Welcome to National Myeloma Month 2020.

Historically the month May has been Australia’s myeloma awareness month in which we host events around the country to provide information, education and connectedness for the myeloma community. This year, our seminars will be delivered online, an advantage of this new format is that more people will be able to hear from experts all around the country and geography is no longer a barrier to participating.

This year’s theme is Building My Community and each week for 4 weeks we will live stream seminars from this webpage.

All you need is a computer, tablet or smart phone and an internet connection.

Seminar dates and times

SAT 9 May

10am – 12pm AEST

SAT 16 May

10am – 12pm AEST

SAT 23 May

12pm – 2pm AEST

SAT 30 May

10am – 12pm AEST

Seminar 3

Sat 23 May 12pm – 14:20pm AEST

This week we will learn about how myeloma affects the immune system from Dr Hasib Sadiqi, Consultant Haematologist at Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth. We will then hear from occupational therapist Amy Oliver who will help us understand fatigue and provide tips on how to increase energy levels. This goes hand in hand with our next presentation from Ben Kramer, an exercise physiologist who will explain the importance of exercise and how to do it safely. Finally we will invite back Associate Professor Hang Quach from St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne to answer your questions.

If you have a question you’d like answered by Dr Quach, please email them to myelomamonth@myeloma.org.au

Previous weeks seminar videos are at the bottom of this page.

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Fill in and submit this form for questions to be answered at the end of each speaker or the dedicated Q&A at the end. We aim to answer as many questions as possible.





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Program Details

Chairs: Laura Jones and Emma-Jane Furphy
10am – 12:10pm (AEST)

TimeTopicSpeaker
10:00 – 10:05WelcomeSteve Roach, CEO Myeloma Australia
10:05 – 10:10Introduction
Session 1
10:10 – 10:55Myeloma OverviewAssociate Professor Hang Quach, Haematologist,– St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne

5min break

Session 2
11:00 – 11:30Medication management in the communityJames McDowell, pharmacist, QLD
Session 3
11:30 – 11:50Building your teamJo Gardiner, Senior Myeloma Support Nurse, Myeloma Australia
Session 4
11:50 – 12:05Q&AAssociate Professor Hang Quach, Haematologist, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne
12:05 – 12:10Closing remarks

Chairs: Megan McDowell, Tash Clarke and Deborah Thompson
10am – 12:05pm (AEST)

TimeTopicSpeaker
10:00 – 10:05WelcomeSteve Roach, CEO Myeloma Australia
10:05 – 10:10Introduction
Session 1
10:10 – 10:55New treatmentsNick Murphy, Haematologist, Royal Hobart Hospital
10:55 – 11:05AdvocacyNella Combe, Manager Nursing and Patient Services, Myeloma Australia

5min break

Session 2
11:10– 11:40Building their teamNick Allen and Helen Nicolay
Session 3
11:40 – 11:55Who cares for the carer?Hayley Beer, Manager Programs and Services, Myeloma Australia
Session 4
11:55– 12:10Q&ADr Nick Murphy, Haematologist, Royal Hobart Hospital
12:10– 12:15Closing remarks

Chairs: Narelle Smith and Kerin Young
10am – 12:20pm (AWST, 12pm – 2:20pm AEST)

TimeTopicSpeaker
12:00 – 12:05WelcomeSteve Roach, CEO, Myeloma Australia
12:05 – 12:10Introduction
Session 1
12:10 – 12:55Myeloma and the immune systemDr Hasib Sidiqi, Haematologist, Fiona Stanley Hospital, Perth

5min break

Session 2
13:00 – 13:30Fatigue managementAmy Oliver, Occupational Therapist
Session 3
13:30 – 14:00Exercise and myelomaBen Kramer, Exercise Physiologist
Session 4
14:00 – 14:15Q&AAssociate Professor Hang Quach, Haematologist, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne
14:15 – 14:20Closing remarks

Chairs: Jacqui Keogh, Rachel McCann and Juliet Hill
10am – 12:05pm (AEST)

TimeTopicSpeaker
10:00 – 10:05WelcomeSteve Roach, CEO, Myeloma Australia
10:05 – 10:10Introduction
Session 1
10:10 – 10:55 Supportive care in myelomaAssociate Professor Peter Mollee, Haematologist, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane

5min break

Session 2
11:00 – 11:30Surviving SteroidsTracy King, Myeloma Clinical Nurse Consultant, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
Session 3
11:30 – 11:50Building effective community supportsAlicia Hopper, Myeloma Support Nurse, Myeloma Australia, Adelaide
Session 4
11:50 – 12:00Q&AAssociate Professor Hang Quach
12:00 – 12:05Closing remarks

Seminar 3: 23rd May

Seminar 2: 16th May

Seminar 1: 9th May