September marks Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month worldwide, and WomenCan is dedicated to using evidence to dispel myths and revealing facts about these often overlooked cancers.
Gynaecological cancers impact countless lives, yet they remain in the shadows. Let’s shine a light on this crucial topic, debunk misconceptions, and understand how research can improve life for all women.
Did you know?
• Gynaecological cancer is the third most common cancer among Australian women and yet it is the least researched
• There is only one gynaecological cancer with a screening test or vaccine
• Approximately 8,150 Australian and New Zealand women are diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer every year.
Join us for an informative webinar to understand the significance of gynaecological cancers, hearing from advocates Jacinta Frawley, Karen Livingstone AM, and expert Prof Alison Brand AM. The webinar is open to all members of the public with an interest in learning about gynaecological cancers.
Date: Wednesday 20 September 2023
Time: 12pm – 1pm AEST
Secure your spot today and be part of this vital conversation. RSVP for this free webinar today.
Professor Alison Brand AM
Professor Alison Brand AM is a gynaecological oncology surgeon, Director of Gynaecological Oncology at Westmead Hospital and Clinical Professor at the University of Sydney. Alison has been involved in ANZGOG since it was established in 2000, holding key positions within the group. She was ANZGOG Chair from 2012-2018 and is the current chair of the Gynaecological Cancer Intergroup. Alison is passionate about participation in clinical trials as a way to improve the lives of women with gynaecological cancers, now and in the future.
Jacinta was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer in 2019 on her 59th birthday. After completing treatment, she committed to advocating for improved diagnosis and treatment. She is an active member of Survivors Teaching Students, contributed to ANZGOG's podcast, "On The Down Low: speaking up about ovarian cancer" which won Best New Podcast, Australian Podcast Awards. The podcast team were Finalists in the NSW Volunteer Team of the Year 2022. Jacinta has recently received a Special Mention in Excellence in allied Health Practice, CESPAN Awards 2023, for her work on the podcast and creating local connections for women with ovarian cancer. She advocates strongly for gynaecological cancer research and is a consumer researcher on multiple ovarian cancer research projects.
Karen Livingstone AM
In 2001, Karen was a co-founder of the ovarian cancer movement in Australia and was an ANZGOG Board Director for a decade before taking on her current role as WomenCan Head, Fundraising and Development. Karen was a Finalist in the Victorian, Australian of the Year 2018 and was awarded Member, Order of Australia in 2019 for significant service to community health as an advocate for ovarian cancer research.
WomenCan raises funds to support Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (ANZGOG)’s gynaecological cancer research programs – advancing research, saving lives. ANZGOG has 1,300 members representing clinical, allied health and pure research and people with a lived experience. ANZGOG conducts research at over 80 research sites across Australia and New Zealand and includes both local and global collaborations to ensure the best research is available for women.