Call for Nominations for Excellence in Gynaecological Cancers

Release Date: 

02/02/2015

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  • Media Releases

Cancer Australia has announced that nominations for the 2015 Jeannie Ferris Cancer Australia Recognition Award are now open. 

Of today’s announcement, CEO of Cancer Australia, Professor Helen Zorbas, said “On average, 13 Australian women are diagnosed with gynaecological cancer every day.  The Jeannie Ferris Cancer Australia Recognition award honours those who are working to help improve outcomes for women affected by gynaecological cancers. 

“I am once again delighted to call for nominations for the 2015 Jeannie Ferris Cancer Australia Recognition Award to recognise the exceptional efforts made by members of the community and health professionals and researchers in the area of gynaecological cancer.”

Nominations open in the context of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  Ovarian cancer remains the most common cause of gynaecological cancer death in Australia. 

The Jeannie Ferris Cancer Australia Recognition Award is offered in two categories:

  • The first is open to those with personal experience of gynaecological cancer, as a woman with a diagnosis of gynaecological cancer; a community or family member; or carers who have been directly involved in the support and care of a woman with gynaecological cancer. 
  • The second category is open to health professionals and researchers working in the area of gynaecological cancer.

The Jeannie Ferris Cancer Australia Recognition Award was established by Cancer Australia in 2013 and is named in honour of the late Jeannie Ferris, former Senator for South Australia.  Senator Ferris passed away in April 2007 after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in October 2005, and was passionate about raising awareness and increasing research for all gynaecological cancers. 

Nominations open on Monday 2 February 2015, and will close at 5:00pm on Friday 13 March 2015 (EDST).  For further information and the selection criteria view Jeannie Ferris Cancer Australia Recognition Award.

View the 2014 Jeannie Ferris Cancer Australia Recognition Award winners.

Gynaecological cancer is an overarching term used to describe cancer of the ovaries, uterus, cervix, vagina and vulva, as well as, the fallopian tube and placenta (a pregnancy related cancer).
Cancer Australia is the Australian Government’s national agency providing leadership in cancer control to improve outcomes for those affected by cancer, their families and carers.

For all media enquiries, please contact:  Amy Cook at Cancer Australia on (02) 9357 9401, 0438 209 833 or email amy.cook@canceraustralia.gov.au