The work of the Strategy and Support Division has been reinforced through a new senior leadership team. A collaborative and consultative review of the division informed the establishment of this new structure and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the Cancer Council staff, and external stakeholders for their generous feedback. The team provides a strengthened structure so we can help improve outcomes and experiences for people affected by cancer.
Separately, after five years with Cancer Council Victoria, we farewelled Dr Anna Boltong whose leadership of the Division supported the planning and delivery of this review process. Anna will pleasingly remain in the sector as the Associate Director of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre alliance. Recruitment for our Head of Division is underway. In the meantime, we welcome Sondra Davoren as Acting Head of Division. Sondra comes with extensive experience at Cancer Council Victoria, most recently as Manager of Treatment and Supportive Care at McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer.
We introduce our senior leadership team (pictured):
Head of Cancer Strategy. Portfolio includes education, training and peer support programs, information and communications team, advocacy and clinical network.
Head of Research and Program Governance. Portfolio includes Cancer Council Victoria’s biomedical grants program, research ethics, program evaluation and clinical trials.
Head of Optimal Care Pathways. Portfolio includes national responsibility for development and review of Optimal Care Pathways and promotion within Victoria.
Head of Cancer Information and Support Service. Portfolio includes 13 11 20 cancer nurses, and practical and support programs.
Sally Ann Ryan
Business Manager, providing operational support including finance and contract management for the Division.
The Strategy and Support Division is excited to have a strengthened enabling framework for delivery of our priorities in the Cancer Council Victoria Strategic Plan 2017-2021.
If you’d like to know more, please contact Amanda Piper: Amanda.Piper@cancervic.org.au or Ph: (03) 9514 6299.
Three fact sheets – “What Is Cancer?”, “Coping with Cancer Fatigue” and “Caring for Someone with Cancer” – are now available to download in bilingual versions in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Greek, Hindi, Italian, Tamil, Tagalog and Vietnamese.
New editions now available: Understanding Cervical Cancer and Understanding Stomach and Oesophageal Cancers. Understanding Secondary Bone Cancer – an online fact sheet (available to download, not otherwise in hard copy)
John Colebatch (1909–2005) was the pioneer of paediatric chemotherapy in Australia. Thanks in part to his work, most children now survive cancer. Read this fascinating account of his life by Tim Colebatch, John’s youngest son and former editor and columnist with The Age.