Doc­tors give back with flow­ers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

DOC­TORS Claire John­son and An­gela Ives will “give back” by volunteering for the Can­cer Coun­cil WA’s Daf­fodil Day this week.

Univer­sity of WA-based Can­cer and Pal­lia­tive Care Re­search and Eval­u­a­tion Unit Fel­lows Dr John­son and Dr Ives will run their sec­ond stall selling daf­fodil pins at Sir Charles Gaird­ner Hos­pi­tal on Fri­day.

Dr John­son said volunteering was a good way to give back.

She said the re­search was im­por­tant to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on how to im­prove the WA health sys­tem.

“We col­lab­o­rate with a large cross sec­tion of peo­ple pro­vid­ing can­cer ser­vices through dif­fer­ent stages of peo­ple’s can­cer jour­neys be­cause we can­not do this by our­selves,” she said.

The re­search unit is com­prised of eight staff, based in Fiona Stan­ley and Sir Charles Gaird­ner hos­pi­tals.

Dr John­son and Dr Ives started work­ing to­gether in 2009, a year af­ter the re­search unit was formed.

“It’s been re­mark­ably en­er­gis­ing be­cause we both have dif­fer­ent ideas to bring for­ward,” Dr John­son said.

“We don’t look down mi­cro­scopes, we talk to peo­ple to un­der­stand how the health sys­tem works, which is re­ally im­por­tant.”

The Can­cer Coun­cil hopes to raise $857,000 this year.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d441940

Dr Claire John­son and Dr An­gela Ives are both re­search fel­lows in the Can­cer and Pal­lia­tive Care Re­search and Eval­u­a­tion Unit at the Univer­sity of Western Aus­tralia.

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