Prof Claire Wakefield is helping children with cancer and their families, ‘traverse the really scary, difficult time that is cancer treatment’

Prof Claire Wakefield is helping children with cancer and their families, ‘traverse the really scary, difficult time that is cancer treatment’

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.”

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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. Continue reading “Prof Claire Wakefield is helping children with cancer and their families, ‘traverse the really scary, difficult time that is cancer treatment’”

People with prosthetic limbs can be actors too. Just ask Hollywood bionic actress Angel Giuffria.

People with prosthetic limbs can be actors too. Just ask Hollywood bionic actress Angel Giuffria.

I had the pleasure of interviewing bionic actress Angel Giuffria about growing up without a left arm, biomechatronics, acting, discrimination and her research in psychology.

She was such a lovely person to interview. We shared plenty of laughs and nerdy talk about prosthetic limb technology. There are also beautiful moments where the interview becomes more personal and emotive.

Enjoy! Continue reading People with prosthetic limbs can be actors too. Just ask Hollywood bionic actress Angel Giuffria.

How this ballet school is making a difference in the lives of typical and special needs kids is incredible

How this ballet school is making a difference in the lives of typical and special needs kids is incredible

Kids are attracted to all sorts of things in life. Whether it’s ballet or soccer or painting or whatever. Kids with disabilities are the same way. I think kids with special needs deserve the same opportunities because you never know what could spark from somebody. Continue reading How this ballet school is making a difference in the lives of typical and special needs kids is incredible