Friday update 16 November 2018

Giovanna_BCNAGiovanna_BCNA Administrator, Staff, Member, Moderator Posts: 1,034
edited November 2018 in Community news and events

Hello everyone, welcome to Fridays update.

Wow, where has 2018 gone!  Can you believe it’s only 5 weeks till Christmas…  I will be hosting my second Christmas lunch this year at my place for about 15 people.  I must have done a good job last year as they are all coming back for seconds!!  

The business of this year at BCNA seems to be subsiding slowly.  The My Journey online tool has been extremely well received by health professionals and by women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.  Work continues to ensure that health professionals are confident in making referrals to the online tool and content continues to be added as the resources become available.  The information regarding Ductal Carcinoma In situ (DCIS) will be available by the end of the year.   

BCNA held the last in a series of information forums this Wednesday 14 November in Whyalla South Australia.  The forums provide practical information to help manage the physical and emotional effects of a breast cancer diagnosis.  The forum was really well received and plans are now underway on the forum schedule for next year.

Community Highlights

1.  Feeling very overwhelmed  Thread commenced by @Kate62 about her experience of having lumpectomy and hearing the news that she needs further surgery.  

2.  On Our Walks  Great thread that continues to highlight some of nature’s beautiful scenery!

3.  Our gardens  Great thread commenced by @Annie C, with beautiful photographs!

Community news

Standard for Informed Financial Consent

Many of you may have heard about the Standard for Informed Financial Consent which has been put forward by Cancer Council Australia, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, CanTeen and BCNA and proposes a standard for informed financial consent as a key component of delivering quality care. The standard supports doctors and practices to engage in activities that enable greater transparency around fees charged to enable patients to better consider the likely financial impact to them.  A draft of the standard is available online for public feedback till 15 February 2019.  Click here for more information from Cancer Council Australia.  Here is a recent Article in the New Daily which talks about the new Standard, as well as the high financial costs of cancer more generally.  Article 

Campaign by the Advanced Breast Cancer (ABC) Global Alliance

BCNA is proud to be part of the Advanced Breast Care Global Alliance that aims to improve and extend the lives of men and women worldwide. Parliamentarians in the European Union are being called on to support those returning to work by offering flexible work arrangements. BCNA has a suite of resources for Australians facing workplace challenges and continues to campaign for improvements. Click here for link to work and breast cancer

Campaigners call for stronger rights to work for people living with breast cancer article


Jean Hailes for Womens Health

You may like to review the November newsletter from Jean Hailes, there are some great articles including one 

called ‘Hormonal health – clues made clear’


Carmen’s women’s fun run Sunday 2 December St Kilda Melbourne

Walk, Run or Just Have Fun

The Carman’s Women’s Fun Run is proudly supporting Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA). Whether you walk, run or just have fun, it’s all about getting together with friends and family and having a great day full laughter and good times. Help us turn St Kilda pink on Sunday 2nd December and don’t forget to start your fundraising page when you register and share it with your support crew.

Paying it forward…

BCNA member and Intensive Care Nurse Natt McGregor is paying forward the care she received during her breast cancer treatment by trekking 124 km across Scotland. She and seven friends will take off in April 2019 in celebration of survival and in memory of Natt’s best friend who wasn’t so lucky.   Take a look at their trek in training and lend your support.

Hoping you have a good weekend everyone

Regards Giovanna



  • SoldierCrabSoldierCrab Bathurst NSW Member Posts: 3,204
    Thank you Giovanna, 

  • kmakmkmakm MelbourneMember Posts: 7,189
    I'll bring trifle.
  • SoldierCrabSoldierCrab Bathurst NSW Member Posts: 3,204
    I can bring the booze ;)  gotta have good booze 
  • Giovanna_BCNAGiovanna_BCNA Administrator, Staff, Member, Moderator Posts: 1,034
    Sounds like a plan ladies!  That would be great fun!
  • arpiearpie Mid North Coast, NSWMember Posts: 2,777
    I’ll bring the Ukulele’s!  ;). You bring your voices!  :) 

  • Blossom1961Blossom1961 VicMember Posts: 1,123
    @arpie You had better bring both. If I bring my voice everyone would leave!
  • SisterSister Adelaide Hills, SAMember Posts: 4,078
    Are we having a roast?  As Paul Kelly says - nothing should stop the Christmas roast!
  • SoldierCrabSoldierCrab Bathurst NSW Member Posts: 3,204
    Yummy kmakm 

  • kmakmkmakm MelbourneMember Posts: 7,189
    @SoldierCrab My mother taught me well!
  • Blossom1961Blossom1961 VicMember Posts: 1,123
    I'll bring the truffles. Is it okay if they are the sort that gets you pulled up by the booze bus?
  • kmakmkmakm MelbourneMember Posts: 7,189
    FINE BY ME  ;) 
  • Patti JPatti J Member Posts: 476
    A couple of weeks ago I was stopped for random breath testing. I was very pleased because I told the lovely policeman that I  was on drugs that could kill him! He took it very well. 😊
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