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Sixteenth Annual Peter Meese Lecture and Award Presented

Date: 30/03/2017

More than 100 guests including nurses, oncologists, psychologists, patients, carers, donors and friends gathered at Cabrini Malvern’s auditorium to celebrate the sixteenth annual Peter Meese Memorial Lecture on Tuesday 21 March 2017.

Held in memory of Dr Peter Meese, a former infectious diseases physician and patient of Cabrini, the event celebrates the work of cancer nurses and provides a forum for education and discussion in this area. Instigated by Dr Darren Lockie, the event has attracted an illustrious roster of experts, academics and influencers as keynote speakers over the years.

This year’s speaker, Associate Professor Michael Jefford, is a practising medical oncologist and Deputy Head of Medical Oncology at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Director of the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre, a Richard Pratt legacy, at Peter MacCallum. His contribution to cancer survivorship care and research is prolific, informing policy and program development, service delivery, and international literature.

Michael addressed:

  • Statistics regarding survivorship from childhood and other cancers
  • Consequences of treatment aSi
  • Current models of post-cancer treatment care and issues with these methods
  • Survivorship care ideals
  • The function of the Survivorship Care Centre
  • Resources for patients/survivors and carers, and nurses
  • His work in survivorship care research
  • The integral role nurses have played as co-investigators is his and other projects

Natalie Lalor, a day oncology team leader at Cabrini Brighton and recipient of this year’s Peter Meese Travel Scholarship, was invited to discuss her recent experiences at the 2017 Cancer Survivorship conference in Adelaide, for which she won her scholarship. As a co-facilitator of Cabrini Brighton’s ‘Living with Cancer Program’, Ms Lalor’s presentation on her learnings and how they would apply to her practice provided the perfect introduction to the keynote speaker.