Asia-Pac Site Solutions Summit – Patient’s Voice Presentation by Cheryl-Ann Hawkins, Australian Ambassador/Monash Health Research Nurse

We are very proud of our Australian ambassador of Society of Clinical Research Sites (SCRS) and early phase Oncology team leader and clinical nurse consultant Cheryl-Ann Hawkins from Monash Health, who spoke on behalf of the steering organising committee welcoming the delegates to the 2018 Asia Pacific Summit of SCRS. Cheryl-Ann chaired and facilitated multiple sessions during the summit, the highlight for her and many of the delegates was however, her interview with two Monash Health Oncology clinical trial patients during the plenary session to an audience of over 250 researcher, representing both sites sponsors and CRO’s at the MCG on Tuesday the 17th of July.

A huge thank you to our patients, Effie Atkins and Emma Burt who took part in the interviews and shared their stories with all who were present. Not only did they share their perspectives of being a patient on a clinical drug trial, but they truly moved the audience with their strength and determination throughout their cancer journey. Their presentation shed light on the issues surrounding patient access to clinical trials and the importance of clinical trials becoming an upfront treatment option, rather than a last ditch effort to treat cancer. Both ladies spoke about their struggles with chemotherapy, but how their participation in a first in human immunotherapy trial has at last given both of them hope and life. They both continue to respond and are 2 years post their first treatment.


Pictured above Karen Gillett – Oncology Operations Manager,
Cheryl-Ann Hawkins and Kristy Horvath