Keynote Speaker Mr Richard Vines
In 2012, Richard and his wife Kate established Rare Cancers Australia (RCA), a patient advocacy group, whose mission is to improve the lives and outcomes for rare cancer patients.
Since the formation of RCA, the organisation has become recognised as a key participant in the broader cancer community. RCA has published research on the state of rare and less common cancers through the “Just a little more time” reports, actively advocated for policy reform around research and treatment for rare cancers and provided substantial and innovative support to Australian patients living with rare and less common cancers.
He is Chair and Chief Executive of Rare Cancers Australia, Chair of the Australian Genomics Health Alliance’s Community Advisory Board, Co-chair of All.can, Convener and Co-chair of the Australian National Oncology Alliance, and Interim Deputy Chair of the Australian Genomics Cancer Medicines Program. Richard also serves as an associate investigator on several research projects.
Richard is now a highly sought-after spokesperson for cancer patient advocacy issues.