ANZGOG's Dr Helen Gooden named as a 2021 Westfield Local Hero

12 Oct 2021

WomenCan is excited to announce that Dr Helen Gooden, National Manager of the ANZGOG's Survivors Teaching Students (STS) program, has been named as a Westfield Local Hero for 2021!

The Westfield Local Heroes program recognises, celebrates, and rewards community role models who work to promote social wellbeing and camaraderie in the community.

As National Manager for STS, Helen has played a key role in establishing ANZGOG's Survivors Teaching Students program in Australia and she is delighted to be named as a Westfield Local Hero! Helen plans to use the Westfield Local Heroes grant of $10,000 to generate a larger community for STS and contribute to raising awareness for gynaecological cancers.

“I am thrilled and honoured to be announced as a 2021 Westfield Sydney Local Hero! Thank you to everyone who voted for me to make this possible. The win means $10,000 will go towards creating a Survivors Teaching Students (STS) Podcast series. Due to interest and demand, the STS Podcast series will mean your stories, our amazing Survivors Teaching Students volunteers across Australia, will have an even greater reach and continue to make a difference for all of those affected by ovarian and gynaecological cancers.

This is a celebration for all of us, thank you for your passion and generosity in supporting our ANZGOG Survivors Teaching Students Program.”

Dr Helen Gooden, National Manager of the Survivors Teaching Students

This year, the STS program expects to reach over 2000 university students across Australia. The program has recently included the University of Adelaide to its list of partner universities and has a total of 110 active volunteers. With the recent addition of Tasmania, STS is now active in all Australian states and New Zealand.

WomenCan would like to thank all who voted for Helen and ANZGOG's STS program. It is with your support that STS can continue to educate future doctors across Australia and New Zealand and enable women with ovarian other gynaecological cancers, to live better and live longer.

Want to know more?

To learn more about Westfield's Local Hero program, click here.

For more information on Survivors Teaching Students, click here.