Leadership and innovation
- Youth leadership of part of Canteen’s DNA. At 28 years old, Sean Dondas has been a Board Director at Canteen for six years. In this article he reflects on his leadership journey with Canteen and the important role youth leadership plays in empowering young people impacted by cancer.
- Chair of the Board Joey Lynch discusses the importance of youth leadership within Canteen, and we ask three youth ambassadors: “what does leadership mean to you?”
Advocacy and social policy
- Laura Vidal, Policy and Advocacy Manager, writes about how Canteen has led the way in advocating for positive change in cancer care, plus how we’re partnering with others to maximise our collective impact.
- Canteen CEO Peter Orchard discusses some of the ways Canteen has been able to successfully advocate and lobby for better outcomes for young people impacted by cancer.
Family and relationships
- Canteen National Community Educator Shae Chester writes about her mission to drive deep connections with families and how they communicate with each other.
- Shae Chester is joined by a parent to discuss how and why parents might be reluctant to reach out for help, and the positive effects Canteen’s community education can have on the family, and the community as a whole.
- Everyone’s cancer journey is different. Hear how cancer has impacted the lives of four young people and how Canteen has helped them build the coping skills and resilience that will last them a lifetime.
Friendship and connection
- Canteen Research Manager Fiona McDonald takes a look at ‘Cancer’s lost generation’ and draws on some of our recent evidence-based research to explore the wide–ranging effects a cancer diagnosis can have on a young person’s ability to develop and maintain strong social connections with their friend and peers.
- Canteen National Clinical Advisor Ross Jacobs talks about what young people need during a cancer journey, bringing the social and cancer world together. He explains the importance of connection and the benefit of finding friends in new places while touching on how Canteen can super charge these relationships.
- Canteen Connect leaders Amy and Marnie chat about an incredibly strong friendship that has blossomed despite living more than 3,000kms apart and having never met IRL. They talk about their favourite bits of Canteen Connect, and how meeting has made all the difference in their lives.
- National Reconciliation Coordinator, Kyran Dixon, talks about his connection to NAIDOC Week and Canteen’s work in realising its Reflect RAP.
Youth cancer care
- Paediatric and Adolescent Oncologist, Dr Antoinette Anazodo, says that having conversations about fertility – early and often – with young cancer patients can be life-changing for them decades into the future.
- Canteen’s General Manager of Research, Policy and Patient Programs, Pandora Patterson, and Chair of the Board, Joey Lynch, delve into the deadly world of youth cancer and how Canteen-funded clinical trials can be the difference between life and death.
- Canteen National Clinical Advisor Ross Jacobs explores how a cancer diagnosis can affect sexuality and intimacy.
- Canteen Connect leaders Amy and Marnie reflect on their cancer treatment journeys, the weird things that helped them pass the time, and how connecting with each other has changed them forever.