Making a difference: BCNA National Summit 2017

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

In March, nearly 200 members attended our seventh summit on the Sunshine Coast, with the theme ‘Making a difference’.

We wanted delegates to share knowledge and experiences, and develop skills to support them in making a difference in the lives of people affected by breast cancer.

It was a busy two-day program. Summit delegates heard from inspirational speakers, including David Bortolussi, Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Brands (which includes Berlei), medical oncologist Dr Catherine Shannon, Juliette Wright, founder and Chief Executive Officer of GIVIT and Dr Vivienne Milch from Cancer Australia.

Presenters spoke about the importance of improving outcomes for all Australians affected by breast cancer, including addressing the needs of Indigenous women, people with metastatic breast cancer, and survivors.

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

  • effective peer support
  • communicating with impact
  • community events and fundraising.

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.

The women and men 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.

Community Liaisons Lee and Linda

Community Liaisons Lee and Linda

Peer support group member Etsuko and Community Liaison Kylie

Peer support group member Etsuko and Community Liaison Kylie

Summit delegates Rob and Rod

Summit delegates Rob and Rod

Community Liaison Jurina and peer support group member Donna

Community Liaison Jurina and peer support group member Donna

Issue 79
Winter 2017