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The Engage Community Forums were FREE  events that  provided valuable information about Gastro-Intestinal (GI) cancer to patients, survivors, carers, family members and the wider community.

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– Hear about the latest developments in cutting edge gastro-intestinal cancer research from leading medical oncologists
– Understand the benefits and how to access clinical trials
– Learn more about the impacts of  a GI cancer diagnosis
– Meet with  cancer survivors, medical and health professionals,  and local cancer support services
– Find out about practical resources to help those living with GI cancer.

About Engage Community Forums

Launched in 2013, these successful events are held in locations across Australia. Attracting over 1,000 people since launch, Engage provides a unique opportunity for those who are currently facing or have experienced a GI cancer journey to share advice and support others in their community.

In 2014 highly successful forums were held in Brisbane on August 19, Western Sydney on November 13, Perth on November 18 and Canberra on November 25.

In 2015 we held our first regional forum in  Wide Bay Qld on March 10.  Forums were also held in Melbourne (April 28) and Sydney (April 30)  during GI Cancer Awareness Week 2015, and in Orange, Central West NSW (on July 2) and most recently in Albury, NSW (October 21) and Gawler, SA (October 27).

In 2016 we have held some fantastic Forums in Hobart, TAS (March 16) and Newcastle, NSW (April 6).

Most recently, we hosted a well-attended Forum in Perth, WA (March 23, 2017).

We look forward to hosting more Engage Community Forums around Australia in the future!


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Local Planning Committees  help to support the GI Cancer Institute with these community events and are essential in helping promote the Forum in the local area.

Pictured above speaking on Survivorship at the Brisbane Engage Forum in August 2014 are Dan Kent, chair of the AGITG Consumer Advisory Panel (CAP), and fellow CAP member, Judy Honor. Both Dan and Judy were invaluable in guiding the local committee and organising the Wide Bay regional event because of their own experiences with GI cancer and local knowledge of support services.

“It is the enthusiastic participation and support from the local community that ensures the Engage Community Forum is well-presented, informative and of value to those that attend”, says Judy.

“The Forums are a great opportunity to increase awareness of gastro-intestinal cancers and let people know what support and practical resources are available in their local area”, added Dan.

If you are interested in holding an Engage Community Forum in your local community, or would like  more information about Engage Community Forums please email or call 1300 666 769.


The Engage Community Forums project was a Cancer Australia “Supporting people with Cancer” Grant initiative funded by the Australian Government from 2014 to  2016.

The Engage Community Forums project was supported by Newman’s Own Foundation.


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