Even if you are unable to attend the event live, once you have registered you will be able to receive the completed webinar to view at a later time.
Date: Wednesday, 15th July 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm AEDT
Where: Online – join via your computer!
Presenters: Stephen Leppard, Andrew Grulich and Richard Hillman
About this webinar
Anal cancer is caused by high-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV). The annual incidence of anal cancer in HIV-negative gay and bisexual men is 5–20 per 100,000, and in HIV-positive gay and bisexual men is 70–130 per 100,000.
To put these figures in perspective, the annual incidence of cervical cancer in women is about 7 per 100,000. The most common cancer in men is prostate cancer, with an incidence of about 170 per 100,000. The incidence of bowel cancer in men is about 75 per 100,000.
In some decades, HPV vaccination will lead to reductions in incidence of anal cancer, but other interventions are needed until then. Screening for anal cancer has been advocated by some experts, but it is controversial as there are uncertainties which have greatly impeded the wide introduction of screening. Research is underway to urgently address these uncertainties.
In the meantime, the stigma around anal cancer means people often do not seek help for some time after the condition has developed. For gay and bisexual men diagnosed with anal cancer, they may live with the stigma of coming out as a gay man being diagnosed with HIV and also anal cancer.
Cancer Council NSW is funding important research into this neglected cancer. This research is being conducted by a leading international team based at the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales.
Cancer Council NSW aims through this webinar to highlight the issues and start the conversation to provide support for gay and bisexual men with anal cancer.
Who should attend
Gay and Bisexual men at risk of, or living with anal cancer. Health Professionals, family and friends of men affected by anal cancer.
About our presenters
The discussion will be facilitated by Kim Pearce, Coordinator Cancer Support Group Leader Program and the panel will include:
Stephen Leppard was diagnosed with locally advanced anal cancer in 2013. Treatment with combined chemotherapy and radiotherapy was initially effective, but a local recurrence of the cancer was discovered in 2014. Major surgical intervention was then required, but one year following the surgery he is cancer-free and healthy.
Andrew Grulich is a medical epidemiologist and a Public Health Physician. He has worked in HIV research for more than twenty years.
Richard Hillman trained as a general physician in Edinburgh, Scotland, before specialising in HIV & Sexual Health in London, where he completed his PhD.
We look forward to your participation! Register Now for this important webinar and to learn more about the presenters.
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We also couldn’t have done it without all of you, and we love that so many of you dressed up for our fairy tale theme ‘Once Upon a Time’ as princesses, knights and woodland creatures. You can find photos online from our media partners on their websites: SameSame.com.au, SX and the Star Observer.
And of course our thanks to our fabulous entertainment who embraced our theme too, from Bobby Falzon and Michael Fox singing ‘Agony’ from Into the Woods, to Lady Sings it Better performing a medley of our favourite classics, and Katie Noonan’s magical interpretation of ‘Once Upon a Dream’, originally from Sleeping Beauty. We loved sharing Maya Newell’s touching and thought-provoking keynote speech with you, as well as the class and humour of our hosts Andrew Mercado and Nath Valvo, and we were thrilled at the secret ‘Maleficent’ show by Decoda Secret and her dancers Jason Jowett and Michael Corbett.
Funds raised from the night will go towards Aurora’s major grant recipient, Twenty10 incorporating GLCS NSW. It will also go towards our Small Grants program, which allows organisations supporting the LGBTI community to apply for up to $5000. Applications open later in the year and further information is available at www.auroragroup.com.au.
We can’t wait to show you how your generosity is making dreams come true.
The 2015 Aurora Ball is this Saturday, and we have two exciting pieces of news to share with you.
Our hosts for this year’s Ball areAndrew MercadoandNath Valvo. Andrew is an author, commentator and TV personality. Nath is a stand-up comedian, radio host and writer. Together they bring class and humour to the job of steering us through a magical night of food, wine and music.
Our second piece of news is about the fabulous prizes that will be raising money for our community on the night.
Prizes include an original etching from Salvador Dali’s “Caprices de Goya” portfolio, a trip for two to Thailand, and a private cabaret performance or workshop by Lady Sings it Better.
This year, our auctions are moving online to make bidding even easier. You can even access our online bidding system from Wednesday at www.galabid.com/aurora
to plan ahead.
The 2015 Aurora Ball – ‘Once Upon a Time’ – just got an extra sprinkling of fairy dust with the announcement of iconic Australian performer Katie Noonan.
Katie Noonan’s technical mastery and pure vocals make her one of Australia’s most versatile and beloved musicians.
A mother, singer, producer, songwriter, pianist and business woman, the 4 x ARIA Award winning and 6 x platinum selling songstress first received widespread praise as the angel-voiced songstress of indie-pop band George.
The Aurora Group are thrilled to announce an artist who has been described as ‘one of the greatest all time Australian talents’ (weekendnotes.com), ‘a rare talent with a voice of extraordinary beauty and versatility (The Australian), and ‘arguably Australia’s greatest music superwoman’ (BMA Magazine).
‘We want to take guests at this year’s Ball on a journey of magic and enchantment, and Katie Noonan’s ethereal and soulful voice is the perfect way to take us there,’ said Aurora Co-chair Alison King. ‘Whether Katie is reimagining the classics or singing from her own songbook, her performances are always an unforgettable experience.’
Joining the musical line up for the night are Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood from Lady Sings it Better, one half of this formidable four-woman act that skewers the worst of misogyny in pop culture with tongue-in-cheek, high-energy comedy cabaret.
Maeve and Libby have been singing together for five years, in countless Sydney venues and at festivals including Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Festival of Voices and Edinburgh Fringe. This year, they’re also collaborating on new projects: Mother’s Ruin – a cabaret about gin and a folk musical with Van Badham. They’re accompanied by Hayden Barltrop, Lady Sings it Better pianist and rising star of Sydney’s growing indie musical theatre scene.
When guests are ready to move their glass slippers to the dance floor, Neil Singleton, AKA DJ Dirty Nelly, will play fresh from his 2014 US tour.
Tickets to the Ball are $235 and are on sale now. Corporate and Community tables are also available. Tickets are extremely limited with only a handful left, so book as soon as possible to avoid missing out. For bookings, people should email email@example.com or call (02) 8323 4041. Further information is available at www.auroragroup.com.au.
The keynote speaker at the 2015 Aurora Ball will be Maya Newell – director of the upcoming documentary film ‘Gayby Baby’.
Gayby Baby premieres at the Sydney Film Festival today and tells the story of four 11 year old children growing up with same-sex parents.
Sydneysider Maya Newell grew up with two lesbian mothers and wants to share the stories of families like hers.
“Sometimes debates about same-sex families talk about us as hypotheticals – we’re not,” said Ms Newell.
“I want to give voice to the rich, complicated and loving experience of growing up in a rainbow family in Australia today.”
The theme of the 2015 Aurora Ball is ‘Once Upon a Time’: stepping into the stories which have intrigued us since we were kids, and spreading a little magic to the people in our community who really need it.
Maya will share her own experience of how drawing on our own life stories can help other people’s dreams come true.
“At a time when there is a national dialogue around equality that has direct implications for our community and families, we are delighted to have Maya speak at this year’s Aurora Ball” said Aurora Co-Chair Adam Niewand. “Maya is an eloquent voice in our community providing an important perspective on the topic of same sex families, and I for one cannot wait to hear her insights and stories.”
Tickets to the Ball are $235 and are on sale now. Corporate and Community tables are also available. Tickets are extremely limited with only a handful of tickets left, so book as soon as possible to avoid missing out. For bookings people should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 8323 4041. Further information is available at www.auroragroup.com.au.
It’s time to start growing out your hair and saving up for that silver slipper, because this year the Aurora Ball’s fairy tale theme is ‘Once Upon a Time.’
The 16th Aurora Ball will be on Saturday 20 June and will draw on the stories we all know from our childhoods (and the silver screen). Only this time Prince Charming might be going home
with the woodsman and Cinderella may not want a fella.
Returning to the iconic Sydney Town Hall around International Stonewall Day, the Aurora Ball will help dreams come to life by raising money for crucial organisations like Twenty10 incorporating the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service.
In the past year, Aurora has disbursed $30,000 to seven organisations supporting the LGBTI community in NSW, in addition to their major grant recipient Twenty10.
“This year the Aurora Ball will live up to its reputation for indulgent food and wine, and spectacular entertainment, all with a Grimm twist,” say Adam Niewand and Alison King, Aurora’s co-chairs.
“This year is all about magic: stepping into the stories which have intrigued you since you were a child, and spreading a little magic to the people in our community who really need it.”
“We can hardly wait to share with you the entertainment we’ve got planned for the night, so watch this space.”
Tickets to the Ball are $235 and are on sale now. Corporate and Community tables are also available. Tickets are limited, and booking early is strongly recommended due to quick sellouts in the past. For bookings people should email email@example.com or call (02) 8323 4041. Further information is available at www.auroragroup.com.au.
Aurora is again offering a discounted table to guests aged 30 and under who have never been to an Aurora Ball before. Ten tickets will be made available at a reduced rate of $160 so that younger members of our community can experience the night.