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Hayley Russell, Senior Research Manager at OCA, Recognised with World Ovarian Cancer Coalition Impact Award

11 December 2023

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Ovarian Cancer Australia (OCA) proudly announces the recognition of Hayley Russell, Senior Research Manager, named the recipient of the Transformational Researcher Award at the third annual World Ovarian Cancer Coalition Impact Awards.

The awards ceremony, celebrating outstanding achievements which make a difference in the lives of people impacted by ovarian cancer, took place earlier this month. Globally recognised, these awards highlight individuals within the sector who have excelled across six categories. Hayley was honored with the Transformational Researcher Award for her significant role in ovarian cancer research.

Hayley Russell's career of over a decade is defined by a blend of specialised clinical work and groundbreaking research collaborations. In 2018, Hayley initiated research collaborations with top universities, delving into critical areas such as fear of cancer recurrence (FCR), sexuality, and carer wellbeing. Her work has significantly influenced the trajectory of ovarian cancer psychosocial research, addressing the unmet needs of those affected.

Gratefully acknowledging the award, Hayley expressed, "Thank you to the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition for this award, and particularly for recognising a body of work in psychosocial research, which we know is of the highest priority to people impacted by ovarian cancer... Thank you above all to everyone I’ve supported who is impacted by ovarian cancer. Walking with you as you navigate the most difficult of paths is the most meaningful aspect of my career."

Clara MacKay, CEO of the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition, emphasised the critical role of advocates like Hayley in light of the projected 42% rise in ovarian cancer cases by 2040. She noted, "The work of advocates who work on behalf of all of those impacted by ovarian cancer is more important than ever. It is truly humbling to see such incredible work achieved over the last year by all of our winners, nominees, and the wider ovarian cancer community."

Hayley's efforts in transformative research are evident in co-authored publications in reputable journals, presentations at respected national and international conferences, and the creation of essential resources. Notable initiatives under her leadership include an online intervention for fear of cancer recurrence, iConquerFear, the establishment of a dedicated Sexuality Counseling clinic, and the founding of a Male Partners Program, all within the framework of Ovarian Cancer Australia.

Looking to the future, Hayley remains driven to enhance the lives of those impacted by ovarian cancer including leading the establishment of the Ovarian Cancer Psychosocial Research Centre, set to launch in early 2024. Her collaborative networks continue to advance psychosocial research, leaving a lasting impact on the field – ensuring no one affected walks alone.

You can watch the event here and find the official press release of the 2023 World Ovarian Cancer Coalition Impact Awards on their website.

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Ovarian Cancer Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land where our office is located, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation and we pay our respects to Elders past and present.