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.