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Two outstanding individuals announced in the 2020 Jeannie Ferris Cancer Australia Awards

Two outstanding individuals announced in the 2020 Jeannie Ferris Cancer Australia Awards


Cancer Australia has recognised two outstanding individuals for their dedicated efforts to improving outcomes for women with gynaecological cancer. Kristen Larsen and Professor Anna De Fazio are the 2020 recipients of the Jeannie Ferris Cancer Australia Recognition Award. Ovarian Cancer Australia is proud to have nominated both women for their impactful work.

Kristen was recognised posthumously with the 2020 Jeannie Ferris Cancer Australia Recognition Award for Members of the Community for her passionate advocacy and global awareness raising of ovarian cancer.

Professor Anna DeFazio was awarded the 2020 Jeannie Ferris Cancer Australia Recognition Award for Health Professionals and Researchers for her outstanding commitment over 20 years to improving outcomes for women with gynaecological cancer.

Kristen lived with ovarian cancer for most of her adult life. From the time she was diagnosed, she inspired so many through her tireless efforts to raise awareness and funds for ovarian cancer in Australia, and the world.

She showed great tenacity and vulnerability in her efforts to raise much needed funds and awareness for ovarian cancer. Kristen’s positive impact and momentum will continue for years to come and provide hope for women impacted by this disease.

Professor DeFazio is one of Australia’s leading translational ovarian cancer researchers. For over 20 years, Professor DeFazio has devoted her career to progressing outcomes for women with gynaecological cancer and has shown exceptional leadership in ovarian cancer research.

Professor DeFazio has worked with Ovarian Cancer Australia on the delivery of the biannual Health Professional Symposium and the study INOVATe – or Individualised Ovarian Cancer Treatment Through Integration of Genomic Pathology into Multidisciplinary Care – is developing strategies to trial new targeted therapeutic drugs and treat patients according to sub types, using new protocols for molecular testing.

The Jeannie Ferris Awards were launched in 2013 in honour of the late Senator Jeannie Ferris to recognise exceptional efforts made by individuals in Australia to improve gynaecological cancer outcomes.

Find out more about the awards on the Cancer Australia website and watch the thank you video here. 


26 June 2020
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