Pre-Conference Workshops

Developing leadership skills (for operators and leaders of peer-support programs)


  • Ranjit Kaur
    Past President and current BOD Member of RRI, President of Breast Cancer Welfare Association, Malaysia
  • Cathy Hirsch
    President of RRI and The Hirsch Foundation

Workshop Description

What does it take to manage a top-quality breast cancer peer-support program?  In this interactive workshop, we’ll examine the leadership skills you’ll need, focusing on the abilities to communicate effectively, motivate others, problem-solve creatively, inspire a positive atmosphere, be flexible, and provide constructive feedback.  Participants will engage in group activities and exercises and will be encouraged to share their own effective leadership strategies and success stories.  They’ll leave armed with an arsenal of strategies to revitalize their program and inspire volunteers.


Starting up a peer support programme


  • Ann Steyn
    Vice President of RRI, Board Member for Reach for Recovery South Africa and the UICC
  • Leonie Young
    Peer Support Coordinator for Choices Cancer Care Centre of the Wesley Hospital, Immediate Past Chair of the Consumer Advisory Panel, Breast Cancer Trials (Australia and New Zealand)

Workshop Description

This interactive workshop is for volunteers who wish to address the psychosocial needs of breast cancer patients by establishing new peer support programmes.  It will also be useful for all volunteers who are in peer support groups and would like to develop a clear understanding of all the aspects of a one-to-one peer support programme.

The workshop will offer guidelines for establishing a programme.  These guidelines will encompass the preliminary work required before such a programme can be initiated, such as clarifying the need for the service and the support for it in the community and from the medical profession.

The workshop will consider different types of programmes that could be implemented.  Programme aims, objectives, and activities will be defined and key tasks in establishing a programme will be discussed.  Workshop participants will also discuss the selection and recruitment of peer support volunteers, look at an initial training programme, and establish a protocol for providing peer support.


The Role of the Breast Cancer Care Nurse


  • Jo Lovelock
    Midwife and Breast Care Nurse, McGrath Foundation BCN, The Bays Healthcare Group

Workshop Description

According to the World Health Organization breast cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in women. Approximately 18,000 Australian women and 7000 women from the Czech Republic are newly diagnosed each year with approximately 3000 Australian and 1900 Czech women dying from the disease. This workshop will explore the role of the Australian Breast Care Nurse (BCN) as part of the multi disciplinary health team, in caring for women and men from their diagnosis, throughout their treatment and beyond.  Individualised treatment  plans and case studies will be discussed.


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