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"End of Life Conversations" in Rockhampton
CanSpeak QLD will host an "End-of-Life Conversation" at the Cancer Council Queensland Education Centre, Upper Dawson Road, Rockhampton on Tuesday, 16 November 2010 at 7.30pm.

The evening will be an opportunity for the community to be informed as well as raise issues of concern.

Graham Fenlon, Nurse Manager of Palliative Care, Rockhampton Hospital will present on palliative care issues which will be followed by a forum on Voluntary Assisted Euthanasia.

The panelists for the forum are Rev Dr Noel Preston (Ethics); Dr John Agar-Wilson (Medical Practice) and Hon Alan Demack (Law). Aspects covered include:

Ethics: What we can do vs What we ought to do
Law: Hastening death and the Criminal Code.
Practice: Medical decision or whole of society decision?

Please contact for more information or to register you interest in this event.

COSA Consumer Forum 2010

Monday 8 November, 1-5pm
Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre

CanSpeak QLD are proud to be sending five our newest members to the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA) conference, and a couple of our existing members are presenting. If you are in Melbourne, why not go along and meet other people affected by cancer?

For information about how to register and the topics to be addressed, please download the COSA Forum flyer. For further information, please contact

Can Speak QLD Public Forum 2008
CanSpeak QLD recognise that people from all areas of our community are affected by cancer. From the person who has received a cancer diagnosis, to their family, friends and workmates, through to the medical and allied health professionals charged with their recovery. In response to this, CanSpeak QLD set out in 2008 to hold a number of public forums across Queensland. As a result, public forums were subsequently held on the Gold Coast (13th March), Emerald (12th June) and the Sunshine Coast (26th August)Attendees at each of the forums listened to a number of guest speakers, both health professionals and patients alike, discuss the impact of cancer on the community. Following on from this, forum attendees took the opportunity to hold an open discussion of those key issues they face at present.

CanSpeak QLD would like to send out an enormous thank you to all of those who attended and participated at the forums. We received fantastic feedback and considered each of the forums a great success. Those key concerns and issues identified as part of the forum will help shape the future direction of CanSpeak QLD as an advocacy body and in turn make a difference in health outcomes for all people affected by cancer in Queensland.