Professor Claire Wakefield leads one of Australia’s largest psycho-oncology research groups that is working towards improving the quality of life of families with children who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Prof Wakefield is head of the behavioural sciences unit for the Kids Cancer Centre at the Sydney Children’s Hospital.
She explains, “nobody wants to hear the words your child has cancer.”
The Behavioural Sciences Unit research team. Photo credit: Claire Wakefield
Across the globe, over 300,000 children will be diagnosed with cancer each year. Cancer is second only to motor vehicle accidents for the leading cause of child deaths. These figures are undoubtedly shocking and upsetting, as it can be hard to comprehend a child going through such agony and emotional turmoil.
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‘Mauli Ola’ is Hawaiian for ‘Breath of Life’ and there is no more fitting name for a foundation whose motto is ‘May the wave heal us all’.
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Let’s say you live to 80-years of age. You will spend approximately 26 years of your life asleep. It is no wonder that sleep forms an important part of our lives.
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Lauren Luteran was five months old when her parents noticed that she was not developing normally. Doctors diagnosed her with cystic fibrosis (CF). At 19-years old she is determined to not let her diagnosis get in the way of what she wants to achieve in life.
Continue reading “Cystic fibrosis warrior Lauren Luteran brilliantly shares how time and health reveal what matters most in life”
David Duong , a Harvard-trained physician, was five-years-old when him and his family migrated from Vietnam to the US in the early ‘90s. His experience of growing up in a migrant family is reflected as compassion for his patients in Boston and Vietnam. Continue reading “Why human connection and caregiving are powerful resources in promoting exceptional healthcare, according to David Duong, MD”
As a little girl, pediatrician
Lucy Marcil knew she wanted to be a doctor. The human body fascinated her, having studied its shapes and discrepancies with her archeologist mother. But she was a sensitive child, she says, and her deep concern for others is what led her down an unconventional career path. Continue reading “How Dr. Lucy Marcil is Changing Lives Through Medical Care and Tax Preparation”
Sarah Fisher starred in the role of a lifetime as her late best friend
Carley Allison, a singer and an aspiring Olympic figure skater, in the 2017 film Kiss and Cry. Continue reading “What Sarah Fisher learnt about magic, friendship and true happiness after starring as her late best friend in Kiss and Cry”