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Read our full tribute to Chris Christensen, chair of Cancer Voices SA from 2017-Oct 2020.

Many people get cancer, but few have raised a voice so effectively on our behalf as Chris Christensen. Chris is well known, well-loved, well respected and was influential as a cancer advocate at the local, state and national level. 

Chris had modest advocacy ambitions including holistic, high quality patient-centred treatment and ongoing care, consumer voices and engagement in all aspects of cancer services and policy; better access and equity; cancer research and public education about cancer. It was Cancer Voices focus on ‘good systems not just good luck or chance’ and focus on ‘wellness not just illness’ that really resonated with Chris from the outset, and drew her to us, saying she felt she’d ‘found her tribe’ of like-minded people. 

 

Sunday 8th November 2020 - challenge yourself on the 20km, 35km or 67km route options of the Cancer Voices SA annual Challenge Ride.  2020 - our 10th annual Challenge Ride!  

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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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

 

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.

 

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"
 

 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.  

   

 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

 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.

 

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Contact

Cancer Voices South Australia

 

Ph.  0405 806 857 

 

PO Box 588, Kensington Park SA 5068