Home' LOTL : October 2004 Contents SAVING LIVES
Every day in Australia over 30 women discover they have
breast cancer. Nine out of 10 women who get breast cancer
do not have a family history of the disease. Breast cancer is the
most common cancer in women aged over 35 years and
although we know of many factors that contribute to the risk of
women getting breast cancer, the cause remains unknown.
Thankfully, the NSW Breast Cancer Institute (NSW BCI) is
committed to ensuring that women and their families who are
at risk or have a diagnosis of breast cancer receive the best
advice, information, treatment and holistic care.
The work of the NSW BCI is delivered through programs of
clinical care, research and education. They are committed to the
adoption of advanced technologies which improve patient care
and provide platforms for future advancements in diagnosis and
treatment applications. They have just obtained the first second-
generation Digital Mammography System in the world for
implementation in the Breast Centre, located in Westmead
In December 2003, the NSW BCI moved into the new
Breast Centre -- the first purpose-built facility in Australia to
deliver one-stop-shop ser vices for breast cancer patients.
However, to keep these advancements happening they rely on
public awareness and support, hence the importance of
education programs such as the NSW BCI's annual Public
Forum satellite broadcast.
In 2004, the Public For um will be broadcast live from
Darling Harbour, Sydney, on Sunday November 14.
International and Australian experts from the Leura V
International Breast Cancer Conference (hosted by the NSW
BCI from November 10--14) will discuss important issues on
the diagnosis, treatment and management of breast cancer.
For more information on the Public Forum and how to
help beat cancer and save lives visit www.bci.org.au
On October 9, Lesbians Incorporated (LINC) announces
the funding of seventeen national community projects
totalling $15,000, the largest amount awarded since the
scheme was initiated.
$2000 was allocated to Matrix Guild (Vic) for aged and
disadvantaged lesbians, $2000 for a safe space where Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander lesbians can meet (Syd), an exhibition
by SLIT artists, an Italian lesbian social group (Vic), a FEAST
dancesport comp (SA), women's social dances (NSW), art-
books of lesbian culture (WA), a coming out support group in
outer Brisbane, a concert band demo CD (Syd), a marching
banner project (NSW), a lesbian arts festival (Syd), a website for
remote women (NT), a lesbian cancer memorial project (Syd),
a brochure for books for children of lesbians (Syd), a lesbian
video library (SA) and a photography exhibition in Mardi Gras
2005 (Syd). Successful applications will be announced as part of
a celebration of International Lesbian Day. Entertainment, food
and drinks provided. All welcome. Grants Announcement
2--4pm followed by the LINC AGM 4--6pm. Community
Hall, 8--10 Brown St, Newtown (above Women's Library).
Call Georgina on (02) 9557 2774 for more information.
Lesbians of diverse cultures will celebrate their unique
identities in the first Australian Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, Intersex, Queer Multicultural Conference,
Comedian Sue-Ann Post will host the October 15 launch
and guest speakers include Chief Commissioner of Victorian
Police Christine Nixon, SBS News Reader Anton Enus, Dr
Happy Ho, the Equal Rights Network's Rodney Croome, and
Somali Cerise, Co-Convenor NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights
Lobby. Register at www.also.org.au/agmc
SOMETHING TO SAY? Twenty10 has gathered some same sex
attracted (SSA) young women, lollies and textas and joined
forces to create SSAY IT! a free and confidential group for SSA
young women (20 and under) to meet up, socialise, eat and
be a part of workshops e.g. self defence, GLBTQI culture, and
quiz nights. Call Jackie or Katy on (02) 8594 9562 or email
YOUNG SPEAKERS FPA Health is seeking 15 same sex
attracted youth 18--24 years for training as panel speakers.
Learn how to construct a personal story, handle tricky
questions and set boundaries. It is free (travel expenses and
lunch costs covered). The next course is on Oct 6 and 23.
Contact FPA Health on (02) 8752 5324 or email
POSITIVE WOMEN People Living With HIV/AIDS (NSW)
and Positive Women (Vic) Inc are presenting a lunch and
forum on the specific needs of NSW HIV positive women.
Women GPs, nurses, social workers working with positive
women welcome. October 9, 12.30--4.30pm Myrtle Place,
41 Alfred St Sth, Milson's Pt. RSVP by Oct 6 to Kathy (02)
9361 6011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
HOMO HISTORY The 6th Australian gay and lesbian history
conference is on at the University of Sydney Oct 1 and 2.
Papers will address topics including Kerryn & Jackie, Bondi's
gay gang murders, and the Pink Dollar. Free. For more
details email email@example.com
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