Patient care inspires winner
WEST Perth oncology pharmacist Julie Adams has been named the 2016 Telstra WA Business Woman of the Year for her work in cancer care.
The doctor also received the 2016 Telstra WA Business Women’s Entrepreneur award for her business chemo@home.
The business, which was established three years ago, offers patients the convenience to have cancer treatment in their own home.
Dr Adams said winning the award was a great surprise and helped give the business a more public profile.
She said she was inspired by improving patients’ treatment experience and their quality of life.
“Having treatment at home helps alleviate stress for patients, and there is a lot of information to support that those patients who have treatment at home benefit from it,” she said.
“A lot of people aren’t aware you can have this treatment in your home and that it’s available to patients having most treatments.”
The business also provides athome infusions for other conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis.
Ms Adams said chemo@home was available only to private patients.
“Currently chemo@home is only available for patients with private health insurance, but we are currently in negotiations with the State Government to try and make it available to public patients who require treatment,” she said.
Small Business Minister Sean L'Estrange and last year's WA winner Angie Paskevicius congratulate Julie Adams with Telstra regional director Janet Barnes.