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Jackie Spence

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Jackie Spence

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Cancer Information Consultant

I began working in the oncology area when I started working at The Canberra Hospital eighteen years ago.

My father had recently died from bowel cancer, but I still remember being stunned by the number of people diagnosed with cancer.

In 2007, I started working at Cancer Council ACT in the role of a Cancer Information Consultant. There were aspects of this position that posed big challenges, the first of these being the organisation of the World Cancer Day event. However, my very supportive Cancer Council ACT colleagues assisted me and I discovered I could organise events and fit wigs, as well as answer Helpline calls.

Having the opportunity to work with Cancer Council ACT allowed me to view health care from a broader perspective.

I left with an appreciation of Cancer Council ACT’s role in public health issues, which ultimately leads to programs that assists people at a personal level. In addition, I have been able to witness the effectiveness of a small, dedicated team, including volunteers, in achieving significant results for the local community.