22 November 2021

2022 Fellowships to support improved health outcomes for cancer patients

Four WA Health medical practitioners have been awarded WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network (WACPCN) Cancer Fellowships for 2022, an achievement that will see them share in $850,000 of State Government funding.

Administered by the Department of Health’s Cancer Network, the fellowship program supports medical practitioners to expand their experience and skills, and ultimately lead to improved health outcomes for cancer patients.

The 2022 fellowships will help achieve the State Government’s WA Cancer Plan 2020-2025 priorities, which include the development of WA’s genetic-oncology expertise and reducing the disparities in cancer outcomes for Aboriginal people.

Congratulations to the 2022 WACPCN fellows for their dedication to improving the lives of Western Australians who receive a cancer diagnosis.

Dr Nicola O’Neil
Currently a Medical Oncology Clinical Trials Fellow, Dr Nicola O’Neil will use her fellowship to upskill under the supervision of Genetic Services WA to become a cancer genetics specialist

Dr Ngie Chang Law
Medical Oncology Registrar Dr Ngie Chang Law will study cancer, blood and urine samples at Fiona Stanley Hospital with the goal of predicting the best treatments for new bladder cancer patients.

Dr Zi Yun Ng
Clinical Haematology Registrar Dr Zi Yun Ng will undertake research at Royal Perth Hospital with the goal of predicting the progression rate of Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPN), a group of blood cancers which approximately 900 Australians are diagnosed with each year.

Dr Kim Kennedy
A Medical Oncology Registrar at Fiona Stanley Hospital, Dr Kim Kennedy will study the patient and treatment-related factors which contribute to poorer survival rates from head and neck cancers in Aboriginal patients and determine which factors are modifiable.