Can-Ex is a free one-day support and information event not only for people affected by cancer, but for families and friends, health professionals and the wider great south coast community.

It’s an opportunity to learn about Cancer and dispel some fear and myth, as well as raise awareness of the services available to our region.

This year’s event will be livestreamed via Facebook and YouTube, register via the button below to be notified of the link, or join the Facebook Event.

13 November

Livestreaming on Facebook
and Youtube

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Can-Ex could never have become a reality without the support of a number of great people and organisations.



Welcome to Country


Introduction – Sue McMillan


Guest speakers: Katie Monigatti and Doug Heazlewood

10.30am – 12 noon

Q&A with Oncology team:

  • Dr Heather Cameron (Moderator)
  • A/Prof. Ian Collins (Medical Oncologist)
  • Liam Jukes  (Radiation Therapies)
  • Dr. Eric Fairbank (Hospice and Palliative Care)
  • Dr. Jodie Fleming  (Clinical and Health Psychologist)
  • Kaye McDowall  (Clinical Trials Coordinator)
  • Dr. Phillip Hall  (General Practitioner)
  • Dr. Adee Jonathan Davidson (Urologist)


Hear from Canteen and CampQuality about their collaborative program which supports the whole family and community groups affected by Cancer.

Guest Speakers

Katie Monigatti

Katie Monigatti lives in Woodford with her husband Kelvin and daughters Adeline 4 and Eloise 16 months. She was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer on 11 November 2020.
At 34 weeks pregnant she noticed a lump in her right breast. Putting it down to her body preparing for birth & breastfeeding she put it to the back of her mind.
The lump grew rapidly, so at 4 months post-partum she went to her GP to get an ultrasound.
Being the third generation on her mother’s side to be diagnosed with breast cancer a referral was then made to see a breast surgeon at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Further testing showed 5 lumps with an approximate measurement of 10cm combined of tumour growths.
Since diagnosis Katie has undergone neo-adjuvant chemotherapy, a single mastectomy with reconstruction, radiation therapy, and is currently completing oral chemotherapy. Thankfully the majority of treatment has been completed at the South West Regional Cancer Centre.
What should have been an enjoyable 12 months of maternity leave, it quickly changed into a year long battle to beat breast cancer.
Katie has been able to overcome each treatment cycle with a balance of strength, resilience, and a plethora of family, friends and community support.
Katie shares her cancer journey on social media, which has allowed her to document the good and the bad, and to open up discussion about a topic that most don’t delve into until cancer affects them personally.

Doug Heazlewood

Doug was born and raised in South Warrnambool in the first half of the last century.  After Leaving School, he started a career in local government and spent two years as a junior clerk in the Warrnambool City Council Office.  Realising that Office Work was not his forte, he left town to enlist in the Australian Regular Army and undertook officer training at the Royal Military College, Duntroon graduating as a Lieutenant in 1965, just in time to serve in Vietnam in 1966-67 as an officer in an artillery battery, including the battle of Long Tan.
Doug continued his Army Service until 1988, serving in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States until he retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  His duties included regimental, instructional, intelligence, project management and representational jobs.
Doug is married to Helen, also a native of Warrnambool and a well-qualified nursing sister. They have three children and five grandchildren, all of whom live in WA and NSW. Together they have taken active interests in Legacy, RSL, Presbyterian Church, SEAL, Warrnambool Family History Group and the Warrnambool & District Historical Society.
Doug and Helen have been dealing with the cancer that appeared in Doug’s liver since early 2017.  That and the Coronavirus pandemic have necessitated a fairly quiet but nevertheless eventful life for them both. Despite all, they both regard themselves as lucky to remain fit, well, active, independent and in good spirit.
Q&A Panellists

Dr. Heather Cameron

Heather has worked in the healthcare and education sectors in Australia and New Zealand, for the past 40 years.
She currently works for the Barwon South Western Regional Integrated Cancer Service (BSWRICS) in cancer service development, with a specific focus on supportive care and survivorship in cancer.
Heather is also a poet and a writer, and recently completed her PhD at Deakin University on Cancer Poetry.

A/Prof. Ian Collins
Medical Oncologist

Associate Professor Collins is a medical oncologist in practice in Warrnambool, and Portland, Western Victoria.
Associate Professor Collins trained in Medical Oncology in Ireland before completing his Australian Fellowship at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne in 2012. He has a general oncology practice with a special interest in breast cancer and breast cancer genetics. He is the principal investigator for a number of clinical trials in Warrnambool.
In 2017, Ian was appointed VCCC (Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre) Deputy Regional Oncology Lead, working with Dr Craig Underhill. Using the implementation of Teletrials as a focus, he is working to maximise the beneficial impact of the VCCC programmes for patients in regional Victoria. He also sits on the VCCC workforce Development Committee and gives Regional Victoria a voice on the VCCC Cancer Education and Training Advisory Committee.

Liam Jukes
Radiation Therapies

Liam is the current and inaugural Site Manager of the South West Regional Cancer Centre. Liam currently holds a Bachelor of Medical Radiations specialising in Radiation Therapy and a Master’s of Business Administration.
Having been born and raised in country Victoria, Liam has always had a passion for cancer treatment and his local community. His enthusiasm has enabled him to become a patient advocate for cancer services and has presented at many patient forums and events.
Liam is a strong believer in holistic care and the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare services.

Dr. Eric Fairbank AM
Hospice and Palliative Care

Eric graduated in 1968, and apart from two years working in New Guinea, and one year at Box Hill as Anaesthetic Registrar, has spent his professional life in Warrnambool.
Commencing in 1974 at Cambourne Clinic in procedural General Practice, Eric developed an interest in Palliative Care in the 1980s. In 1986 he was appointed as the inaugural Director of Palliative Care at the Warrnambool Base Hospital, and from 1989 combined this role with that of Regional Palliative Care Medical Officer, South west Victoria. In 2000 he received a Foundation Fellowship in the RACP Chapter of Palliative Medicine, and thereafter specialised in this field until his retirement in 2013.
After retirement Eric has been instrumental in setting up the Hospice in the Home program of the Warrnambool & District Community Hospice, and runs community workshops to help people prepare for their end of life care.

Dr. Jodie Fleming
Clinical and Health Psychologist

Dr Jodie Fleming is a clinical and health psychologist, retreat facilitator, keynote speaker, author and BRCA1 Positive Breast Cancer Survivor.
She supports patients through a range of situations in her private practice, The Psychology of It, as well as through her work at Emmanuel College in Warrnambool.
Jodie’s career commenced as a clinical and health psychologist in psycho-oncology, following work in a range of cancer services including CanTeen, The Mater Misericordiae Hospital and, the John Hunter Children’s Cancer Hospital in Newcastle NSW. She has assisted many families living with cancer, mental health and a variety of other health conditions including diabetes, stroke, mental illness and chronic pain to name a few.
Prior to Covid-19 Jodie hosted annual wellness retreats where guests immerse themselves in mindfulness workshops, yoga and restoration and she looks forward to getting back to them as soon as she can.
She is regularly sought out as a guest speaker to share her unique perspective as both patient and psychologist, as well as appearances associated with her first book, A Hole in My Genes. A Hole in My Genes is a breast cancer memoir about Jodie’s professional and later personal candid, raw experiences of being diagnosed with two primary breast cancers at the age of 37 and later discovering she is BRCA1 positive.
Jodie is currently writing her second book, a wellbeing non-fiction titled Be.

Kaye McDowall
Clinical Trials Coordinator

Kaye lives in Warrnambool with her four children and husband Darren, together they have ran a successful small business for the last 18 years.
Kaye has been a nurse for over 23 years working in different departments throughout the hospital, she started working as the Clinical Trials Coordinator at South West Healthcare almost three years ago where she feels lucky to work in an amazing team comprising of two Research Nurses and two Clinical Trial Administrators.  The team works collaboratively with the Oncologists from South West Oncology and are now excitedly branching out to also include other specialists around the local area.
For Kaye, working in Clinical Trials and especially Cancer Clinical Trials is extremely rewarding. The unit currently runs a number of Clinical Trials, these include International and Multi-Centre Clinical Trials, Investigator Initiated Trials and Registry Trials.  The tumour streams include Breast, Bowel, Lung, Pancreatic, Brain, Prostate, Unknown Primary and Palliative Care.
Kaye is passionate about her local community and improving health outcomes for people living in rural areas. In the past Clinical Trials were only available to cancer patients living in Metropolitan areas, now however rural patients can have access to a number of Clinical Trials whilst still living at home with their friends and loved ones around them.
Kaye is committed to educating people about Clinical Trials and how vitally important they are not only now but also for future generations, she also wants to highlight the valuable work that is already being done at South West Healthcare by the Clinical Trials Unit.

Dr. Phillip Hall
General Practitioner

Dr Hall commenced work at the Warrnambool Medical Clinic in 2007. In addition to his GP training, Dr Hall holds a Diploma in Obstetrics and is a Fellow of both the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
Dr Hall has extensive experience in all aspects of general practice. He oversees the continuing education of all clinicians at the Clinic, supervises training of medical students in a GP setting and is an accredited principal supervisor of GP Registrars. Areas of interest: Obstetrics, Anaesthetics, Sports Medicine, Family Medicine

Dr. Adee Jonathan Davidson
Urological Surgeon

MBBS, FRACS (Urology)
In 2016, Adee and his family moved to Warrnambool where he became the first resident specialist Urologist, offering a complete urological service to the South-West and Limestone Coast regions. Adee has established a comprehensive endoscopic and laser stone service both in public and private hospitals and more recently contributed to the successful fund-raising and purchase of one of the first fully integrated transperineal MRI fusion prostate biopsy systems available in a public hospital. Adee continually looks to improve patient access to urological services locally, thereby reducing the need for patients to travel.
Adee was born and raised in Melbourne. He graduated from Monash University in 2002 and undertook basic surgical and specialist Urology training in Victoria. After completing his fellowship exams in 2013, Adee undertook an advanced fellowship year training at the Austin Hospital. Adee has also completed accreditation and training in robotic surgery, which included training at the ASAN medical centre in South Korea.
Adee has a strong background in urological cancer research and spent three years working as a research fellow at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research during which time he published papers and completed research in bladder cancer.
Adee is committed to excellence in patient care and is available to consult on all urological issues that may arise in general practice.
Submit your question

If you have a question for our panellists to address during the day, you can submit it via the link below. You can also use this link to ask questions during the live Q&A session.

General questions about Cancer will be accepted, however if you have specific concerns regarding your own health, please contact your health professional for advice.
Submit your question
For further information or media enquiries please contact

Glenda Mugavin – Event Co-ordinator
Mobile 0417 350 077

Support Services Directory

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Look Good Feel Better’s Face-to-Face Workshops, Virtual Workshops and Home-Delivered Confidence Kits have been developed with the purpose of empowering those undergoing cancer treatment by equipping them with the practical skills and knowledge needed to face cancer with confidence.

Warrnambool & District Community Hospice

The Warrnambool & District Community Hospice was established to give people with a life-limiting condition the opportunity to remain in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes. Our free Hospice in the Home service, provided by trained volunteers, is breaking new ground in palliative care and filling gaps in existing services. Often as simple as company and a cup of tea, the support offered reduces the emotional burden on those who are dying, makes life easier for their carers and helps prevent unnecessary admissions to hospital and nursing homes.

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To order a new home testing kit, visit the National Cancer Screening Register webpage