On Saturday, 21st October 2023, CCCIS celebrated its 9th annual Chronic Illness Awareness Day at the Hawthorn Library function room. The event commenced with an insightful address by Sabine Ostrowski, Manager of Early Detection Screening, Early Detection, and Immunisation at Cancer Council Victoria, who emphasised the critical role of cancer screening in saving lives.
The day was enriched by presentations from four esteemed medical specialists:
Dr. Yong Zhang, a general practitioner, enlightened the audience about Osteoporosis, Causes and Treatments
Dr. Hanmei Pan, a geriatrician, and member of the Australian Chinese Medical Association of Victoria (ACMAV), shared insights on frailty
Dr. Margaret Ma, a neurologist, and member of ACMAV, discussed Stroke, Causes and Treatments,
Dr. Peter Cheng, a medical oncologist, delved into the topic of lung cancer.
Each presentation was meticulously crafted, incorporating intriguing case studies that resonated well with the attendees.
A highlight of the event was the delectable luncheon, courtesy of the CCCIS’ Chinese Free Meals to People In Need Program volunteer team who spent the morning preparing the feast at their Centre and ensured timely delivery to the venue.
The event concluded with heartfelt words from Dorothy Yiu, President of CCCIS. She expressed gratitude to all the presenters, volunteers, Dr. Frank Wang (MC), event coordinator Mandy Lee, and everyone who contributed to the success of the day. Special mention was made of the audience, whose participation added immense value to the event.
Dr. Shera Leony, President of ACMAV, graced the occasion and expressed her satisfaction with the event’s outcome.
The day was not just about knowledge sharing but also about building connections. It provided ample opportunities for networking and fostering social ties.
As the event came to a close, the air was filled with eager anticipation for the next Chronic Illness Awareness Day, promising even more enriching experiences and learnings.