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Fertility, sexuality and cancer: Free health professionals seminar

Monday 21 July, 2008


The Cancer Council will hold a free Fertility, Sexuality and Cancer seminar for health professionals in Tasmania on Monday, 4 August.

Doreen Akkerman AM, Director of the Cancer Council's Cancer Information and Support Service will join Dr Kate Stern from the Royal Women's Hospital to discuss sexuality and fertility issues after cancer.

The seminar will be held at Royal Hobart Hospital and video-linked to sites including the Launceston General Hospital and North-West Regional Hospital in Burnie.

Ms Akkerman said that cancer and its treatments can have a profound impact on a person's sexuality and fertility.

"Most health professionals can talk easily about the technical aspects of cancer treatment and care with their patients but find discussing sexuality and fertility issues a challenge," she said.

"This workshop will help health professionals develop the confidence and communication skills to effectively discuss these difficult topics with patients.

"It will also discuss ways to help the patient feel less isolated about sexuality and fertility issues and provide strategies to promote adjustment to these changes after a cancer experience."

Ms Akkerman urges all doctors, nurses and other health professionals working with cancer patients to attend this free seminar.

"It will be a unique professional development opportunity for all health professionals working in the oncology field," she said.

What:             Fertility, Sexuality and Cancer Seminar

Who:              Health professionals caring for people with cancer

When:            Monday 4 August, 2008, 1.30pm - 3.00pm

Where:           Royal Hobart Hospital, Launceston General Hospital and North-West Regional Hospital, Burnie

Speakers include Doreen Akkerman AM, Director of the Cancer Council Victoria's Cancer Information and Support Service and Dr Kate Stern from the Royal Women's Hospital.

For more information or to register, contact Gayle Newbold on 03 6233 6921 or

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