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CanForum 2021

CanForum 2021

9:30AM - 2:00PM Friday 26th November 2021
CanForum 2021
Registrations for this event are now closed.

Watch this short preview to find out what CanForum 2021 will explore, and meet some of the international thought leaders who will be sharing their views and expertise.

at CanForum 2021

How can we look beyond the excuses to prioritise patient lives? 

How can we break through the buzzwords that create the illusion of action? 

How can we genuinely value the lived experience of the patients of today
in order to give the patients of tomorrow the opportunities they deserve?

Join us online on Friday 26 November at 9.30 am (AEDT) as we explore the answers with a never-before-seen line-up of progressive international thought leaders who will explore:

How we can liberate real-world data and use patient experiences effectively

How real patient experiences can be translated to create real system reform

What the "right to health" means from a human rights, constitutional law and ethics perspective

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Hon Greg Hunt MP

Minister for Health and Aged Care
Parliament of Australia

Greg has been Minister for Health since January 2017 and has been working to deliver a world class health system for Australia. In December 2020, Greg added responsibility for Aged Care to his portfolio, leading the Government’s response to the Aged Care Royal Commission.

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Greg was born and raised on the Mornington Peninsula where he currently resides with his wife Paula and two young children.

Greg graduated from Melbourne University with First Class Honours in Law, and subsequently won a Fulbright Scholarship to complete a Masters of International Relations at Yale University.

Throughout university and his time on a kibbutz in Israel he worked in warehouses, as a metal worker and as a fruit picker.

After university Greg worked with Mallesons Stephen Jacques, before becoming Associate to the Chief Justice of the Federal Court.

Between 1994 and 1998, Greg worked as senior adviser to the then opposition Leader and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer. He subsequently headed Australia’s electoral mission to Cambodia in 1998.

Greg then worked with McKinsey and Co for almost three years during which time he became an Engagement Manager and specialised in telecommunications, start-ups, government reform and the banking sector.

Greg’s achievements include being named a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, being a runner up in the World Debating Championships and being selected as Australia’s debating captain.

Greg was elected as the Federal Member for Flinders in 2001, and became Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage and then Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs as a young MP in the Howard Government.

Greg was Shadow Minister in the Environment portfolio between 2007 and 2013, and was Minister for the Environment between September 2013 and July 2016.

As Environment Minister, Greg counts his key achievements as establishing Australia’s successful Emissions Reduction Fund, developing the Great Barrier Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan and $1 billion Reef Fund. 

In 2016 he was selected as the inaugural Best Minister in the World recipient at the World Government Summit.

Greg was appointed Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science in July 2016. 

In January 2017, Greg was appointed Minister for Health and Sport. Greg has always had a strong connection with the medical profession. His mother was a nurse and his wife is a nurse.

Greg will use his background in the Industry, Innovation and Science portfolio to build on Australia’s track record for medical breakthroughs, turning what is done in the laboratory into better healthcare for patients. 

Mental health is an issue that is particularly important to Greg. He wants to be a strong advocate for greater understanding and community awareness, and to ensure we have the necessary resources to help deal with this very important issue.

Greg is a keen sportsman and has competed in seven marathons as well as numerous local events such as the Arthurs Seat Challenge fun run, the San Remo Channel Challenge and the Dromana Life Saving Club swim.

As a sports fan and sports Dad, Greg is passionate about Australian sport and his top priority will be increasing participation across all ages – and winning back the Ashes.

As the Member for Flinders, Greg has completed four 500km walks around his electorate – in 2004, 2007, 2011 and 2015 – two each to raise funds for Juvenile Diabetes and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

In December 2020, Greg added responsibility for Aged Care to his portfolio, leading the Government’s response to the Aged Care Royal Commission.

Prof Dorothy Keefe PSM MD

Chief Executive Officer
Cancer Australia

Professor Dorothy Keefe has led Cancer Australia, Australia’s national cancer agency, since 2019. Prior to this, she had a long and distinguished career as a medical oncologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and as Professor of Cancer Medicine at the University of Adelaide, where she remains an Honorary Clinical Professor.

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Her long-term research interest is in Supportive Care in Cancer and she is a past-President of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC). She has led cancer services at all levels, as well as health reform in South Australia. She has a Master’s in Medical Leadership and a strong interest in advocacy, career development and mentoring. 

Professor Keefe is committed to patient-centred care, reducing unnecessary variation in cancer outcomes, and to improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. During her tenure as CEO of Cancer Australia, she has led the enquiry into Lung Cancer Screening for Australia, and started work on the first national Australian Cancer Plan.

What can you expect at CanForum 2021?

These international trailblazers will be presenting their unique and provocative views to challenge our perceptions on cancer care.

In addition to these discussions, CanForum 2021 will feature open panel discussions with experts, Australians with a lived experience and clinicians sharing their experiences and perspectives on the role of the lived experience in health care. Australian speakers and panellists will be announced closer to the event date.

The event will also feature the launch of the National Oncology Alliance’s Realising the rights and roles of Australian cancer patients report. In an exciting time of change in cancer care, as science and technology gathers pace, the report explores whether our current health system is keeping up and how disparities can be addressed by truly valuing the lived experience, through the voices of real Australians with a lived experience.

Sophie Scott, widely respected Health Reporter at ABC, will MC the event. 

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to think outside the bubble on Friday 26 November at 9.30 am (AEDT), join us online for CanForum 2021.

Ticket prices

This is a free event for patients, carers, families, and representatives from patient organisations.

Tickets are $400+GST per person for all other attendees.

 All registrants will be sent an email with instructions on how to access the live stream on the day.

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For further inquiries, please contact Nikki Kerr, Corporate and External Relations Manager, nikki@rarecancers.org.au

Event Sponsors

Rare Cancers Australia would like to acknowledge our supporters who help make Canforum possible: