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WA Cancer Fellowship program awards $905k to medical specialists

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The State Government has awarded four Western Australian cancer specialists a share of $905,000 in funding via the WA Cancer Fellowship program.

In its tenth year, the program supports medical specialists to develop experience and skills with the goal to improve health outcomes for cancer patients.

A/Assistant Director General, Clinical Excellence Jodie South said funding for salary is arranged for one year in the form of two streams, training and research.

Western Australia is home to opportunities that support and foster positive changes towards countering the impacts of cancer,

“It’s wonderful to be able to provide opportunities for some of WA’s most talented doctors to improve the lives of those impacted by cancer.”

The 2023 fellowships are awarded on merit and form part of the State Government’s WA Cancer Plan 2020-2025.

Fellowships are extended to WA medical practitioners close to completion or who have recently completed a specialist qualification and are practising in a cancer-related specialty.

The medical practitioners who will be awarded the WA Cancer Fellowships for 2023 are:

Dr Andrew Fantoni: Understanding Lung Cancer in Western Australia – Improving our knowledge of remote and Aboriginal populations

Aboriginal Australians are two times more likely to be diagnosed with lung cancer than other Australians. Dr Fantoni’s research aims to enhance understanding of lung cancer management across WA and address the lack of data in rural and remote populations and in Aboriginal patients.

Dr Piyush Grover: Developing Allegro-Oncology in Western Australia

In WA, there is no standard pathway to manage allergic reactions to anti-cancer drugs. Dr Grover will take a comprehensive approach to address this challenge faced by WA cancer patients.

Dr Tulene Kendrick: Refining the Diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is a type of aggressive blood cancer that develops in bone marrow. Dr Kendrick will work towards a new WA-developed invention, with the potential to treatment and improve survival for patients with AML.

Dr Jessica Nash: The Lung Cancer Clinical Quality Data   Platform (LUCAP) project: improving lung cancer care in WA

In 2018, more than 1,100 Western Australians were diagnosed with lung cancer and more than 750 died from lung cancer. Dr Nash is working towards a greater understanding of the processes and outcomes of lung cancer care for patients in WA.

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