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07 Oct 2019
  • Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
5.45pm - 7.15pm

TEDx: Living with Cancer

Free event for the community, researchers and the cancer workforce (FULLY BOOKED)

A diagnosis of cancer is a profoundly life-changing experience. It affects not only the person involved, but also entire families and social networks. TEDx: Living with Cancer is a special event where we will explore how an individual might deal with a new cancer diagnosis and discuss how they can be best supported through their cancer treatment and beyond.

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Presented by the expert Master of Cancer Sciences team from the University of Melbourne and Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, you'll learn why a cancer diagnosis does not need to redefine your identity, when to appropriately use medications in cancer care, and the difference between palliative and end-of-life care. You'll also hear from a person who has been through cancer, about the role that spirituality played in their journey.

This event is free and open to all, whether you are a patient, cancer professional, carer, friend or researcher. Join us at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre for this thought-provoking live session.

This event will be hosted by Professor Grant McArthur, VCCC Executive Director, Master of Cancer Sciences Course Co-coordinator and world-leading melanoma specialist. 

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  • Cancer diagnosis and identity – you are not your cancer - Tennille Lewin 
  • Coping with a new cancer diagnosis - Dr David Kok
  • To opiate or not to opiate, that is the question - Associate Professor Eleanor Flynn
  • Is it palliative or end of life care? What is the difference? Professor Jennifer Philip
  • Cancer as a chronic disease - Professor Jon Emery
  • Spirituality in cancer care - Vivienne Interrigi


Tennille Lewin 
Tennille has a passion for supportive care in cancer and was involved in the recently launched Department of Health Human Services funded state-wide Supportive Care in Cancer Refresh Project through her project manager role at the University of Melbourne.

Dr David Kok 
Radiation oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
David primarily specialises in the treatment of skin and neurological malignancies, but treats all types of tumours. He is passionately involved in postgraduate medical education and is Course Coordinator for the Master of Cancer Sciences program delivered through University of Melbourne.

Associate Professor Eleanor Flynn
Associate Professor Eleanor Flynn is a medical graduate who has recently retired from the Department of Medical Education at the Melbourne Medical School where she was involved in student selection and teaching Aged Care. She has also taught communications skills and ethics. Until 2017 she also worked as a Palliative Care specialist in both hospital and community settings. Her research and publications include: the clinical and philosophical aspects of care of the dying, selection of medical students, professionalism in medical schools, communications skills and supporting the staff who support students. She is a co-opted board member of the Spiritual Health Association and co-teaches a course in death, dying and grief through art and spirituality at the University of Divinity.

Professor Jennifer Philip 
Chair of Palliative Care, University of Melbourne, Physician, Palliative Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital, Peter Mac and Royal Melbourne Hospital
Jennifer is a palliative care clinician, researcher and teacher whose particular areas of interest include improving the ways supportive and palliative care are delivered, ensuring care is underpinned by high quality evidence and that it is delivered by well trained professionals and carers. She leads the Palliative Medicine Research Group.

Professor Jon Emery
Herman Chair of Primary Care Cancer Research, University of Melbourne and Western Health
Jon's research interests are in the role of primary care in cancer prevention, diagnosis and follow-up, and primary care trials of complex interventions. He leads a parallel program of cancer research between Melbourne and Cambridge on cancer screening, early diagnosis and follow-up care.

Vivienne Interrigi 
Vivienne is a 48 year-old, mother of two, partner to a very supportive husband and 
cancer survivor who chooses not to let cancer stop her from living a purposeful life. Diagnosed in 2018, Vivienne went through the most challenging year of her life; with a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and is undergoing a 10-year treatment plan of medications, injections and infusions. She uses the cancer experience in her work as a Family Therapist at Ozchild, finding hope with vulnerable families towards a different future. She also volunteers her time as a Cancer Consumer Advocate at Monash Health, is a representative of the WeCan project on supportive care and is President of the Cheltenham East Dolphins Netball Club. She is passionate about contributing to the community to make a difference - to inspire with passion, resilience and empathy.


Monday 7 October 2019

VCCC Building, Level 7 Lecture Theatres

305 Grattan Street, Melbourne

(Please note part of Grattan Street is closed due the Metro Tunnel works. Tram stops nearby are unaffected)

Register from 5.45pm

Presentation will begin promptly at 6.00pm 

Light refreshments will be served after the presentation

This event is open to all but registration is essential.

This event will be filmed as part of the Master of Cancer Sciences program - Australia's first cancer-specific, wholly online degree.