PICCSI in the Heidelberg Leader!

Na na na na na na na na LEADER!
Leader! Leader! Leader!

Anybody browsing the Heidelberg Leader this week may have noticed a feature piece on a certain PICCSI volunteer. The piece tells a brief version of the PICCSI story.

And whilst Nicola did start PICCSI (the Pacific Island Cervical Cancer Screening Initiative) and is to be applauded for her efforts, she is the first to point out that she didn’t, in fact, invent the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) that PICCSI utilises. That honour went to Kary Mullis, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1993 for the feat!

Read the article from July 30 here.

And just because I had to…

Spotlight On: VCS Pathology

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The team at VCS Pathology is proud to be involved with the PICCSI Project. The VCS motto is “Quality and Support from Experts”. VCS is a specialist laboratory committed to providing excellence in cervical cytology, HPV testing, histopathology and Chlamydia testing.

VCS Pathology has been very generous to the PICCSI Project. VCS Pathology has not only donated their time and expertise in running all of PICCSI’s local HPV tests, they have helped with the planning of our studies and with the technical logistics of running our project in such a challenging environment.

PICCSI would particularly like to thank Marion Saville and David Hawkes from VCS for their invaluable expertise in planning our projects in the Pacific and the quality of their HPV testing at their Melbourne facility.

 

Marion Saville of VCS Pathology
Marion Saville of VCS Pathology
David Hawkes of VCS Pathology
David Hawkes of VCS Pathology

 


Learn more about our partners at our Volunteers, Donors and Partners pages.

The Lion King Movie Night

PICCSI - The Lion King

Event: PICCSI FundraiserDetails: Movie Screening: The Lion King
Date:  19 July 2019
Time: 8.00pm
Location: Westgarth Palace Cinema (map)

Tickets are available through TryBooking.com

Thanks go to Alice Berezner for organising the 2019 PICCSI Movie Fundraiser: The Lion King.

Come along to the amazing Westgarth Palace Cinema and enjoy what will surely be one of the must-see movies for 2019: The Lion King!

Don’t forget to ‘like’ this event on facebook and share with your friends!!

 

Spotlight On: Dr Alison!

Alison Fitz-Gerald
Alison Fitz-Gerald of Seed O&G and PICCSI

Name:
Alison Fitz-Gerald

Position:
PICCSI Volunteer Gynaecologist and PICCSI Planning Committee Member

How I became involved with PICCSI:
Alison Fitz-Gerald did part of her Obstetrics and Gynaecology training alongside Nicola Fitzgerald (no relation!).

Nicola heavily promoted the PICCSI Project to Alison…no doubt emphasizing the beautiful Pacific Island sunset and cocktail opportunities and omitting the early starts and long days!

Life outside of PICCSI:

Alison is an obstetrician and gynaecologist. Her private practice is Seed O&G.

Seed O&G is located in Mt Waverley. Please check out the Seed O&G facebook page.

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Alison has a public appointment at Monash Health where in addition to her clinical work she is a RANZCOG training supervisor, participates in the mentor program for medical students and has been an examiner for Monash University. Alison is the obstetric lead at Dandenong Hospital for an Australia-wide project looking to reduce severe trauma from childbirth.


Learn more about our partners at our Volunteers, Donors and Partners pages.

Fundraise with Zahrah!

Zahrah - PICCSI

Congratulations and commendations to Zahrah:

Zahrah is a Obstetrics and Gynaecology resident doctor in Melbourne who is from Fiji.  This year for her birthday, Zahrah has decided to fund raise for PICCSI (Pacific Island Cervical Cancer Screening Initiative).

The cost of a cervical screening test is roughly $25, so she is asking friends and family to “donate a test” in lieu of birthday gifts and dinners.

Give to PICCSI. Nicola Fitzgerald Piggy Bank
Give to PICCSI on behalf of Zahrah!

“Donate a HPV test in lieu of birthday gifts and dinners!”

What a great idea, Zahrah. PICCSI thanks you (and HealthServe for their PICCSI assistance).

Follow this link if you would like to contribute to Zahrah’s ‘Everyday Hero’ page.

Cervical Cancer Screening: Self Collected Samples

PICCSI Pacific Islands Cervical Cancer Screening Initiative. Nicola Fitzgerald. Fiji. ABC Self Collected Cervix Cancer HPV Swab

A recent article published by the ABC’s Olivia Wills discusses self-collected human papilloma virus (HPV) testing. Self-collected cervical swabs are an alternative to a health professional collecting a sample for HPV testing or performing a pap smear.

HPV is the virus that causes about 99 per cent of cervical cancers. The new HPV test looks for the presence of the virus itself, rather than checking for precancerous changes in cells.

It detects potential problems earlier than a pap smear and is predicted to save more lives.

While Australia is on track to eliminate cervical cancer by 2035, it remains the fourth-most common cancer in women worldwide, killing one woman every two minutes.

In 2018 The World Health Organisation (WHO) described cervical cancer as one of the “gravest threats to women’s health” and recognised the need for a co-ordinated global effort to eliminate the disease.

Luckily, you can help: the Pacific Island Cervical Cancer Screening Initiative (PICCSI) currently conducts both practitioner-collected and patient-collected HPV testing in the Pacific. If this proves to be acceptable, effective and safe, we could soon see self-collection HPV testing replace conventional HPV testing and pap smears for women in the Pacific.

Help out by spreading the word (facebook.com/piccsi and piccsi.org) and making a tax-deductible donation to PICCSI.

International Women’s Day 2019

International Womens Day 2019. PICCSI. Nicola Fitzgerald and Kathryn FitzGerald. CLC Catholic Ladies College-2 - Copy-1920

March 8 was International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day was adopted by the United Nations in 1975 as part of International Women’s Year. Each International Women’s Day has a theme. The 2019 theme is ‘Think equal, build smart, innovate for change’.

International Womens Day 2019. PICCSI. Nicola Fitzgerald and Kathryn FitzGerald. CLC Catholic Ladies College-2 - Copy-1920
International Women’s Day 2019. PICCSI’s Nicola Fitzgerald and Kathryn FitzGerald at  CLC Catholic Ladies College Eltham.

As part of International Women’s Day 2019, Catholic Ladies College (CLC) was kind enough to invite former CLC students Nicola Fitzgerald and Kathryn FitzGerald of the Pacific Island Cervical Cancer Screening Initiative (PICCSI) to address the student body.

PICCSI addresses the 2019 theme ‘Think equal, build smart, innovate for change‘:

  • PICCSI improves health equality for women in our Pacific region.
  • PICCSI utilizes smart infrastructure such as portable, instantaneous testing  and on-the-spot treatment for women in remote areas.
  • PICCSI is testing the efficacy of self-collected samples: an innovation that may allow patients to collect their own cervical samples without compromising cancer detection.

PICCSI would like to thank CLC for inviting Nicola and Kathryn to speak at International Women’s Day 2019.

International Womens Day 2019. PICCSI. Nicola Fitzgerald and Kathryn FitzGerald. CLC Catholic Ladies College
International Women’s Day 2019. PICCSI. Nicola Fitzgerald and Kathryn FitzGerald.

Na Vakekeli

Thank you to Seremaia Koroi for you radio interview on NaVakekeli. The show was recorded recently and aired today. Fortunately, the interview was filmed in studio for us all to share. Job well done, Koroi!

PICCSI wishes you well for your future radio career!!