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Tracheostomy Webinar 11 August 2020

Kia ora,

Melbourne may be in locked down but the desire to help head and neckers remains strong. 


Tracheostomy Patients, families, carers and clinicians please plan to attend 

Tracheostomy Patient and Family Forum 2020

Hosted by Austin Health, Melbourne in partnership with 

The Global Tracheostomy Collaborative (GTC)

 A Symphony of Stories 

with Inspiring  Guest Speakers;

Benjamin Northey, Chief Conductor in Residence, 

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra 

and Chief Conductor, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra NA                

Tracheostomy Patients and Family Presentations; 

Daisy Xu, Sally and Jen Messer, Larry and Michelle Green 


Tuesday 11th August 2020 11 AM – 12:15 PM via ZOOM

This is a free on line event but registration is required

Please Register via this link;



See attached flyer for further details.  Invitation Tracheostomy Patient and Family On Line Forum.pdf

Please forward this invitation to others.


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Improved cancer care for Kiwis


This week they have released their updated New Zealand Cancer Action Plan, David saying it better reflects the voices of people whose lives are ...

Surveillance of ctDNA in HPV-Positive Head and Neck Cancers May Predict Recurrence

Targeted Oncology

The detection of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) in human papillomavirus (HPV) with an experimental blood test has been associated with high positive ...

Newly established Cancer Control Agency recognises World Cancer Day

"The updated New Zealand Cancer Action Plan 2019-2029, which was published yesterday, clearly outlines what we need to do for the future, ...

Blood Test Accurately Identifies HPV-related Head and Neck Cancer Recurrence; Prospective ...

Business Wire (press release)

WALTHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A novel blood test can detect recurrent Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)-related head and neck (oropharyngeal) ...

Botanical drug is shown to help patients with head and neck cancers

EurekAlert (press release)

People with advanced head and neck cancers have a low survival rate and current treatment options such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy ...
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The petition was launched in the later part of 2019 by Diana Ayling. The petition acheived over 640 signatures, and was presented to David Seymore, Member of Parliament for Epsom in November 2019. The petition was tabled in Parliament on the same day. The petition was referred to the Health Select Committee. The Committee are seeking a written submission before speaking with Diana Ayling at Parliament.

The Committee is meeting 12 February 2020 and will review the Network's written submission. They will decide whether there is value in speaking with our representatives. 

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A Rare Disorder Medicine is Funded by Pharmac

After years of campaigning by Kiwi families affected by cystic fibrosis, Pharmac has finally announced plans to fund "breakthrough" drug Kalydeco. It is the first medication that fixes the underlying cystic fibrosis defect, essentially turning off cystic fibrosis for patients with the G551D mutation. Until now, New Zealand has been the only OECD country to not fund Kalydeco, with many patients considering a shift to Australia to gain access to it. Here's our full story from last night's newscast.


Anders Jansson-Bush's Story

An Auckland cancer sufferer, who gifted sunflowers from his front lawn to try raise $100,000 in donations to fund the anti-cancer drug Keytruda, has died.

Steve Wilson's Story

A Thames man is sharing his experience with cancer drug Keytruda in the hope it will help his children and other New Zealand families.

Sixty-three-year-old Steve Wilson says his life was saved after he paid $100,000 out of his own pocket to receive Keytruda treatment.

Now he wants it made accessible through funding from Pharmac for a number of other cancers including the one he had.


Pharmac Funded Breast Cancer Drug Ibrance


US doctor saves life of Kiwi woman with cancer after her call for help on Facebook

An Auckland woman has revealed that the advice she was given from a US doctor in a Facebook group saved her life — after being told she only had months to live.

In 2018, Diana Craig was diagnosed with oropharyngeal (throat) cancer that spread to the lymph nodes in her neck.

After the 52-year-old underwent two radical surgeries, one that was life-changing that left her swallowing and eating compromised, and radiation, doctors told her the cancer had gone.


Miracle drug' Keytruda approved for use earlier in melanoma treatment


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Potential for new political party as lobby group pushes to increase Pharmac funding



Patient Voice Aotearoa chairman Malcolm Mulholland said the concept of new political entity campaigning for better drug buying policies is gathering support.

Mr Mulholland, whose wife Wiki has terminal cancer, is calling for the doubling of funding to Pharmac.

He said patients with a raft of health issues, ranging from cancer to mental health, are being forced to "beg for their lives" when it comes to accessing the latest and most suitable drugs.

At a packed meeting attended by patients and more than 30 advocacy organisations, Patient Voice Aotearoa launched a new campaign called All I Want For Christmas Is To Live.

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Five Steps to a New Normal: Life After Cancer

This article was written by Jenny Leyh, a mother, freelance writer, cancer survivor and integrative health advocate living in Haddon Heights, New Jersey.

Hearing the words “you have cancer” was devastating. It was a life-altering diagnosis that caused time to stand still. But once a plan was established and the treatment began, the fear and unknowns morphed into empowerment. My medical team kept a close eye over everything I did and it was comforting to know that I wasn’t facing this alone.


But once active treatment ended and my calendar went from being filled with appointments to a light schedule of check-ins, the anxiety and fear once again emerged. “You’re cancer-free,” said my doctor, and life was supposed to move on. While everyone around me was celebrating, I once again felt alone and afraid of this new unknown.

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