Healthy living after cancer

Our CPD education sessions provide general practitioners (GP) with the latest information to help them care for patients.

St John of God Subiaco Hospital GP event

The free session will cover topics including ‘Fear of cancer recurrence’, ‘Talking about cancer to kids and family members’, ‘Managing menopause’, ‘Health behaviour changes after cancer therapy’ and ‘Cancer follow up in general practice’.

The session is aimed at GPs who wish to learn more about the latest advice for patients to live well after a cancer diagnosis and includes an opportunity to speak directly with the presenters.


Date: Tuesday 19 September 2017

6.30pm to 7.00pm: Refreshments and Registrations
7.00pm to 9.00pm: Presentations

Venue: St John of God Subiaco Hospital Level 3, Conference Centre 25 McCourt Street, Subiaco

Parking: Please bring your hospital parking ticket on arrival to registration and you will be issued a free exit pass.

Webinar: This session is also available via Webinar, please RSVP for details.

RACGP CPD Points: Attendance at this event earns four category 2 points with the RACGP QI&CPD program.


‘Fear of cancer recurrence’ - presented by Professor Jane Turner.

Professor Jane Turner is a psychiatrist who has worked for over 25 years in oncology. She has taken a leading role in Australia in developing psychosocial clinical practice guidelines and is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Psycho-Oncology Society.

Her recent research includes two RCTs of interventions to promote wellness in cancer survivors: the Conquer Fear study (a manual-based intervention for fear of cancer recurrence based on elements of metacognitive therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and psycho-education), and the ENHANCES study (a nurse-delivered surivorship intervention for patients who have completed treatment for head and neck cancer).

Professor Turner has extensive experience in facilitation of communication skills training for diverse professional groups.

‘Talking about cancer to kids and family members’ - presented by Professor Moira O’Connor.

Associate Professor Moira O’Connor is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology at Curtin University, and has a background in psychology.

Moira’s program of research focuses on psychological aspects of cancer and palliative care from active treatment, through to survivorship, and after bereavement, with a particular focus on families. Moira’s current research projects include children and family carers of people with a life limiting illness, bereavement interventions and screening for complicated of grief, and measuring patient distress. Her work is applied and translational.

Moira uses several methodologies including qualitative research, Randomised Controlled Trials of interventions, and surveys. Moira has numerous publications in the area of palliative care, cancer and life limiting illness. She led a large national project funded by Cancer Australia and beyondblue to explore children’s and adolescents’ experiences and needs when their mothers have been diagnosed with cancer, with a large national team of researchers and clinicians. She also received national competitive funding from the Motor Neurone Disease Research Institute for a similar project with children with a parent with MND.

Moira is currently involved in a study aiming to develop a mindfulness-based children’s storybook intervention for children whose parents have been diagnosed with cancer. Moira is Academic Lead and Co-Chair, WA Palliative Care Research Collaborative and is a long-standing Board member of Palliative Care WA and Huntington’s WA.

‘Managing menopause’ - presented by Dr Lesley Ramage.

Dr Lesley Ramage has more than 25 years of experience in women’s health as a general practitioner. She obtained her medical degree from Leeds University in the United Kingdom and completed her postgraduate general practitioner training in 1986.

Dr Ramage has worked in general practice since moving to Australia with her family in 1993. Since 2007, she has also held an appointment at King Edward Memorial Hospital where she consults in Menopause and Menopause Symptoms after Cancer Clinics. She is actively involved in the teaching and training of medical undergraduates and doctors.

Dr Ramage holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Women’s Health and has a special interest in family planning and the management of menopause (both natural and following a diagnosis of cancer).

‘Health behaviour changes after cancer therapy’ - presented by Dr Sarah Hardcastle.

Dr Sarah Hardcastle is a Senior Research Fellow based in the Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine Research group at Curtin University.

Her main area of research is the application of motivational theories to understand health behaviour change, particularly in relation to physical activity and diet. The main focus of her research is to understand behaviour change and the application of interventions to change health behaviours.

Sarah’s primary interests are the promotion of physical activity to prevent or manage chronic illness and cardiovascular disease. She is currently leading a trial using Fitbits to increase physical activity in colorectal and endometrial cancer survivors. She also has particular expertise in the application of Motivational Interviewing to promote health behavior change in healthcare settings.

‘Cancer follow up in general practice’ - presented by Professor Christobel Saunders.

Professor Christobel Saunders is internationally recognised as one of Australia’s most prominent research-orientated cancer surgeons. She has substantially contributed to many clinical aspects of breast cancer research including clinical trials of new treatments, psychosocial, translational and health services research and is active in several areas of surgical oncology cancer research, with a particular emphasis on breast cancer.

Professor Saunders has performed research for more than 25 years evaluating the efficacy and utility of therapy for early breast cancer. In the past five years, she has published over
100 peer-reviewed journal articles (including two in The Lancet), six letters to the editor/ editorials, two research reports, three book chapters and one book.

Professor Saunders sits on boards of a number of cancer organisations including Cancer
Australia, CCWA (past-President) and Breast Cancer Network Australia; and is closely involved in strategic planning and management of cancer services in Western Australia as author of the WA Health Cancer Services Framework and as first A/Director WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network.

Professor Saunders is currently the Deputy Head of School Surgery at the University of
Western Australia and Director Breast Cancer Research at SJG Subiaco Hospital. She also undertakes private work at her clinic Perth Specialist Breast Care, located onsite at SJG Subiaco Hospital.

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