Palliative care advocate Dr Yvonne McMaster to launch cancer campaign

Retired palliative care doctor turned palliative care campaigner, Dr Yvonne McMaster will be the keynote speaker.
Retired palliative care doctor turned palliative care campaigner, Dr Yvonne McMaster will be the keynote speaker.

The Cancer Council's Saving Life campaign will be launched in Singleton on Thursday and you're invited.

Retired palliative care doctor turned palliative care campaigner, Dr Yvonne McMaster will be the keynote speaker for the launch.

The Saving Life campaign identifies the five most important priorities for the next NSW Government to take action on to help beat cancer.  Those issues are:

  • No chemotherapy co-payments so all patients that have their chemotherapy in a public hospital get it for free, like in other Australian states.
  • Coordinated cancer care so people with cancer, and their families, get the cancer care they need in a logical, connected and timely manner − no matter where they live in NSW.
  • Tobacco retail reform to support people who are trying to quit, and encourage young people to live smoke free.
  • More palliative care services so that every person who is dying from cancer has the best quality of life and if needed, a specialist palliative care team to care for them.
  • Increased Aboriginal workforce in cancer services so Aboriginal people who go to a cancer services will have access to culturally sensitive care, in order to close the gap in 60% higher mortality rate diagnosis outcomes for Aboriginal people.

The Cancer Council will work with local Upper Hunter candidates in the 2015 state election to ensure they commit to these priorities.

Dr Yvonne McMaster will launch Saving Life by sharing her experiences and the importance of improving palliative care services for patients. Cancer Council would like to hear from local groups that work on cancer or palliative care issues in our community. Representatives from these groups are welcome to share their experiences of the five Saving Life priorities. To express an interest in speaking at the launch, please contact Sarah Lukeman on 0427 191 724 or sarahlukeman@hotmail.com

The event will be held on Thursday, November 13, from 1pm until 3pm at Cancer Council’s Upper Hunter community office at 69 John Street, Singleton. Register your interest in attending by phoning 6571 2899 or email info.singleton@nswcc.org.au