Towards a gender equal world | Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
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An equal world is an enabled world.

Sunday 8th March is International Women’s Day. This year’s theme #EachforEqual highlights the shared responsibility of creating a gender equal world.

Chris O’Brien Lifehouse celebrates gender equality and diversity as a strength in our workforce. This International Women’s Day, we celebrate and reflect on the many extraordinary women whose achievements are transforming the face of cancer. Whether it be through pioneering breakthroughs in research, cutting-edge clinical trials and new cancer treatments, or advancing the level of specialised care we provide our patients, these women are transforming the lives, outcomes and experiences of thousands of people with cancer and their families, both now and into the future.

“The theme #EachforEqual challenges each of us to do our bit to create a better world,” says Gail O’Brien AO, patient advocate and board member.

“Look fear in the face. Throw down the gauntlet. Walk the rocky terrain. Take the road less travelled. The challenges are leading you to your true purpose so that you can participate through your thoughts, speech and actions, with a pure intention, in creating a better world.”


Below, just a few of these women share their contributions:

#IWD2020 #EachforEqual

“You need to do more than just treat the cancer. You need to treat the person who is living with cancer – the impact it has on them physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually and the impact it has on their families.”

A/Prof. Judith Lacey
Head of Supportive Care and Integrative Oncology

“We’ve gotten to a stage where we’ve got a really exciting framework to develop a blood test for glioblastoma that could actually have a real impact and make a paradigm-shifting change in the way patients are managed.”

Dr Kim Kaufman
Head of Brain
Cancer Research

“Every patient is different and everyone has their own individual needs. My role is to support them as best I can at their diagnosis all the way through, either to survivorship or their time at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.”

Amy O’Donnell
Clinical Nurse Consultant for
Lung Cancer

“I’m currently doing a PhD on heated chemotherapy for ovarian cancer. My aim is to improve overall survival rates for women with ovarian cancer, give them a better quality of life after treatment and delay their cancer coming back.”

Dr Rhonda Farrell
Deputy Director
of Gynae-oncology

As a medical oncologist and researcher, my aim is to resolve the unanswered questions that we have in the clinic so that we can improve our decision making and help our prostate cancer patients live better and longer.”

Dr Kate Mahon
Deputy Director of
Medical Oncology

“The clinical trial I’m working on is about using blood-based markers to improve people’s outcomes on chemotherapy for prostate cancer, getting the right drug to the right patient at the right time.”

Professor Lisa Horvath
Director of
Medical Oncology

We interrogate normal and cancer cells to work out how they respond to radiation. Understanding the way radiation works in cancer treatment is now one of the most important facets of cancer treatment. It’s the big unknown.”

A/Prof Natalka Suchowerska
Head of Physics Research and Education

“Most of our patients are young people, plucked from their normal lives to make sense of what it is to be a young person with a potentially life-limiting disease. We help these patients to live their best life in the context of this illness interrupting it.”

Dr Toni Lindsay

“To me laboratory research is fundamental. Often we have clinical questions and we can take that question to the lab and try to understand more. I’m very fortunate that at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse we are able to do that.”

A/Prof Angela Hong
Radiation Oncologist,
Staff Specialist

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