from the health system"
 

Get fit, stay fit, have fun!

Join the Cancer Voices Cycling group.  We ride every Sunday morning, starting at 8am at St Peters Girls School carpark off Hallett Rd, Stonyfell.  

We ride on road bikes up into the beautiful Adelaide Hills for about 2 hrs / about 50kms, at moderate pace.  

Even if you are not a cyclist, join us for coffee - usually at Taylor Blend Cafe on Hallett Road opposite Newland Oval, from about 10.30-11.30am.

For more details contact [email protected]

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We invite people affected by cancer, their family, friends and/or supporters, to join the Cancer Voices SA Walking Group.

We meet every Tuesday (weather permitting) at 9.30am for medium paced walks of about one hour duration. 

Walks start from Belair Golf Club Car Park; meet Belair Golf Club Car Park; meet by the side gate into Belair National Park.by the side gate into Belair National Park. Ph Chris on 0431 691 956 for more details.

 

Cancer survivors, family, friends and cancer researchers - join in our friday lunchtime 'walk and talk' group.  

We welcome you to come and take the opportunity for informal networking, idea sharing and idea generating while we walk

We meet in the foyer of the SA Health & Medical Research Institute at 12.30pm every friday, and walk along the river Torrens for about 1hr.  Others join in at the Adelaide Uni footbridge at the pedestrian lights at about 12.50pm.

For more information contact [email protected] or Julie on 0405 806 857

 

 Find the 2018 Cancer Voices SA Annual Report here.

Chris Christensen presented a summary of the Annual Report, activities and outcomes to those who attended the Annual General Meeting on 2 Dec 2018.

 

A summary of the new SA Liberal Government Health Policy (particularly where relevant to cancer) has been collated by Cancer Voices SA.  

Detailed 8 page PDF attached here.

In summary, there is specific mention of cancer in the following policy documents:
 
  • - Palliative care purpose built at Modbury Hospital
  • - Palliative care and more colonoscopies at Noarlunga Hospital
  • - a new car parking scheme for all metro public hospitals
  • - Country Cancer Services - double the chemotherapy delivered in regional SA including implementing a statewide electronic cancer information and prescribing system
  • - a Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health to provide leadership and advice within SA Health and the Government on clinical excellence and innovation - to include consumers and modelled on the NSW Clinical Commission
  • - Bowel Cancer Prevention - wipe out waiting lists for colonoscopy, publish numbers and waiting times, aim for national target of four months for colonoscopy after positive test result.
  • - targetting preventive health based on risk profile and Better Prevention for a Healthy SA
  • - new Women's and Children's Hospital
  • - Hospital Outpatient Waiting Lists
  • - Engaging Communities and Clinicians for Better Health - decentralising public health system through the establishment of metropolitan and regional boards of management
  • - Investing in Country Hospitals

 

 The Final Report of the Senate Committee Inquiry into Funding for Research in Cancers with Low Survival Rates was published on 28 November 2017.

25 Recommendations were made eg re:  …. clinical trials, access to trials, data collections, PBS flexibility for low survival rate cancers suggested,  equitable access to genetic testing via MBS ,  …. and targets with reporting to govt

Consumers & community - key partners in biobanking.  Poster and Rapid-fire presentation at the Australasian Biobanking Network Conference in Adelaide on 13-14th Oct 2016. See poster here.

 

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Contact

Cancer Voices South Australia

 

Ph.  0431 691 956 

 

PO Box 588, Kensington Park SA 5068