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Welcome to our first newsletter!

Our passionate and dedicated Support team are Sue Hegarty - Manager, Annemarie Ferguson - Support Co-ordinator, Hayley Russell - Support Co-ordinator and Elizabeth Cooch - Cancer Nurse. Should you have any questions about our services or the e-news please contact us via our Information and referral line on 1300 660 334 (9am – 5pm AEST) or via email at

Profile a Researcher

Ovarian Cancer Australia was thrilled to have Dr Tarek Meniawy, Medical Oncologist and Clinical Senior Lecturer as a speaker at our recent “Future Directions for Ovarian Cancer Treatment” consumer forum. Dr Meniawy’s research and teaching centres on cancer immunology and immunotherapy and he is actively involved in clinical trials. Please view his talk HERE.

Online Forum

Ovarian Cancer Australia Connect is OCA’s online forum for women with a diagnosis, their family and friends. A resource which is accessible by people across Australia at any time of day, the online community provides peer to peer support, information and connection.

CLICK HERE to explore the forum; if you feel this service could be of use to a patient that you are seeing they can register for the forum HERE.

Research News Item

ICanAdapt; An Online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Resource for Patients with Advanced Cancer experiencing anxiety and/or depression.


Sadly, a large percentage of ovarian cancers are diagnosed at a late stage which can have a significant effect on the mental health of the patient. Ovarian Cancer Australia is glad to promote a trial of a new online resource, by Dr Michael Murphy, for patients with advanced cancer called iCanAdapt. If you have patients who you feel could benefit from this program please refer them to this website for more information and to apply for the trial; HERE.

Launch of Ovarian Cancer Australia's New Webinar Page

An online information & education webinar resource library

Each year over 1500 women from across Australia are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. To meet their supportive care needs consumer driven, innovative approaches to deliver vital support services are required. In 2016, Ovarian Cancer Australia (OCA) trialled the uptake and acceptability of a webinar program for women with ovarian cancer and their supporters. This online program aimed to ensure that those affected had access to up-to-date information and support wherever and whenever consumers need it. Topics included: Genetics & Family History, Living with Hope & Uncertainty and Clinical Trials.

Further to the pilot program we are delighted to announce the launch of Ovarian Cancer Australia’s new webinar page on our website where the recordings have been made available as an online information and education resource. CLICK HERE to visit our webinar page.

Ovarian Cancer Registry

Ovarian Cancer Australia, along with the CASS Foundation and the Australian Society of Gynaecologic Oncologists is supporting a new clinical quality registry pilot for ovarian cancer. This initiative of Monash University's School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine is bringing together data from a handful of hospitals treating women with ovarian cancer across Melbourne, to compare the way that the disease is managed at different sites. The aim is to give participating hospitals new insight into their relative performance across a range of measures related to quality of care, so that they can investigate and improve processes where needed. It is hoped that this pilot will eventually expand across Australia. This would serve both as a tool for quality improvement, and as a resource for clinical trials and other research projects. Watch this space and our website for further details!

Telephone support group dates

13th July: General Catch-up
10th August: Emotions and Cancer, Maintaining Hope
14th September: General Catch-up

Diagnosis, Treatment and Beyond
Telephone support group dates

17th July: General Catch-up
21st August: Emotions and Cancer, Maintaining Hope
18th September: General Catch-up

MELBOURNE: Face to Face support groups
13th July: General Catch-up
10th August: Emotions and Cancer, Maintaining Hope
14th September: General Catch-up

SYDNEY: Face to Face support groups
10th July: Iona Nicolson Bowles, Clinical Trials Director, Northern Cancer Institute
14th August: Shared Experience meeting
11th September: Elle Martin, Associate Genetic Counsellor, Northern Sydney Cancer Centre

PERTH: Face to Face support groups
13th July
10th August
14th September

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