LETTERS

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

Call­ing all cancer sur­vivors – we re­ally need your help! AT LAST count, 965 cancer sur­vivors had taken part in our Aus­tralian-first study, but we need to get 1000 in or­der to reach our sur­vey tar­get. The study aims to help im­prove cancer ser­vices and pro­grams by iden­ti­fy­ing the many is­sues cancer sur­vivors face af­ter di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment. From deal­ing with in­som­nia, con­fu­sion or de­pres­sion, to re­turn­ing to work and help­ing your fam­ily cope – we need to un­der­stand your ex­pe­ri­ences in or­der to help. Shar­ing your story will en­able us to pro­vide the best pos­si­ble care to other Aus­tralian cancer sur­vivors in the fu­ture. We need to hear from as many of you as pos­si­ble! We want ev­ery Queens­lan­der di­ag­nosed with cancer to have the best pos­si­ble qual­ity of life and we need to un­der­stand the chal­lenges you face in or­der to achieve

Prof Jeff Dunn, Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land CEO We want ev­ery Queens­lan­der di­ag­nosed with cancer to have the best pos­si­ble qual­ity of life

that. If you’re a cancer sur­vivor aged 18 or over and have com­pleted treat­ment, take the time to share your story with us and help make a dif­fer­ence to the life of some­one di­ag­nosed with cancer. Please go to www.sur­vivorstudy.org.au to­day and help us reach our tar­get. PRO­FES­SOR JEFF DUNN AO CEO Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land Pen­sion­ers, thank you I WOULD just like to thank all those pen­sion­ers and dis­ad­van­taged people who are now ex­pected to put the na­tion back on fi­nan­cial track. Thank God we have you. Most have been hard work­ing, hon­ourable people who worked hard, paid taxes and ex­pected past gov­ern­ments to man­age the na­tion’s fi­nan­cial af­fairs in such a man­ner that they could be re­lieved from stress in later years or dur­ing their disability. So where has all the good gov­er­nance gone over the past years? It is re­mark­able that the poor­est people in the na­tion are pre­sumed to be the an­swer to the econ­omy. Are we not lucky to have such a scape­goat as the aged and in­firmed? How come we had wealth in the ’70s and ’80s for Medi­care with­out co-pay­ments, yet we are wealth­ier now? Per­haps it is a mat­ter of where the money is col­lected in taxes and where it is now dis­trib­uted. Aus­tralia was a land of fair play and com­pas­sion. Many may now be­lieve we have lost the plot. A sign of con­cern for the pop­u­lace would be a most re­fresh­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. JIM TORK­ING­TON Bar­gara

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