Think Pink Events 2022

– The Use Of Psychedelic Drugs In The Palliative Care Setting with Dr Margaret Ross PsyD –

(This event was held on Wednesday 2nd March 2022 for Second Hope and HOT Pink Sisters Support Groups)

Dr Ross joined us to discuss the current study at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, which uses synthetic ‘psilocybin’ (a psychedelic compound found in ‘magic mushrooms’) in combination with psychotherapy, to treat depression and anxiety in people with advanced stage illnesses. She will also briefly discuss: .

  • The historical use of psilocybin in indigenous cultures.
  • Why promising research in the 60’s (which indicated psychedelics could help alleviate fear of death in some cancer patients) ground to a halt very quickly.
  • How psychedelic research in cancer related anxiety and depression resumed in 2000’s and why psilocybin + therapy could potentially ease psychological suffering in people with terminal illness.

Dr Margaret Ross is the Chief Principal Investigator and Clinical Lead for Australia’s first psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy study treating depression and anxiety in the terminally ill. Her study is a world first investigating psilocybin assisted therapy for all palliative conditions. Dr Ross is pioneering a new frontier in psychedelic medicine. She combines this ground-breaking trial with palliative medicine and clinical work in her role as Senior Clinical Psychologist and Senior Researcher at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.

“We see a lot of fear and despair in our terminally ill patients, so to be able to offer a novel trial treatment that has already shown such promise is excellent. It’s really a privilege to be able to conduct this research. This is one of the most exciting developments in psychiatric research in decades.”

– Lymphoedema Presentation with Sarah Gill –

(This event was held on Tuesday 8th March 2022 for the Fabulous Over 50s and Beyond Support Group)

The Fabulous Over 50s and Beyond Support Group were joined by lymphatic specialist Sarah Gill via Zoom. Sarah has worked for over 10 years as a certified lymphoedema practitioner and as a remedial massage therapist for 20 years.

Sarah Gill is a sought-after educator and regularly gives presentations on lymphoedema to other health professionals, consumers, and community groups.

She is a Dr. Vodder (lymphatic) certified therapist, she has a Diploma of Remedial Massage and is a member of the Australasian Lymphology Association & Massage & Myotherapy Australia.

 

– Q&A session with Dr James McCracken –

(This event was held on Thursday 10th March 2022 for the Pink Sisters Support Group)

Dr James McCracken was invited for a Q & A Session with the Pink Sisters Support Group.

Dr James McCracken is a Medical Oncologist with the breast service at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, where he is also undertaking a PhD in the clinical utility of circulating tumour DNA as a predictive and prognostic biomarker in breast cancer.

He is often an invited speaker at educational events, and is passionate about educating junior doctors, being the founder and course convener of the Melbourne Cancer Course.

 

– Exercise & Breast Cancer Information Session with Dale Ischia –

(This event was held on Monday 28th March 2022 for for all Think Pink clients)

This information session was presented by Accredited Exercise physiologist, Dale Ischia.

Dale heads up Moving Beyond Cancer; an awarding winning Exercise Physiology clinic dedicated to helping people with cancer maintain or regain their health and fitness. Dale discussed the benefits of exercise during treatment, post treatment and what needs to be considered when exercising.

Dale Ischia is an Accredited Exercise physiologist with more than 20 years clinical experience who has specialised in oncology over the past 7 years.

Dale founded ‘Moving Beyond Cancer‘, an exercise physiology program dedicated to improving the lives of people with a cancer diagnosis through appropriately prescribed exercise.

 

– Breast Cancer and Criteria for Genetic Testing with Morgan Murphy –

(This event was held on Wednesday 6th April 2022 for the Supporting Blokes Group)

The Supporting Blokes Group was joined by Genetics Nurse – Morgan Murphy as he answered questions about the criteria for genetic testing, counselling involved prior to testing, implications for insurance, cost involved and the various genetic mutations in relation to breast cancer.

Morgan Murphy is a Genetics Nurse for the Parkville Familial Cancer Clinic at Peter Mac and Bendigo Health Cancer Centre located in Bendigo.

Morgan coordinates the familial cancer clinic in Bendigo and Mildura, seeing patients and family members concerned about the family history of cancer and assessment of family history to identify high risk cancer genes, providing information, support and education about the level of genetic risk.

Morgan has been a Genetics Nurse for 14 years and has also worked as an oncology nurse and palliative care nurse.

– Palliative Care with Kaye Hose –

(This event was held on Wednesday 6th April 2022 for the Second Hope and HOT Pink Sisters Support Groups)

Kaye Hose, a Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultant from the Austin Hospital, joined us to talk about the role Palliative Care can play in your treatment, in particular symptom management.

Kaye was keen to answer any questions around the subject of Palliative Care such as:

  • What role does palliative care play in my treatment?
  • How is the service provided at a hospital based clinic different from a Palliative Care service in the community/home?
  • Do all hospitals offer a palliative care service?
  • What symptoms can a palliative care service help to manage?
  • When is the right time to access Palliative Care? What if I leave it too late?

Kaye Hose’s experience in palliative care is in both the hospital sector as a Palliative Care Nurse Consultant at The Austin Hospital and in a previous role in the community with Melbourne City Mission Palliative Care service as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Kaye is currently employed with Austin Health and is involved in transitioning patients from hospital to home with The Palliative Care Acute Transition Home Service (PATH). Kaye also works in the outpatients setting in the Palliative Care Clinic which focuses on keeping patients well with symptoms managed in their own home.

In keeping with a community focus, Kaye is also working on the Palliative Care Advisory Service which is a phone service set up by The Department of Health to support both the community and health professionals in the provision of palliative care.

– Loneliness and Connection with Ande Szendroe –

(This event was held on Wednesday 4th May 2022 for the Supporting Blokes Group)

For this session, Ande Szendroe presented an overview on loneliness and connection, which is recognised as a growing public health priority across Western Societies.

The Department of Health (Victorian Government) have been working with a range of specialist providers developing information, education packages and has invested in ongoing service delivery in response to the growing challenges of loneliness. The impact of almost two years of lockdowns for many Victorians continues as we are all encouraged to live with COVID. For individuals living with or recovering from life-threatening illnesses and treatments, their families and carers, loneliness can be amplified.

Ande Szendroe brings a range of clinical and program-development expertise to the Team at Think Pink. Her services include, a timely and responsive counselling service, service-planning and development with a focus on education and co-facilitation of the Think Pink Bloke’s Group.

Ande is passionate about the particular and purposeful non-clinical service model provided at the Living Centre. As a resident counsellor, she offers dedicated life and adjustment counselling services.

– Acupuncture Supporting Breast Cancer with Christine Lee –

(This event was held on Monday 9th May 2022 for the Fabulous Over 50s and Beyond Support Group)

The Fabulous Over 50s and Beyond Support Group were joined by Christine Lee who is a qualified acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner via Zoom. We discussed how acupuncture can be helpful for cancer related fatigue, heat & neuropathy.


Christine Lee has been a qualified acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner for over 14 years. She graduated from RMIT in Melbourne and completed her internship in Nanjing, China in 2008.

Christine has a special interest in supporting patients through their cancer diagnosis, treatment and ongoing. She has completed advanced studies in oncology acupuncture and has worked in an integrative cancer support clinic. These days she works in Fitzroy North and Flemington, and continues to support cancer patients.

– Menopause & Breast Cancer with Associate Professor Amanda Vincent –

(This event was held on Monday 16th May 2022 for all Think Pink Clients)

Menopause can be a really challenging time in a woman’s life whether it occurs naturally or is medically induced due to treatment side effects. This session was presented by Associate Professor Amanda Vincent who explored menopause and breast cancer, the effects and reasons why this occurs.

Associate Professor Amanda Vincent has clinical, research and translation expertise with national and international recognition in the area of menopause. This is demonstrated by her roles as a consultant endocrinologist for 25 years in the multidisciplinary Monash Health Menopause Clinic including the development of the Early Menopause, Menopause Oncology and Turner syndrome Long-term care clinics; as an invited speaker at national and international meetings (professional and consumer); as a Board member and President of the Australasian Menopause Society and as an invited member of the Cancer Australia working group on management of menopause in women with breast cancer.

Amanda is Co-chair of an international guideline development group for updating the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) 2016 premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) guideline and is keen for feedback from women with POI regarding content and resources to accompany the guideline.

– Q&A session with Dr James McCracken –

(This event was held on Tuesday 7th June 2022 for the Fabulous Over 50s and Beyond Support Group)

Dr James McCracken was invited for a Q & A Session with the Fabulous Over 50s and Beyond Support Group.

Dr James McCracken is a Medical Oncologist with the breast service at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, where he is also undertaking a PhD in the clinical utility of circulating tumour DNA as a predictive and prognostic biomarker in breast cancer.

He is often an invited speaker at educational events, and is passionate about educating junior doctors, being the founder and course convener of the Melbourne Cancer Course.

 

– Mens Health with Dr Bernie Crimmins –

(This event was held on Wednesday 6th July 2022 for the Supporting Blokes Group)

Dr Bernie Crimmins was invited to talk with the Think Pink Supporting Blokes group for an educational and entertaining session about Men’s Health.

Dr Bernie Crimmins graduated from Melbourne University in 1980 and completed his Residency years at St Vincent’s Hospital. He began General Practice in 1983 and has completed a Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition and a Masters Degree in Public Health.

Bernie has special interests in Nutrition and Weight Management, and Sports Medicine – having been the Hawthorn Football Club’s Medical Officer for 15 years and author of multiple men’s health books.

Specialities in General Medicine include: Nutrition; Weight Management; Sports Medicine.

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