CanSpeak Queensland aims to provide a voice for all people affected by cancer in Queensland. By developing partnerships with cancer patients, survivors, family members and health professionals working in cancer care, CanSpeak Queensland has created a strong network of like-minded individuals. This network is a dynamic forum to share issues, experiences and ideas common to all cancer types.
People who have been diagnosed with cancer bring a unique perspective to health care processes as a result of their own personal experience. As anyone who has been affected by this disease knows, it can be a long and challenging journey. The time, effort and energy it demands cannot begin to be measured.
Advocates, specifically those who participate in cancer and consumer advocacy, come from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences. It is not only cancer patients and survivors but also carers, family members, friends, health care professionals, politicians and the community in general. Advocacy therefore means different things to different people and there are many ways to become an advocate.
Radiation therapy begins at Rockhampton Cancer Centre
Monday 20 June, 2016 was a landmark day for the people of Central Queensland. Ten patients were the first to receive radiation therapy at the new Rockhampton Integrated Cancer Care – a joint initiative between Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service and GenesisCare. Dr Liz Kenny and Maree Bransdon (Central Integrated Regional Cancer Services) were joined by GenesisCare and Queensland Health staff, and CanSpeak Qld Consumer Representative Aurilea Augustine. Check out this photo from the official opening!
CanSpeak advocate is living proof that research and advocacy can help patients
Danielle Tindle's personal experience with cancer was featured on ABC television's program 'Australian Story' in May 2016. The episode titled 'Your Money or Your Life' explores some of the issues experienced by rare cancer patients and their familes as they navigate cutting-edge medical technologies such as immunotherapy. To view the full episode, please visit the Australian Story website.
2015 Survivorship Conference: "Life after Cancer - from Recovery to Reslience"
6-7 February, Adelaide Convention Centre
This unique conference brings together a diverse group of clinicians, researchers, policy makers and consumers from around Australia to learn, to be challenged and to make a lasting impact.
CanSpeak Qld representatives Leonie Young and Danielle Tindle will be speaking at this event.
Please click here to access the conference website and register.
CanSpeak Queensland re-launched in 2012
Originally launched as Cancer Voices Qld in 2007, CanSpeak Qld is the prominent consumer advocacy body representing the interests of all Queenslanders whose lives have been affected by cancer. The name change in 2012, at both state and national levels, reflects the organisations' commitment to effectively engage people at a more grassroots level. As an independent network of people, CanSpeak Qld aims to reduce the impact cancer may have on the lives of those diagnosed, family members, friends and carers by advocating on a number of issues relevant to Queenslanders and working effectively with State and Federal Governments, health professionals and the community. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know about the issues that concern you!