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

Family and relationships

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 wideranging 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 Lynchdelve 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.