Five minutes with Orla McNally

Thursday 30 August, 2012

Orla McNally

When and why did you join VCOG?

Because Michael Quinn told me to! Serious answer; for peer support but more importantly to remain up to date with changes in policy related to cancer care and be in a position to influence this and advocate on behalf of the cancer patient. The neutrality of VCOG is very important in this regard.

Area of practice

Director Gynaecological Oncology and Dysplasia, gynaecological cancer surgeon and Chair of the gynaecological oncology multidisciplianary team at the Royal Women's Hospital. I also consult to Royal Melbourne Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. It's very exciting as the VCCC is being developed and it's great to be involved in this.

What do you love about your job?

The multidisciplinary care part of it. I am passionate about this. I believe this is what makes the difference between a 'good' cancer journey for a patient and a 'bad' one. There must be good leadership of this team to make it work.

In a nutshell, what are the most challenging aspects?

Getting all the ducks in line at the right time when you lead a team and also having responsibility for ensuring other aspects of good quality care take place (e.g. trials and other research). I am seriously worried about the obesity epidemic and the impact this is having on our ability to provide quality cancer care.

How do you spend your Sundays?

Spend time with hubbie, my daughter and our very enegertic westie called Maggie. Love to eat out and try new places. Top of the list is the recent fantastic experience at Jacque Raymond.