Robots in School!

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Today’s episode is all about robots!  Yes, the wonderful folks over at Canteen have a new pilot program using telepresence robots to facilitate school-patient connection, reduce isolation and improve well-being for young cancer patients.

Rachael Babin learns more with Dr Jennifer Cohen, Evaluation Manager at Canteen. Jennifer is a paediatric dietitian and she worked at the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children’s Hospital for 15 years.

You can find out more about Canteen on their website:

This Week’s Paper: 

Powell, T, et al. Keeping Connected With School: Implementing Telepresence Robots to Improve the Wellbeing of Adolescent Cancer Patients. Front. Psychol., 12 November 2021. Access online here.

Accompanying Commentary Piece for The Oncology Network:

Robots at School! Helping Young Cancer Patients Connect

This Week’s Team:

Jennifer Cohen

Dr Jennifer Cohen is the Evaluation Manger at Canteen, Australia where she provides oversight of the development and evaluation of Canteen’s core services (overnight programs, online support services, telepresence robots) and incorporates evaluation findings into recommendations designed to improve program and service delivery within Canteen. Dr Cohen has over 18 years’ experience as a clinical dietitian and researcher and her numerous professional publications focus on her research and clinical interests in the supportive care needs of children and young people with cancer, both during and after treatment. Alongside her role as the Evaluation Manager at Canteen, Jennifer is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of NSW.

Find Jen on Twitter: @jencohendiet


Rachael Babin

Rachael Babin is Host of The Oncology Podcast, Editor-in-Chief of The Oncology Newsletter, Publisher of Oncology News Australia and The Oncology Network,  and Producer of The Oncology Journal Club.

With a background in oncology communications and academic publishing, Rachael is happiest sitting behind the mic chatting to interesting people about the impact their work makes in oncology.

Connect with us on Twitter here: @OncologyNewsAus

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About Author

Rachael Babin is a medical writer, communications expert, digital content producer and trained media host. Rachael co-founded The Oncology Network in 2014. She is Editor-in-Chief of Oncology News Australia, Publisher of The Oncology Newsletter and Host and Creator of The Oncology Podcast. Before creating The Oncology Network, Rachael worked for MOGA, COSA and an international academic publishing house.

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