Friday Update - 5th of May 2023

Mez_BCNA Administrator, Staff, Member, Moderator Posts: 902
edited May 2023 in Community news and events

Hello members,

There is quite a lot of BCNA activity to share in this update; new cancer treatments recommended for PBS subsidy; Season 2 of the Dr. Charlotte Tottman podcast; 'Prioritising me – Setting healthy boundaries’ webcast and more! 

Also, Bakers Delight’s Pink Bun campaign is back! Head into your local Bakers Delight between 11 May to 31 May, where 100% of the sales from every Fun Bun sold will go to Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA). I will share more details about the history of the campaign and how you can be involved.

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BCNA News 19 April 2023 - Bridging the gap in mental health support

BCNA’s unique podcast, What You Don’t Know Until You Do with Clinical Psychologist and breast cancer survivor, Dr Charlotte Tottman has launched a second series – What You Don’t Know Until You Do: Unlimited CLICK HERE to read more

BCNA News 24 April 2023 - New breast cancer treatments recommended for subsidy
The recommendation of three breast cancer drugs for subsidy on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) is a significant step forward for all Australians affected by breast cancer  CLICK HERE to read more. 

BCNA News 24 April 2023 - New alert for scam door knockers

It’s recently came to our attention people claiming to represent Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) are knocking on doors in NSW asking for donations CLICK HERE to read more. 

BCNA News 04 May 2023 - BCNA welcomes pharmacy prescription changes for breast cancer medications

The financial impact for many who require hormone therapy following a breast cancer diagnosis will be lessened thanks to changes to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) CLICK HERE to read more.

Darwin Information Forum

BCNA is hosting an Information Forum in Darwin on the 17th of May 2023 for everyone affected by breast cancer, including their supporters, covering a range of vital topics CLICK HERE to register.

Pink up your May!

Between 11 May and 31 May 2023, 100 per cent of the money from sales of all Fun Buns sold in Bakers Delight bakeries around the country (not just pink ones) will be donated to BCNA. Over the last 23 years, Bakers Delight has raised nearly $23 million for BCNA. Your support ensures BCNA continues to provide free services and resources to the 20,741 people expected to be diagnosed this year as well as their families and supporters. If you do not wish to purchase a pink bun you can also support the campaign during the 11 May - 31 May period by:

  1. Purchasing a Tote bag for $7 or collecting all 3 Fun Bun Friends for $5 each

  2. Purchasing a BCNA Field of Women Beanie or Bucket Hat for $25 each, only available online or at selected bakeries

  3. Asking the friendly Bakers Delight staff to add a donation to your purchase when visiting a bakery 

  4. Scanning the donation QR code on the Pink Bun Donation tins at Bakers Delight stores making a donation online 

  5. Visit and donate to BCNA online 

A Pink Bun party is another wonderful way to get involved together with friends, family, or work colleagues. Read more via the link 

Counterpart  - workshop

Counterpart are holding an ‘Chair Yoga’ online workshop on the 31st May 2023 for women affected by cancer. The session is designed to leave you energised and relaxed  CLICK HERE to read more about ‘What’s on’ at Counterpart.


Did you miss last week’s webcast? 

Have you had trouble setting healthy boundaries with those around you during and beyond your breast cancer experience? Our Prioritising me - Setting healthy boundaries webcast is now available for viewing on demand via the following link (If you have not previously registered, you will need to register to watch recording). We had 168 registrations and the session went overtime with great viewer questions and subsequent chats from the panel!

Books/Movies/TV Series/Documentaries

Last Monday’s ABC Australian Story featured actress Heather Mitchell, who shared the dramatic twists and turns in her life; including her breast cancer diagnosis:

Hope you enjoyed the update and if you have any feedback please feel free to comment below or send a private message.

@Jenny_BCNA @Carissa_BCNA @Pat_BCNA @Mez_BCNA 
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"Walls keep everybody out. Boundaries teach them where the door is." - Mark Groves