Starting the conversation: BCNA National Summit 2015

Every two years, BCNA holds a national summit where we bring together key women in our network from across Australia to help build their skills, knowledge and connections.

In July, nearly 200 members attended our sixth summit in Melbourne, with the theme “Starting the conversation”. We wanted to talk to women and for them to talk to each other about developing stronger community networks and innovative programs to support women throughout their breast cancer journey. And we wanted them to return home and keep these conversations going.

It was a busy two-day program. Summit delegates heard from inspirational speakers, including Lyn Swinburne, BCNA founder, Diana Williams, Fernwood Fitness founder, and Carolyn Creswell, Carman’s Kitchens founder. Other speakers included breast cancer clinicians and representatives from organisations BCNA works closely with such as Cancer Australia, Menzies School of Health Research and the Arab Council of Australia.

Delegates also attended workshop streams that expanded on their areas of interest:

  • Engaging online communities
  • Practical support initiatives
  • Engaging culturally diverse communities
  • Active and well
  • Healthy and effective peer support groups.

Delegates have returned home re-energised and inspired, and with a clear plan to engage in new ways with their communities. We will continue to monitor and support their initiatives.

All of the women who attended contribute enormously to supporting people affected by breast cancer in their communities. We thank them for reaching out to others, for sharing their experiences and for spreading the word about what BCNA does.

BCNA acknowledges the Australian Government’s support in contributing to funding for the Summit through the Supporting Women in Rural Areas Diagnosed with Breast Cancer program.

Issue 72
Spring 2015