COVID-19 and cancer in Victoria – models of care

MPN expert (and telehealth expert) Associate Professor Kate Burbury from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and MPNAA’s Nathalie Cook  join the Cancer Council Victoria’s Danielle Spence and Katherine Lane, as well as primary care expert Professor Jon Emery from the University of Melbourne, to explore how telehealth and other models of care can balance health service delivery during a pandemic.

Watch the discussion presented by the VCCC in partnership with the Monash Partners Comprehensive Cancer Consortium – HERE

And don’t forget MPNAA’s COVID-19 resources page.

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Videos available – Peter Mac MPN patient education seminar, Melbourne, 18 February 2020

Peter Mac has kindly made available to patients the videos from the MPN Patient Education Seminar held on 18 February 2020.

This event included the following sessions:

  • MPNs, what are they?                       Dr Kate Burbury
  • Fatigue Management                        Elizabeth Pearson, Occupational Therapist
  • Keeping well with MPNs                   Nathalie Cook, Accredited Practising Dietitian
  • How to get a good night’s sleep      Dr Oliver Holmes, Psychologist

The link to the videos is here.

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MPN updates for 2020 – video from Drs Ruben Mesa and Robyn Scherber

Drs Mesa and Scherber, haematologists from the Mays Cancer Centre in the US, discuss the latest findings from the American Society of Hematology meeting in December 2019, as well as the latest updates regarding new treatments for MPNs.  They also discuss quality of life issues for MPN patients.


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MPN Patient Information Afternoon – Sydney – 23 February 2019

MPN AA and the Leukaemia Foundation collaborated to stage this very successful MPN patient information event at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, attended by 60 patients and family members.
MPN AA is very grateful on behalf of MPN patients for the great job done by Greg Zotos from the Leukaemia Foundation, and also Madeline Thompson on the day.
The presentations were great – firstly Dr Renee Eslick spoke very informatively about “Diagnosis of MPN”. Sue McConaghy, psychologist, spoke on the topic “This is Not the Life I Ordered”, providing ideas about tools we could use to help manage unwelcome and unplanned events in our lives – relevant to all of us at times! We then broke for a lovely afternoon tea, and reconvened to hear Dr Carmel Sullivan speak about how yoga could enhance our physical and mental health and quality of life. Dr Cecily Forsyth followed, and spoke on the topic “Optimal Management of MPN in Australia”, about the latest research on how MPN patients should be managed, going through the 3 main MPN subtypes in order, but acknowledging the shades of grey that exist, and the need to treat each patient as an individual.
Patients seemed to be very engaged, and there was lots of chat in the afternoon tea break, and also some constructive to and fro between patients during the question time.
Videos of the two haematology presentations by Dr Eslick and Dr Forsyth are available for viewing on our MPN Video Presentations page.
Full details of the patient information afternoon, including powerpoint presentations from all the talks are available HERE.
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MPN Patient Information afternoon – Sydney

SAVE THE DATE. MPN AA has been negotiating with the Leukaemia Foundation and a number of great presenters to hold an MPN Patient information afternoon in Sydney on Saturday 23 February 2019. Further details and opportunity to book a  place coming soon.

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