Episode 2: Cultivating Creative Leadership in AYA Cancer

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Welcome to the second episode of Supportive Care Matters, a podcast Hosted by Medical Oncologist, Dr. Bogda Koczwara from Adelaide, Australia.

How can you improve cancer care support services for thousands of patients at a time? Can systems thinking play a role in transforming youth cancer services? What is important when designing tailored and effective support services for young patients who will be cancer survivors for 60 years?

In today’s podcast, Professor Bogda Koczwara AM finds out why supportive care matters to Siona Hardy, Director of the Queensland Youth Cancer Service.

This conversation is supported by Canteen’s Youth Cancer Services, providing specialist treatment and support for young people with cancer aged 15-25 in hospitals throughout Australia.

This series is proudly produced by The Oncology Network.


Professor Bogda Koczwara AM

Professor Bogda Koczwara AM is a medical oncologist and a senior staff specialist at the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer in Adelaide, Australia.

Professor Koczwara completed her oncology training at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York, USA, and received a Master in Bioethics degree from Monash University, Australia.

Her clinical interests revolve around management of breast cancer, cancer survivorship, psycho-oncology and supportive care as well as health services development, integration with primary care and cancer education for health care professionals.

Connect with Bogda on Twitter: @bogda_koczwara


Siona Hardy

Siona Hardy is the Statewide Director of Queensland Youth Cancer Service and with her team supports adolescents and young adults with cancer.  The service specialises in diagnosis, treatment and psychosocial support for young people and their families with an aim to provide the best medical, nursing, psychosocial and allied health care available – both during and after treatment.

Siona is an experienced healthcare leader having previously held Executive Director and Director positions in public and private, tertiary and primary healthcare settings.  She has a passion for authentic leadership and a reputation for developing strategic solutions within complex operational environments.

Connect with Siona on LinkedIn


Canteen’s Youth Cancer Services  and Canteen’s Youth Cancer Services Queensland

Queensland Youth Cancer Service

Australian Youth Cancer Framework (currently being updated)

Connect with The Oncology Network on Twitter: @OncologyNewsAus


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The ONA Editor curates oncology news, views and reviews from Australia and around the world for our readers. In aggregated content, original sources will be acknowledged in the article footer.

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