Congratulations to Sally Crossing AM, who presented the inaugural Ashleigh Moore Oration at the 2015 conference! Click here to view the Sally Crossing AM's profile. Please find a video of the presentation below:
Nominations are now closed. The Oration was established to recognise the significant contribution of Ashleigh Moore to the field of cancer survivorship in South Australia and beyond.
Ashleigh Moore OAM (1958-2014)
Many people get cancer, but few have ‘raised a voice for people affected by cancer’ in such diverse, effective and innovative ways as Ashleigh Moore OAM.
Ashleigh became the founding chair of Cancer Voices SA, the statewide 100% voluntary “grassroots” consumer advocacy group, in 2006. He chose to speak up, speak out and use the knowledge gained from surviving cancer to improve the path for others. His mission was to ensure ‘good systems and not good luck’ determined better cancer outcomes, and for patient’s and carer’s voices and perspectives to be heard at the highest levels. He knew that even one voice had the power to create change, and drew strength from knowing his voice was representing the collective voice of hundreds of others.
By sharing his observations and experience, he changed attitudes and understanding about cancer in the community as well as in health professional, health policy and research circles, via numerous committees of the SA Cancer Clinical Network, Cancer Australia, Cancer Voices, LIVESTRONG and other organisations.
Among his achievements, Ashleigh led an exemplary campaign on behalf of almost 900 patients affected by a radiotherapy underdosing incident, ensuring the power of consumer voices would never again be underestimated in South Australia. He began a new campaign to challenge the stigma and silence around lung cancer, highlighting the disparity in funding, support and awareness of this disease. He also led Cancer Conversations in Aboriginal Communities to break the stigma and silence about cancer, in fulfilment of a Global Cancer Campaign commitment and Cancer Australia funded project. Ashleigh contributed to the design of the building and chemotherapy treatment area in the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC) and was involved with many aspects of the inaugural 2013 FCIC Survivorship Conference. Ashleigh used innovative technology and social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, for cancer advocacy enabling exchange of information and ideas globally.
Ashleigh was an acclaimed speaker representing Australian cancer survivors at international events including the inaugural LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit (Ireland 2009), the Go Public Global Cancer Leadership Forum (Canada, 2009), and the Australian Lung Cancer Conference (2012). On the international stage he vowed “I want the next generation to never have to face the fear and uncertainty I suffered through the course of my cancer treatment. I want to make a difference”.
He established the Cancer Voices SA cycling team to ride in the 2009 Tour Down Under Community Challenge Ride. The team of 123 members set a new record in the history of the ride. Media about this novel strategy helped raise awareness of cancer survivorship in the general community. Many of the (420 registered) team members are still cycling and exercising regularly, thanks to Ashleigh’s initiative. After lung cancer surgery in 2011, Ashleigh’s courage, tenacity and determination to ride into the Adelaide Hills every weekend, despite struggling for breath, were inspirational.
Ashleigh was a true leader and tirelessly worked as a volunteer for 7 years helping countless people going through cancer, often while he was undergoing treatment and his own health and future were uncertain. Ashleigh inspired others to believe in themselves, that they too could make a difference, and achieve things they wouldn't have thought they could.
Ashleigh was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to the community through Cancer Voices SA on Australia Day, 2012. The legacy of Ashleigh Moore OAM’s cancer advocacy work is formidable and will continue to ‘make a difference’ for a long time ahead.
Sadly, Ashleigh passed away on 3 Feb 2014, aged 56 years, after an epic battle with head and neck cancer, then advanced lung cancer. What Ashleigh chose to make from these harrowing experiences is what truly sets him apart. He became an inspiring pioneer in cancer advocacy, blazing a trail at the state, national and international level.
To commemorate Ashleigh’s lasting contribution to the care of those affected by cancer, the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer established the annual Ashleigh Moore Oration to recognise an individual or organisation in Australia who has made an outstanding contribution to the care of cancer survivors through contribution to clinical practice, research, policy, and/or advocacy affecting cancer survivors.
The recipient of the award will deliver the Ashleigh Moore Oration at the 2nd FCIC Survivorship Conference in February 2015.