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Special guests we have had on our teleconferences

Samantha Clutton, the manager of the Cancer Counselling Service at Cancer Council Queensland told us that they specialise in helping people deal with anxiety and/or depression and/or feeling overwhelmed plus decision related stress and relationship issues. (For an appointment based service so you call 13 11 20 Mon-Fri 9-6 and ask to speak to one of the psychologists in the Cancer Counselling Service). (Presentation 24 May 2013)

Laurie Lepherd spoke on his research into spirituality and advanced prostate cancer. In answer to a question, Laurie said four of the men in his study had been particularly lifted out of despondency – three by their religious beliefs, and one through a course in Mindfulness. Laurie told us about his study of men with advanced prostate cancer. Laurie can be contacted by email lepherd@usq.edu.au , or mobile 0418192517, or 07 4631 5459 (office hours). (Presentation 24 September 2011)


Olivia Wright is a dietitian and lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Queensland. Olivia has worked in the food industry, designing functional foods for a variety of groups. She also has experience in the clinical management of chronic disease and clinical education. Olivia is an Associate Editor for the Dietitians Association of Australia national journal, Nutrition and Dietetics. In 2010, Olivia received Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian status, as recognition of her professional leadership and expertise. Olivia is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Mater Medical Research Institute and an Affiliate Lecturer with the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation. Members who attended the Mater Medical Research Institute presentations at the Mater or at the combined Gold Coast support groups presentation may have met Olivia there. Olivia's email address is o.wright@uq.edu.au. Her phone number is 07 3346 7768. (Presentations 27 July 2012, 25 September 2015)

Kate Bolam is a Masters of Philosophy candidate (Exercise Science) in the School of Human Movement Studies, The University of Queensland. Kate will deal with the role of exercise in advanced prostate cancer. You can contact Kate at k.bolam@uq.edu.au, Ph: 07 3346 9710. (Presentation 28 October 2011)

Dr Irena Oleinikova of the Multidisciplinary Team Clinic for Advanced Prostate Cancer, located on the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) campus at Woolloongabba, Brisbane. The clinic provides a team-based assessment of a man's current treatment and future treatment options. Contact the Multidisciplinary Team through Coordinator Linda Crook, Ph: 07 3176 3228, Email: MDT_ProstateCancer@health.qld.gov.au  (Presentation 25 November 2011)

Elizabeth Gill, is a partner in the RiverLegal law firm.
Her areas of expertise include: wills, estate planning and powers of attorney; administration of deceased estates; acting as attorney for clients unable to manage their own affairs; and conveyancing including sales and purchases, leases, loan arrangements and retirement village purchases. Brisbane office: Level 7, 131 Leichhardt Street, Spring Hill Qld 4000, GPO Box 832 Brisbane QLD 4001, T: 07 3221 1666, F: 07 3229 5251, Beenleigh office, 3A John Street, PO Box 48, Beenleigh QLD 4207, T: 07 3807 0777, F: 07 3287 4663 (Presentation 2 February 2012)

Trish Roderick is a Registered Nurse and Credentialed Diabetes Educator. She has worked in diabetes education in since 2001, firstly in General Practice as a Practice Nurse and then in Community Health running diabetes clinics in rural and urban general practices. Following two years in private practice Trish joined the Health Team at Diabetes Australia - Queensland in 2010. Diabetes Australia, Queensland can be reached on 1300 136 588, and the website at ""http://www.diabetesqueensland.org.au/."Trish can be contacted directly on 07 3506 0986 or at trishr@diabetesqld.org.au . (Presentation 24 February 2012)

Jack Fraenkel is an established business and franchise consultant, motivational speaker and corporate trainer with over 30 years of sales, management and commercial experience gained both overseas and in Australia. He has a wealth of knowledge, particularly in retailing and customer service organisations.
When not working on building his and his clients' businesses, Jack is member of the New South Wales Board of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA), a Scout Adventurous Activities Instructor, a Rotarian, Parents and Citizens Association Member, School Council Member and Neighbourhood Centre Membership.
Jack is an entertaining presenter with a remarkable ability to share his knowledge and experience in an educational, fun and riveting manner. He can be contacted through his business website: "http://motivatories.com.au/" (Presentation 23 March 2012)

Dr Yvonne McMaster trained as a GP 40 years ago and has the higher degree to go with that (FRACGP). But for the past 23 years she has specialised in palliative care. At a time when Yvonne began there were no higher qualifications in palliative medicine. She became, and still regards herself as a palliative care specialist. Yvonne has provided support to cancer survivor support groups at the "San" (Sydney Adventist Hospital), and also regularly presents upon palliative care for other support groups. A recipient of a PCFA Achievement Award, she was recently brought to public attention when a petition she started and fostered (containing 23,000 signatures) was tabled in the NSW parliament resulting in the restoration of $1,000,000 funding cut from palliative care services.
Yvonne's email address is yvonnemcmaster@tpg.com.au and you can follow her on Twitter @mcmasteryvonne. (Presentations: Palliative care 24 April 2012, Pain management 24 August 2012)

Dr Addie Wootton is a clinical psychologist and Director of Clinical and Allied Health Research at the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre - Epworth. In this role, she oversees the clinical trials, psychosocial research, and other allied health research conducted in the centre or collaboratively with other groups. As a psychologist, Dr Wootten’s key research focus has been the psycho-social experiences of prostate cancer patients and their partners. Dr Wootten is currently the principal investigator on a project co-funded by beyondblue and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, which is investigating the efficacy of an Internet-based psychological intervention for men with prostate cancer. Abbie's email address is addie.wootten@apcrc.org.  (Presentations 22 June 2012, 26 June 2015)


Bridget Kehoe is the Public Health Coordinator and Helpline Nutritionist for Cancer Council Queensland. She can be contacted at bridgetkehoe@cancerqld.org.au and 07 3634 5376. The Cancer Council Helpline in all states is 13 20 11. (Presentation 22 March 2013)


Dr Lisa Horvath, medical oncologist, is the Head of the Department of Medical Oncology at the Sydney Cancer Centre (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital) and a Visiting Post-doctoral Scientist at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor within the Central Clinical School of the University of Sydney. She has an active clinical practice and is involved with a large number of clinical trials in prostate, lung and colorectal cancers in addition to phase I trial work. You can contact Dr Horvath  at T: +61 2 9515 7680 E: lisa.horvath@sswahs.nsw.gov.au (Presentation 26 April 2013)



Dr James Mackean is a Radiation Oncologist with sub specialty expertise in prostate brachytherapy as well as special interests in radiotherapy technology, image guided and intensity modulated radiotherapy, RapidArc. He completed his undergraduate training at the University of Tasmania in 1988 and completed his specialty training in radiation oncology in 1999. Dr Mackean completed a Fellowship at Mt Vernon Hospital in London from 1999 – 2000.


 He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists, and a member of the Australian and New Zealand Faculty of Radiation Oncology Genito-Urinary Group. He is also Chair of the Australasian Brachytherapy Group MacKean, a Radiation Oncologist at Premion at the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane and in Chermside. Ph: 07 3870 4366 (Wesley) or 07 3350 7200 (Chermside). (Presentation 28 June 2013)


Dr Farshad Foroudi is Chair of Uro-Oncology Service at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. 

Farshad graduated from the University of Sydney in 1995. He completed his Radiation Oncology speciality training at Westmead and Nepean Hospitals in Sydney. Following this he worked as a consultant Radiation Oncologist at Auckland Hospital in New Zealand. Between 2001 and 2003, Farshad worked in a Clinical Research position in Ontario, Canada and completed a Masters degree. Since 2003 Farshad has been a member of the Uro-Oncology Service at Peter Mac. Phone: 03 9656 1111 (Presentation 23 August 2013)


Dr Devika Thomas is Head of Biochemistry at Dorevitch Pathology. She graduated from Flinders University of South Australia in 2000 and trained as a Chemical Pathologist at the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science (SA Pathology). Her special interest is in endocrinology of metabolic bone diseases and bone markers and she has been an invited speaker at the European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Asia Pacific Federation of Clinical Biochemists meetings on monitoring metabolic bone diseases using bone markers. Devika is a Certified Clinical Densitometrist with a clinical and research interest in postmenopausal osteoporosis.You can contact Dr Thomas on 03 9244 0380 or devika.thomas@dorevitch.com.au (Presentation 20 December 2013)


Clinical Associate Professor Howard Gurney is a medical oncologist who works in Western Sydney. He is the Director of Medical Oncology for Cancer Services, Western Sydney Area Health Service.


He is involved with the clinical trial of experimental agents in the treatment of cancer and is head of the Clinical Trials Unit in medical oncology at Westmead Hospital. (Presentation 23 May 2014) 


Dr Jane Holmes-Walker is the Senior Staff Specialist Endocrinology at Westmead Private Hospital in Sydney, where she runs general endocrinology, thyroid and bone clinics. She is also Clinical Senior Lecturer University of Sydney. Contact via Westmead hospital (02) 9845 5555. (Presentation 25 July 2014).


Dr Prue Cormie is a Senior Research Fellow at the Edith Cowan University Health and Wellness Institute in Perth, Australia.  She is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist whose research and clinical work focuses on the role of exercise in the management of cancer, particularly prostate cancer.


Dr Cormie will discuss the impact of exercise in counteracting adverse treatment-related effects and improving wellbeing. (Presentation 22 August 2014)


Dr John Gillett is a palliative care medical specialist from Toowoomba. 


Dr Gillette will help us understand pain management in prostate cancer - treatments, drugs, principles, and myths and unrealistic beliefs. (Presentation 24 October 2014)


Dr Mark Moyad, beside probably knowing more about supplements than anyone else on earth, has for some years concentrated on helping men with prostate cancer. You will have seen his monthly articles in US Too Hotsheets, or come across his books, or seen videos of him at the PCRI annual Prostate Cancer Conferences. He hosted the 2014 Conference. (Presentation 19 December 2014)


Dr David Wong specialises in PET-CT and nuclear medicine, oncology imaging and advanced non-invasive cardiac imaging. 

He has an active interest in clinical research and is director of the Nuclear Medicine and PET Centre at Wesley Medical Imaging.


As a dual-trained radiologist and PET/nuclear medicine specialist, Dr Wong has published numerous research papers and presented at national and international scientific meetings. He has received several research and scientific awards including the Rouse Travelling Fellowship and Brian Smith Memorial award.


Dr Wong will speak on imaging of interest to men with locally advanced, metastatic, or recurrent disease, including the PET-CT with Gallium-68 for the Prostate Specific Membrane Antigen (PSMA). (Presentation 24 April 2015)


Dr Steven Lun has been practicing in Townsville since 1991, specialising in adult Urology. Dr Lun operates in a private capacity at both the Mater Pimlico and Mater Hyde Park Hospitals and publicly at the Townsville Hospital. He is also a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a member of both the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand and American Urological Association (AUA). 


Dr Lun will speak on surgical interventions after primary treatment. (Presentation 28 August 2015)


Scott Anderson is a senior partner at RiverLegal.


Scott practises property law, contract law and business law including the purchase and sale of commercial and residential property; purchase and sale of businesses; establishment and administration of businesses; planning and environment litigation and advice; and property development.


Scott has been appointed to the Practitioner panel of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Scott will talk to us on what we need to do when the doctor says "Time to get your affairs in order". (Presentation 27 March 2015)


Dr Michael Chapman is a geriatrician and palliative care specialist working with Calvary Bruce in the ACT. His current primary role is as Research Fellow and he is engaged in studies towards a PhD entitled “The ethics of decision making at the end of life”. His other active academic interests include mindfulness as self-care, and the integration of palliative care into aged care. Michael is involved in several palliative care peak-bodies in representative roles including the Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine and Palliative Care Australia, and is a founding editor of the website www.palliverse.com. Michael has been practicing meditation and studying Tibetan Buddhism with Rigpa Australia since 2002. (Presentation July 2015)


Sylvia Burns is a Registered Nurse with a background in psycho-oncology. She has worked in the area of cancer support with Cancer Council Queensland since 1997.

From 2005-2012 Sylvia worked as a Nurse Counsellor with the Cancer Council Queensland in the area of prostate cancer education and support, both for men and couples adjusting to diagnosis and the effects of treatment.

Following her work in our Cancer Research Centre, Sylvia took on the management of CCQ’s Cancer Support Services and is now Cancer Support Senior Specialist within Cancer Council.

Sylvia has also been involved in the Living Mindfully program at the Cancer Council Queensland, facilitating Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy groups for people affected by cancer.

Her focus now is in research translation with the establishment of the Nurse Counsellor Service which will enhance the supportive care provided through CCQ’s Cancer Counselling Service. Cancer Council: Phone 13 11 20. (Presentation January 2016)


Call BeyondBlue 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1300 22 4636. (Presentation February 2016)


Rick Davis is co-convenor (with Dom Marrese) of a phone-in based group in the USA called the Reluctant Brotherhood. 


In some ways the Reluctant Brotherhood is similar to us - guys who have technical knowledge of the treatments, places and faces, and guys who have the real-world experiences, share with men facing new challenges. And everyone has skin in the game.


But in other ways it is different - based on a huge population and extensive health resources. And Rick Davis! A man whose knowledge of those technical knowledge of the treatments, places and faces, and of the guys who have the real-world experiences is amazing!  Contact: http://tinyurl.com/hfws6ya (Presentation March 2016)

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