Talking about cancer - how to create cancer-friendly workplaces

Hosted by Medibank Private Limited
22 Feb 2016

DCA’s Diversity Leadership Program provides an opportunity to hear the latest on leading practice in workplace diversity – from organisations, social commentators, academics and thought leaders within the diversity field.

Thousands of working Australians are diagnosed with cancer every year. If a member of your staff has cancer or is caring for someone with cancer, it can be difficult to know what to say or how best to provide support.

DCA's next Diversity Leadership Program event hosted by Medibank in Melbourne will outline how employers can better support their employees touched by cancer, including:

  • Talking to your employees about cancer
  • Managing the effects of treatment
  • Creating cancer-friendly workplaces
  • Supporting a colleague with cancer  
  • Supporting working carers  
  • Death and bereavement

Our keynote speaker, Dr Anna Boltong is the Head of Cancer Information and Support at Cancer Council Victoria. In this role she leads a team of 40 health, research, education and marketing professionals to oversee a portfolio of more than twenty practical and emotional support programs and services for people affected by cancer. She has worked in the area of supportive care in cancer since 2001.

We will also hear from:

  • Rita Marigliani, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility & Wellbeing, Medibank, who will speak about the specific role corporate health and wellbeing programs can play in the prevention, early detection and management of a cancer diagnosis and treatment from both corporate and personal experiences.
  • Dr Deborah Lawson, Legal Policy Advisor, McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, Cancer Council Victoria, who will offer insight into workplace law and cancer.
  • Katherine Lane, Cancer Nurse Manager at Cancer Council Victoria, who will discuss useful communication strategies for employers when faced with news of cancer diagnosis in the workplace. The challenges faced by people returning to work after a cancer diagnosis will also be explored.
  • Daniel Peterson, CEO of iBuildNew, and former Head of Strategy for Shell Australia, who will share his personal insights about his recovery from cancer while working in a senior corporate environment.

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