Oncologist Dr Antoinette Anazodo wins research excellence award

05 November 2018
Premier's Award

Congratulations to Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, oncologist Dr Antoinette Anazodo, winner of the Rising Star PhD candidate award at the NSW Premier’s Award for Cancer Research.

Dr Anazodo’s PhD led to the development of the first oncofertility registry looking at the uptake, utilisation, complications and success of fertility preservation. She has worked on identifying the barriers and successes of fertility preservation being discussed and incorporated into clinical care, and developed the first international oncofertility competency framework with clinicians from 16 high and middle income countries.

The final part of her PhD looked at the psychological and practical needs of patients as a result of reproductive concerns and demonstrated the reduction in fertility-related distress through the implementation of the oncoferitility service.

“I am incredibly honoured to receive this award and would like to thank the Future Fertility team and national and international collaborators for helping support this important work,” said Dr Anazodo.

“We will continue to collect registry data to help identify the risk of novel therapy, evaluate the health economics of providing oncofertility care and the success of assisted reproductive therapy following fertility preservation.”

Dr Anazodo has been a driving force behind the development of NSW's first public oncofertility service for adolescents and young adults with cancer, ensuring NSW cancer patients receive equitable and timely access to oncofertility care. It has also been instrumental in the development of Medicare item numbers for public funding for oncofertility care in Australia.

“This is an incredibly well deserved award acknowledging Antoinette’s passion to clinical care and research for adolescent cancer patients,” said Professor Tracey O’Brien, Director of the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children's Hospital (SCH).

“She has established herself as a national and international leader in oncofertility, and we are enormously proud to see her work recognised through this prestigious award.”

Dr Anazodo continues to facilitate several opportunities for research and clinical collaborations through her work at SCH, Prince of Wales Hospital and UNSW. In 2019, the Future Fertility team will work with the Kids Cancer Alliance and Translational Cancer Research Network to implement the findings from the oncofertility competency framework.

Her leadership in the field is further reflected in the nomination of the oncofertility service team for a NSW Health Award in Delivering Integrated Care, and her nomination for a NSW Premier’s Award for Improving Government Services.  The winners of these awards will be announced this week.

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