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Webinars

Ovarian Cancer Australia delivers regular webinars throughout the year to educate, inform and support women living with ovarian cancer and their families.

Participation in these webinars is free and we provide details of up-coming webinars here on our website, and on our social media.

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Past Webinars

Past webinar recordings have been made accessible as an online information and education resource for your viewing here on our website.

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Genetics and Ovarian Cancer

June 19, 2019

Up to 20% of epithelial ovarian cancers are thought to be the result of inheriting a faulty gene from either side of the family. Therefore, many women who have ovarian cancer or who have a relative with ovarian cancer want to have genetic testing to find out if the cancer may be hereditary. This webinar provides information about Genetics and ovarian cancer, including the importance of genetic testing and who should be tested, the process and costs involved in genetic testing and who to contact if you are interested in having genetic testing.

In this webinar, we hear from Associate Professor Marion Harris, a medical oncologist and cancer geneticist who is the Director of the Familial Cancer Centre at Monash Health. Associate Professor Harris discusses the medical aspects of genetics and ovarian cancer and the potential outcomes and implications of genetic testing.

Ms Megan Cotter, a Certified Genetic Counsellor with over 7 years’ clinical experience who has a special interest in familial cancer and neurogenetics, provides an overview of genetics and ovarian cancer and talks about the process of genetic testing and how eligibility for genetic testing is assessed.

We also hear from Ms Christine Christie, who sought genetic testing after discovering her father carried the BRCA 1 gene and discovered she has the BRCA 1 gene. Ms Christie discovered she had ovarian cancer after having preventative surgery. She shares her experience and why genetic testing has been so important to her.

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Speakers
  • Associate Professor Marion Harris
  • Megan Cotter
  • Christine Christie

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Grief and Uncertainty following an ovarian cancer diagnosis

September 29, 2021

Women may experience grief and uncertainty following an ovarian cancer diagnosis, including during and after treatment. For some women these experiences are more pronounced than for others and can have a significant impact on their day to day life. This webinar talks about grief and uncertainty experienced by women following an ovarian cancer diagnosis and provides some suggestions for managing these feelings.

Our first speaker is Dr Charlotte Tottman, a Clinical Psychologist specialising in the treatment of cancer-related distress. Charlotte works with cancer patients and their family members and carers at all stages of their cancer experience. Several years after establishing her private practice in psycho oncology, Charlotte was diagnosed with breast cancer. Charlotte speaks about the uncertainty experienced by women following an ovarian cancer diagnosis.

Our second speaker is Angela Jones, a qualified Social Worker who is part of the support team at Ovarian Cancer Australia and has worked for over 15 years in various settings including palliative care, hospitals and community settings. Angela speaks about the grief and the loss women face following an ovarian cancer diagnosis including the impact on their career and relationships and their loss of independence and future aspirations.

We also hear from Andrea Leslie, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer in 2017, six years after her husband passed away from brain cancer. Andrea shares some of her experiences of grief and uncertainty since her diagnosis and some of the coping strategies she finds useful.

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Speakers:
  • Dr Charlotte Tottman
  • Angela Jones
  • Andrea Leslie
Emotional Impact of caring for your partner who has ovarian cancer and issues of Intimacy and Sexuality: a webinar for male partners

March 25, 2021

The role of the male partner of someone with ovarian cancer is often a challenging one as they experience their own grief and loss as they support their loved one through an ovarian cancer diagnosis and treatment. This webinar focuses on the emotional impact of caring for a woman with ovarian cancer, including issues around sexuality and intimacy.

Our first speaker is Dr Oliver Holmes, a Clinical Psychologist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre who helps patients and their families manage the psychological impacts of cancer. Dr Holmes discusses the emotional impact of caring for a woman with ovarian cancer.

Our second speaker is Kim Hobbs, an oncology social worker at the Westmead Centre for Gynaecological Cancer in Sydney who has supported many women and couples as they negotiate the challenges imposed by an ovarian cancer diagnosis, including in the areas of intimacy and sexuality. Kim discusses issues around intimacy and sexuality, including strategies for maintaining relationship well-being.

We also hear from Tom Braes, a 66 year old QLD magistrate, father of 4 and grandfather of 5, whose wife was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer in 2016. Tom shares an honest and raw insight into his experience of being a carer to his wife, including the challenges he faces.

We are extremely grateful for the funding received for this webinar from Collier Charitable Fund, which is part of OCA’s program to support male partners of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

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Speakers:
  • Dr Oliver Holmes
  • Kim Hobbs
  • Tom Braes
Love in the time of cancer: self-esteem, intimacy, sexuality after an ovarian cancer diagnosis

September 1, 2020

Sexual issues and challenges are common and rank highly among the unmet needs of women with ovarian cancer. This webinar focuses on the sexual challenges and issues faced by women with ovarian cancer and the impact this may have on quality of life and addresses some strategies and resources to manage sexual concerns.

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Speakers:
  • Chantelle Otten
  • Dr Janine Porter-Steele
  • Alisi Jack-Kaufusi

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Exercise and Cancer

November 28, 2018

In this live webinar, Associate Professor Prue Cormie, an Accredited Exercise Physiologist whose research and clinical work focuses on the role of exercise in the management of cancer, will discuss the importance of exercising for people living with cancer and the practicalities of how to exercise. Professor Cormie aims to enhance the lives of people with cancer through innovative research and effectively translating research into practice.

Julie Vickers, a 62 year old woman who was diagnosed with stage 3c Primary Peritoneal cancer in April 2015 will share her experience of exercise since her cancer diagnosis. Julie has recently undergone radiation therapy to treat a recurrence and believes that exercise has been extremely important to her since being diagnosed with cancer. Since participating in regular physical activity Julie has never felt stronger and is very grateful to feel so well three and half years after her diagnosis.

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Speakers:
  • Associate Professor Prue Cormie
  • Julie Vickers
Young women with ovarian cancer: emotional impact and early menopause

November 21, 2017

In this webinar, Professor Martha Hickey, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne and Head of Menopause Unit, The Women’s Hospital, Melbourne talks about the effects of surgical menopause including infertility and the psycho-social impact this has on young women. Doctor Brendha Pillay, a clinical psychologist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre focuses on body image, feeling isolated and the impact that being diagnosed with Ovarian cancer at a relatively young age has on relationships with family and friends. We also hear from Doctor Francine Marques, a young women who was diagnosed with Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer in her early thirties. She shares her experience of being diagnosed and living with ovarian cancer at such a young age.

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Speakers:
  • Professor Martha Hickey
  • Doctor Brendha Pillay
  • Doctor Francine Marques

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Fear of Recurrence

August 16, 2018

One of the most common worries women have after finishing cancer treatment is fearing their cancer will come back. For some women, this fear is worse than for others and although most women say the fear lessens over time, it can have a huge impact on their day to day life at the time, as well as those around them. This webinar will provide information on fear of recurrence for women with ovarian cancer including why women are fearful, types of fears and feeling uncertain about the future. It will also provide some advice for managing fears.

Dr Maria Ftanou, clinical psychologist, Clinical Psychology Department at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne and Research Fellow, School of Population and Global Health at The University of Melbourne will talk about what this anxiety around fear of recurrence is, when it may arise and some techniques to help manage the fear.

Dr Ben Smith, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Oncology Education and Research Translation (CONCERT), Ingham Institute and UNSW Australia will talk about the latest research regarding the impact and management of fear of cancer recurrence in people affected by ovarian cancer and cancer more generally.

Ms Jan Antony, who was diagnosed with Stage III ovarian cancer in 2008 will share her experiences and thoughts on how she manages her fears of recurrence.

Thank you for to AbbVie who have provided the funding required for the delivery of this webinar.

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Speakers:
  • Dr Maria Ftanou
  • Dr Ben Smith
  • Ms Jan Antony

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Communication and Cancer; talking to your treatment team and loved ones

In this webinar Clinical Psychologist Dr Katharine Hodgkinson shares techniques for open communication and discusses how best to discuss concerns and questions with your medical team. Dr Hodgkinson offers strategies for keeping an effective record of your treatment and appointments, and discusses how to talk about cancer with your family, including age-appropriate ways of talking about cancer with children.

Dr Hodgkinson also touches on how much to share of your cancer experience with your larger network and how best to respond to comments or advice which may be hurtful or discomforting.

This webinar also features Denise Firth who shares her personal experience of communicating with her ovarian cancer treatment team, and her family and friends.

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Speakers
  • Dr Katharine Hodgkinson
  • Ms Denise Firth

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Coping with Fear and Looking after your Emotional Wellbeing: Psychosocial aspects of living with ovarian cancer
June 17, 2020

This webinar will address the psycho-social aspects of living with an ovarian cancer diagnosis.

In this webinar, we will hear from Dr Jemma Gilchrist, a senior clinical psychologist with a special interest in the emotional care of individuals and families coping with cancer. Dr Gilchrist will be speaking about the emotional rollercoaster of coping with the fear of the cancer recurring or progressing and some strategies to help manage these emotions.

Hayley Russell, a support co-ordinator at Ovarian Cancer and a trained counsellor with a background in cancer care and grief, trauma and loss counselling within a community palliative care context. Hayley will speak about maintaining self-care and self-compassion through an ovarian cancer experience.

We will also hear from Clare O’Donnell, who was diagnosed with stage 4 high grade serous ovarian cancer four and half years ago at the age of 47. She has been on treatment since that time and is currently on a clinical trial. Clare will share her experiences and thoughts on how she has coped with living with ovarian cancer and how she manages her fears of recurrence.

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Speakers
  • Dr Jemma Gilchrist
  • Hayley Russell
  • Clare O'Donnell

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Treatment

Latest Developments into Ovarian Cancer

April 16, 2020

This webinar will provide information about the latest developments in Ovarian cancer research, including some of the clinical trials that are currently underway and new therapies emerging for ovarian cancer.

In this webinar, we will hear from Professor Michael Friedlander, a conjoint Professor of Medicine at the University of NSW and a medical oncologist at the Prince of Wales Hospital and Royal Hospital for Women, who will talk about the use of PARP inhibitors in ovarian cancer. 

Dr Yoland Antill, a medical oncologist and cancer genetics specialist based in Melbourne will focus on germline and somatic genetic testing in ovarian cancer.

We will also hear from Kristin Young, who was diagnosed with Stage IIIC Ovarian Cancer in September 2009 and has been on clinical trials for much of that time. Kristin will share her experience of being involved in clinical trials.

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Speakers:

  • Professor Michael Friedlander
  • Dr Yoland Antill
  • Kristin Young

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March 26, 2019

In this webinar, Dr Yoland Antill, a medical oncologist talks about some of the current research in ovarian cancer including the SOLO2 trial looking at the use of Olaparib in early ovarian cancer.

Another medical oncologist, Dr Tarek Meniawy, talks about clinical trials and new therapies in ovarian cancer including PARP inhibitors, immunotherapy and the timing of different treatments.

Ms Vicki Sidoti, who was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer five years ago shares her experience of being on a clinical trial and why the trial has been so important to her.

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Speakers:
  • Dr Yolanda Antill
  • Dr Tarek Meniawy
  • Ms Vicki Sodoti

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Previous events

Knowledge = Empowerment

Brisbane and Adelaide
November 2019

Presented by Ovarian Cancer Australia.

Ovarian Cancer Australia hosted a consumer forum in Brisbane and Adelaide on the topic of ‘Knowledge = Understanding’. Health professionals with expertise in ovarian cancer presented on a range of topics including genetics and ovarian cancer, side effects and symptoms management, the emotional impact of ovarian cancer and fear of recurrence, research and clinical trials and a lived experience of ovarian cancer.

Watch the presentations:

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Research, Hope and Understanding

Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide
May & June 2019

Presented by Ovarian Cancer Australia

Ovarian Cancer Australia hosted a consumer forum around Australia on the topic of ‘Research, Hope & Understanding’. Health professionals with expertise in ovarian cancer presented on a range of topics including genetics and ovarian cancer, side effects and symptoms management, the emotional impact of ovarian cancer and fear of recurrence., research and clinical trials and a lived experience of ovarian cancer.

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