Cancer Council proud of Melbourne Awards finalist

Monday 1 September, 2008
Dr Amanda Hordern of the Cancer Council Victoria was honoured for her work to cancer services on 30 August 2008 at the Melbourne Town Hall as part of the Melbourne Awards.

A finalist for her contribution to the community, Dr Hordern is Deputy Director of the Cancer Information and Support Service.

She is a leader in cancer services and has been educating and supporting the Victorian community for more than 20 years.

Doreen Akkerman AM, Director of the Cancer Information and Support Service said she is delighted that Dr Hordern has been recognised for her commitment to helping reduce the impact of cancer on the community.

"Every day, 66 Victorians hear the words ‘you have cancer'," she said.

"Working with her dedicated team of cancer nurses and health professionals, Dr Hordern works tirelessly to instigate life-changing programs for people affected by cancer including family and friends."

"We are very proud of Dr Hordern's achievements, and being nominated as a finalist for a Melbourne Award demonstrates that the wider community is also proud."

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About Dr Amanda Hordern
A passionate leader and educator in cancer information and support, Dr Amanda Hordern has been educating and supporting the community for more than 20 years.

As the Deputy Director of our Cancer Information and Support Service, Dr Hordern provides leadership to a team of more than 30 employees including cancer nurses, support program managers and other professionals.

Dr Hordern has completed a PhD focused on sexuality and intimacy issues across cancer and palliative care and is committed to incorporating this often taboo topic into cancer care.

She developed the first tertiary-based Breast Care Nurse education program in Victoria to address the physical and emotional needs of women with breast cancer. Offered at Latrobe University, there are now more than 700 breast care nurses accredited with the Cancer Council providing specialised support to breast cancer patients.

Dr Hordern is currently developing a new patient publication covering the extremes of complementary and alternative medicines to help people make a more informed decision when choosing proven and unproven treatments.

She is also currently developing specialised information and support for unpaid carers, family and friends affected by cancer and instigated the first support program for cancer survivors.