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06 Jul 2020
  • Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
  • Royal Women's Hospital
  • Monash Partners Comprehensive Cancer Consortium
  • Alfred Health

Cancer and COVID-19 in Victoria: Exploring the emotional landscape of healthcare workers

The current COVID-19 pandemic raises critical clinical questions and challenges for health professionals seeking to continue optimal care for patients with cancer. Monash Partners Comprehensive Cancer Consortium (MPCCC) and the VCCC present our next special Cancer and COVID event.

All are welcome to attend this special online event facilitated by Associate Professor Lesley Stafford, clinical psychologist at The Women’s, and presentations from experts who will explore the emotional needs and responses of healthcare workers during a public health crisis.

Dr Toby Winton-Brown will provide an overview of data from surveys conducted from frontline healthcare workers during the peak of COVID-19 in an attempt to make sense of that has been seen and what is yet to come.

Dr Kym Jenkins will  present on how healthcare workers need to be supported at work and home with the additional pressures they are facing. She will demonstrate how colleagues can start difficult conversations and move forward during challenging times by applying compassionate collaborative leadership to help transform healthcare systems.

The event will conclude with a panel discussion featuring all presenters and joined by Dr Maria Ftanou, Head of Clinical Psychology at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. There will be an opportunity for the online audience to submit their questions.

Moderated by:

Associate Professor Lesley Stafford
Clinical psychologist, The Women's

Associate Professor Lesley Stafford is a clinical psychologist who works predominantly with women diagnosed with breast cancer and women considered at high risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. She is a Principal Fellow in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Lesley's research interests focus on understanding, and intervening in, the psychosocial factors contributing to the burden of disease associated with breast and gynaecological cancer. She has a strong interest in translating research into clinical practice.


Coping with COVID – data from the new frontline
Dr Toby Winton-Brown, Consultant Psychiatrist, Alfred Health

Dr Toby Winton-Brown is a psychiatrist working in Consultation-Liaison and Neuropsychiatry at the Alfred Hospital. Trained in Sydney London and Melbourne he now works in critical care, respiratory and neurology environments where he has developed an interest in understanding health care worker experiences. He recently co-founded an inhouse initiative providing free anonymous telephone counselling to healthcare workers experiencing distress and burnout in the workplace.

Helping healthcare workers identify burnout, compassion fatigue and traumatic responses
Dr Kym Jenkins, Chair, Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges 

Dr Kym Jenkins MB.ChB, FRANZCP, MPM, MEd, GAICD is Chair of the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges, immediate past-President of the Royal Australian New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), Chair of the Migrant and Refugee Health Partnership and Board Director at Mental Health Australia. She is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer Monash University, an Honorary Senior Fellow Melbourne University, a member of the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and member of the AMC Specialist Education Accreditation Committee. She has previously held leadership roles in medical education, medical workforce and medical practitioner wellbeing. Her academic interests include health and wellbeing, workplace mental health, cognitive ability and the capacity to practice medicine and provides extensive contributions to policy development in mental health sphere.

Monday Lunch Live Stream
Monday 6 July 2020
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