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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.

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Welcome to Country


Introduction – Sue McMillan


Guest speakers: Katie Monigatti and Doug Heazlewood

10.30am – 12 noon

Q&A with Oncology team:

  • Alicia Boyd (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)
  • Adee Jonathan Davidson (Urologist)
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

Alicia Boyd

Alicia Boyd is a Senior Clinician Physiotherapist at St John of God Hospital, Warrnambool.
Working primarily in the management of lymphoedema, as an Australasian Lymphology Association accredited practitioner, she leads the provision of lymphoedema services.
Alicia has also undertaken recent clinical research studies with the results presented as conference posters:
  • Breast Cancer Related Lymphoedema, Evidence-Based Best Practice, Early Intervention Model of Care Audit (Australasian Lymphology Association Conference, May 2020)
  • Oncology Rehabilitation Referral Audit (National Allied Health Conference, August 2021)
Alicia is passionate about delivering best practice care to her regional community, embracing new technologies and achieving excellent patient outcomes.

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 working in Warrnambool as a General Practitioner in 1986 and has worked at the Warrnambool Medical Clinic since 2007. In addition to his GP training, he has Diplomas in Obstetrics and Anaesthetics and is a Fellow of 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 the 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 and Koori Health.
As a GP, Dr Hall is involved in lifelong care for patients including cancer related care such as cancer prevention and screening, cancer diagnosis and care during and following treatment alongside related specialists.

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.
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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
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Support Services Directory

Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better is a free, national community service program, run by the Cancer Patients Foundation. The program has been designed to help cancer patients manage the appearance-related side-effects caused by any type of treatment for any type of cancer.
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.

Giant Knitted Bowel

Join us on this educational virtual tour of the Giant Knitted Bowel. Learn about the symptoms of bowel cancer, how to prevent it and all about the free Bowel Screening Home Test Kit.
To order a new home testing kit, visit the National Cancer Screening Register webpage

Peace Of Mind Foundation

The Peace Of Mind Foundation (POMF) provides practical support to families including;
– Counselling
– Brain cancer retreats
– Respite
– Face to face and online support groups
– Training for volunteers
– Financial aid
POMF also provides advocacy and supportive care to patients and carers, through their regional support groups, online zoom sessions, National Advocacy Service (in partnership with Cure Brain Cancer) and the Community Brain Cancer Support Worker who provides one on one in home care and navigation for patients and carers living in regional Victoria (South West).
Facebook  |  Twitter Instagram

Cancer Council 13 11 20 information and support

Our 13 11 20 phone service is staffed by cancer nurses and is available to anyone with a question about cancer including patients, carers, family members and health professionals.
Our nurses provide information about the effects of specific types of cancers, what to expect during treatments and also refer people to more than 470 supportive care services available across Victoria including financial counselling, psycho-oncology, wig services, accommodation, travel services and respite care.
Website  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

Camp Quality

Camp Quality gives kids facing cancer the chance to be kids again.
Services and programs are created specifically to support children aged 0-15 years, who are dealing with their own cancer diagnosis, or the diagnosis of someone they love, like a brother, sister, mum, dad or carer. We provide kids, siblings, and parents, with fun experiences, education, specialised cancer care, counselling and a supportive community; in-hospital, online, at school and away from it all on camps and retreats.
To learn more about Camp Quality visit
Follow us on Twitter @Camp_Quality / Facebook @CampQualityAU / Instagram @camp_quality / Linkedin Camp Quality / Tik Tok @campquality

Classy Chemo Hats

Hair loss was a very devastating part of my chemo treatment 6 years ago.
Making these attractive, lightweight, comfortable hats for myself,  made me feel much brighter and more confident. I now get pleasure and satisfaction from making them at a very affordable price for other women, who are also seeking a sense of control and a lift in their spirits. The smile on their faces says it all!
Made using lightweight stretch cotton fabrics. All individual designs and colours. Affordable price of $15 with profits going to cancer related charity
Marg’s hats are available at The Little Yellow Owl (Hairdresser) 105 Fairy St, Warrnambool or phone Marg on 0428 623 349.


Counterpart is a free service that connects, supports and informs women with breast or a gynaecological cancer to live well. Our trained Peer Support Volunteers have a lived experience of cancer and are here to listen and support you.
We run informative and wellness-focused webinars and online workshops. Visit our website to browse recordings of past webinars and find evidence-based information through the Counterpart Navigator.
Counterpart is a service of Women’s Health Victoria and is supported by the Victorian Government.
Website  |  Facebook

Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse

The Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse provides supportive care for men living with prostate cancer and their families. They work with doctors and others involved in your care and provide support to men and their families in all areas of prostate cancer care.
They can provide ongoing point of contact, assist in accessing services both in the hospital and in your community during and after treatment and provide reliable information on diagnosis and treatment plans along with managing side effects of treatment.
Visit the website for more information

Prostate Cancer Support Group

The Warrnambool Prostate Cancer Information and Support Group is a safe and confidential space which allows support and information following a diagnosis of prostate cancer, as well as discussions and guest speakers on key issues whilst on treatment or following treatment for prostate cancer. The group meets on the last Wednesday of every month from 10am – 12pm at Archie Graham community centre, Warrnambool (depending on COVID restrictions and room capacity)
More information can be found here or email or phone 1800 22 00 99

South C Dragons

Dragon boating is one of the sporting activities known to aid ongoing recovery and fitness after Breast Cancer treatment.
Warrnambool South C Dragons motivate and support women to achieve increased fitness and wellbeing through involvement in the team sport of dragon boating, in a friendly, respectful and non- judgmental environment.
Dragon boating is fun!
For more information, please visit our website

Warrnambool Social Breast Cancer Support Group

Who are we and what do we do?
We are a group of breast cancer survivors who get together once a month.
Our group offers a casual and friendly setting to talk to others with similar experiences. We are involved in some fundraising events.
The group meets for lunch at 12.30 at different local venues on the first Tuesday of the month.
Contact Jan on 0467 840 745  or email


Canteen is the only organisation in Australia dedicated to providing tailored support for young people aged 12-25 who are impacted by cancer. Through Canteen, they learn to explore and deal with their feelings about cancer, connect with other young people in the same boat and, if they’ve been diagnosed themselves, Canteen provides specialist, youth-specific treatment teams.
Canteen services also now extend to parents impacted by cancer to support them through the parenting challenges that cancer can bring.
Website  |  Instagram  |  Facebook


MoleMap™ is one of the most advanced methods for early diagnosis of skin cancer. Total body photography creates a complete medical record of your skin and each individual mole. A melanographer (registered nurse qualified in skin cancer and skin imaging) assesses your skin with dermoscopic and clinical imaging to assess the structure of your moles. All images are assessed by a dermatologist of at least 13 years’ experience and a comprehensive report is then provided to your GP or specialist.
Website  |  Instagram

St John of God Warrnambool Hospital

St John of God Warrnambool Hospital has proudly been providing services to the local and surrounding community for over 80 years.
These include medical, surgical, oncology and outpatient services.
Surgical services provide a range of cancer related treatment options, which include but are not limited to removal of skin cancers/melanoma, bowel resection, prostate/ bladder cancers, mastectomy and insertion of port access devices and you can discuss these with your treating Doctor.
Our team comprises highly trained and experienced caregivers who can assist you through your cancer treatment and ongoing care.
You are welcome to contact us at any time.
Delivered in a relaxed environment with a total of 8 chairs across 2 rooms.
  • Treatment of solid and blood cancers, including:
    o   Chemotherapy
    o   Immunotherapy
    o   Immunoglobulin infusions
    o   BCG (Baccillus Calmette-Guerin) which treats certain bladder cancers.
    o   Blood transfusions
    o   Iron infusions
  • Scalp cooling system, helps patients keep their hair during treatment.
  • Exercise equipment in lounge for use during treatment, which enhances the action of the chemotherapy treatment.
Oncology Rehabilitation
Recognised as best practice and beneficial during and after cancer treatment:
  • 8 week program (twice weekly)
  • Multi-disciplinary, overseen by Rehabilitation Physician
  • Exercise & Education components
Lymphoedema Physiotherapy
Lymphoedema is a chronic condition that can be managed.  Onset can result from some cancer treatments, and occur at any time.
Treatment and education from Physiotherapists registered on the National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register includes:
  • Early detection screening
  • Self-Management support
  • Various treatments, including massage and compression pump
  • Compression garment prescription
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Treatment and education can assist with issues during and after oncology treatments:
  • continence (bladder and bowel)
  • sexual function
  • prolapse
  • pain
  • wellbeing
  • menopause
  • pre and post prostate treatments