What's new in January, with links to support, information and other items of interest.
- More affordable access to treatment for women with ovarian cancer
- 4 February is World Cancer Day
- The World Indigenous Cancer Conference 2024
- Help deliver a national agenda to support Australia’s unpaid carers
- Nutritional support during cancer treatment webinar
- Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
Expanded listing on the PBS for ovarian cancer treatment
Recently, the Medicines Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) recommended the government subsidise two Homologous Recombination Deficiency (HRD) tests, expanding access to PARP inhibitors in ovarian cancer. The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) followed suit, recommending subsidies for two PARP inhibitor medicines for this additional group. The first of these listings has now been formalised with another on track for confirmation in the coming months, paving the way for affordable and equitable treatment access.
Read more about this development on Ovarian Cancer Australia's website.
4 February is World Cancer Day
Create an event, spread the word, or take on the World Cancer Day 5km Challenge! These are just some of the ways you can get involved this World Cancer Day.
For more details visit the take action page of the World Cancer Day website.
The World Indigenous Cancer Conference 2024
The World Indigenous Cancer Conference 2024 presents an opportunity to bring key Indigenous cancer researchers, clinicians, advocates and community to Naarm (Melbourne), Australia. The conference will identify international research priorities, foster new collaboration, enhance capacity and share knowledge and information about Indigenous people living with cancer on a global scale.
The event is hosted by the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) and will take place on 18–24 March at Pullman Melbourne on the park hotel. Visit the World Indigenous Cancer Conference website for full details.
Help deliver a national agenda to support Australia’s unpaid carers
The Department of Social Services are looking for experienced carers to help them develop the National Carer Strategy. The strategy will provide a framework for the coordination of carer policy across Commonwealth portfolios. If you have experience as a carer and would like to apply to be on the National Carer Strategy Advisory Committee visit the Engage website today.
Applications close on Monday 29 January 2024.
Nutritional support during cancer treatment webinar
Nutritional support can play a significant role in improving the overall quality of life for people living with cancer. Watch our recent webinar presented by Tanya Wells, an experienced Integrative Oncology Practitioner from Melbourne Integrative Oncology Group.
View the webinar on the Counterpart webinar recordings webpage here.
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
Are you or someone close to you looking for reliable information, relevant to Australian women regarding cervical cancer? The Counterpart Navigator App has a whole section on cervical cancer and covers diagnosis, treatment, after treatment and recurrence. The Navigator can be accessed on the Counterpart website or by downloading the app onto your phone via the App Store or Google play.