Saturday, August 1 • 12:20pm - 1:50pm
Patient Advocacy: Consumers & Advocates - Adding the 'Rock & Roll' to the practice of Contemporary Psycho-Oncology (Lunch Plenary)

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This session will demonstrate the critical role consumer advocates play in shaping the research and practice agenda for real world solutions to improve the quality of life for people diagnosed with cancer and their families. Increasingly, the practice of psycho-oncology is dogged by complex narrative, methodological disputes, and statistical skirmishing. Questions about relevance are key in an environment craving innovative yet efficacious answers to seemingly intractable problems. A series of three case studies will be presented, each bringing together a consumer advocate and psycho-oncology researcher or health professional. Each pair will describe their experience in working collaboratively to define and then subsequently address a problem, with a particular emphasis on outcomes. Finally each pair will summarise a “call to arms” for congress participants with a list of three tips or essential actions for meaningful impacts.

To close the session, the Chair will summarise the key points and facilitate a panel discussion with the audience.

Prof. Jeff Dunn, PhD, AO
Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Council Queensland, Australia

Prof. Gary L. Kreps, Ph.D., FAAHB
University Distinguished Professor, Department of Communication Director, George Mason University, USA 

Prof. Nur Aishah Mohd Taib
Professor, Consultant Breast Surgeon, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Paula Kim
Chief Executive Officer, Translating Research Across Communities (TRAC),USA 

Ranjit Kaur Pritam Singh
Chairman, NCD Alliance Malaysia and Chairman, Together Against Cancer Malaysia

Prof. Suzanne Chambers
Professor of Preventative Health, Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University, Australia

Peter Dornan, AM
Convenor, Brisbane Prostate Cancer Support Network, Australia 

Saturday August 1, 2015 12:20pm - 1:50pm
Liberty Ballroom Meeting Level 4

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