Wide Bay hosts first regional Engage Forum


The GI Cancer Institute has held its first regional Engage Community Forum — a highly successful event in Wide Bay, Queensland.

The forum, on March 10 at the Brothers Sports Club in Bundaberg, attracted more than ninety attendees, with many expressing their appreciation for an informative and valuable exchange of experience and expert information.

Dr Gerard Adams, radiation oncologist from Oceania Oncology, provided an easy-to-understand overview on gastro-intestinal (GI) cancers; Dr Nazeer Upanal, medical oncologist and palliative care specialist from Bundaberg Hospital, presented on AGITG research; and clinical and senior psychologist Dr Gillian Mackie shared her expertise on support and survivorship.

The GI Cancer Institute collaborated with local health service providers such as Cancer Council Queensland, Blue Care, Wide Bay Ostomates Association, Indigenous Wellbeing Centre, Look Good Feel Better and the Bundaberg and District Cancer Support Group, who exhibited at our forum and provided attendees with further support.

The forum was lively and interactive, with locals eager to ask questions of their local medical professionals.

One attendee commented that “Having a forum like this where you can interact with doctors and support groups is very rare … especially in Bundaberg!”

The Local Planning Committee (pictured) consisted of six local members who identified appropriate speakers and ensured that the presentations were tailored to local needs.

The next Engage Community Forums will be held in Melbourne on April 28 and Sydney on April 30, as part of Australia’s first national GI Cancer Awareness Week.

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