Jeannie Ferris awardees: Michael Quinn & Karen Livingstone
Congratulations to ANZGOG’s Prof Michael Quinn and Karen Livingstone, who were today awarded the Jeannie Ferris Cancer Australia Recognition Award for outstanding contributions to improving outcomes for women with gynaecological cancers.
Professor Quinn’s clinical and research achievements have impacted treatments and changed services available for women with gynaecological cancer. He has contributed significantly to the professional growth of others in the sector through organisational development of peek groups. He has personally raised more than $950,000 for ANZGOG research by running marathons, climbing mountains, and bike riding around the world. He was honoured in 1996 with a Victoria Day Award for Community Service, ’Victorian of the Year’ and in 2015 with an AM in the Australia Day Honours.
Karen Livingstone has the BRCA gene, so personally lives with the risk of ovarian cancer every day. Her mother died of ovarian cancer. Karen co-founded Ovarian Cancer Australia, and was its inaugural Director for 11 years, she was also the inaugural Consumer Director on the Board of ANZGOG. Karen established National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in February 2009. She is responsible for: the ‘Resilience’ information kit – a national free resource for Australian women who have ovarian cancer; the Symptom diary to support communication between women and their medical practitioners; and an information DVD for women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Karen was instrumental in fundraising $1.1 million for ANZGOG research.
“We are very proud of Professor Quinn and Karen Livingstone’s outstanding contributions to improving the lives of women with gynaecological cancer and this latest award is further recognition of the significance of their achievements. On behalf of the ANZGOG community – thank you!” – Associate Professor Alison Brand, Chair of ANZGOG