'Cancer Yarn Up' forum at Purfleet this Tuesday

THE Aboriginal community is encouraged to attend the Manning Cancer and Palliative Care Service's Cancer Yarn Up this Tuesday, August 5, at the Purfleet Aboriginal Lands Council.

For the first time, a clinical oncology team from the hospital will visit the Purfleet community between 9.30am and 3.30pm to speak about cancer, prevention and what happens if you are diagnosed.

Open to all Aboriginal community members and health professionals, the forum is free to those attending and includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

The Look'n after our Mob - Now and into the Future program includes presentations from Manning Hospital general manager Tricia Bulic, Aboriginal cancer liaison officer Michelle Wilkes, the hospital's cancer care coordinator Karen Dahdah, oncology treatment nurses Jennifer McKeough and Susan Wetton, Cancer Council NSW community programs co-ordinator Brenna Smith, hospital oncologist Dr Ted (Edward Livshin), radiotherapy clinical nurse specialist Elaine Carey, clinical tutor radiation treatment from Port Macquarie Base Hospital Jamie Marjoribanks, Community Health Taree palliative care nurse Patricia Lowe and cancer survivor and community member Barbara Caine.

The community will also meet the people who can help on a cancer journey including nurse unit manager Sue Arber, genetic counsellor for the Hunter New England Local Health District Bruce Hopper, breast care nurse Rachel Pitt, hospital social worker Patricia Fredrickson, Margaret Bird and Kylie Hunter from the Biripi Aboriginal Medical Corporation and Brenna Smith from the Cancer Council NSW.

Question time, yarning and afternoon tea will conclude the proceedings.

"People will get to meet the team and learn about what are the signs and symptoms and what happens if you have radiation or chemotherapy - and find out who is Dr Ted," said Aboriginal cancer liaison officer Michelle Wilkes.