Ocular Melanoma Forum


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Join us for supper and hear the latest information about ocular melanoma from experts including ophthalmologist, Dr Sunil Warrier. Updates on treatments and the latest research from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute will be provided.  Strategies for living well and survivor stories will be shared. There will also be plenty of time for questions.

Level 8, East Wing, Wesley Hospital
451 Coronation Drive, Brisbane

Tuesday 18th July 2017
6:00pm to 8:30pm

Paid parking is available at The Wesley as well as limited on street parking.
Public transport is easily accessible.

$5.00 per person


Dr Sunil Warrier

Dr Warrier obtained his medical degree from the Flinders University of South Australia. He then underwent residency training in medicine and surgery at The Royal Adelaide Hospital and completed a Masters degree in Medicine, before moving to Queensland to undertake specialist training in ophthalmology. After completing the rigorous training and exams set by The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, he received a scholarship from the Prevent Blindness Foundation to further study diseases of the Retina, Glaucoma and Ocular Oncology. Dr Warrier also received further specialist training in Ocular Oncology at the Liverpool Ocular Oncology Service (NHS Centre for Excellence), located within St Paul’s Eye Unit in the United Kingdom.

He has several publications in peer-reviewed journals and continues this interest in research to this day. He has a passion for teaching both medical students and trainee specialists, both in his private practice and via his public appointment at The Mater Hospital, Brisbane.

Dr Kelly Brooks

Kelly is a scientific researcher at QIMR Berghofer in Professor Nick Hayward’s Oncogenonics research team. She has been working on melanoma for 9 years both in Brisbane and also in Manchester, England. It was during her time in Manchester that Kelly’s research became focused on uveal melanoma. Her research aims to understand the biology underlying the development, maintenance and progression of uveal melanoma. By understanding the biological consequences of common mutations Kelly’s work aims to identify key biological pathways that can be targeted for the development of effective and selective treatments for metastatic uveal melanoma.

Jane Palmer

Jane is a research nurse with a career-long interest in melanoma who acts as the study participant liaison. Her main role consists of recruiting participants, obtaining biological samples as well as collating and updating genotype, family history, epidemiologic, environmental risk factor, clinical and outcome information for study participants. She coordinates the Queensland component of a large international melanoma genetics research project and management of the Oncogenomics Laboratory biospecimen bank.

Fiona Bennett

Fiona has been an Allied Health Professional for 40 years. She has tertiary qualifications in Speech Pathology, Social Work and Counselling.  Over the years Fiona has worked as a Speech Pathologist, a Grief Counsellor in Private Practice, a Lifeline Telephone Counsellor, a Relationships Australia Counsellor and since graduating in 2008, a Social Worker. She has held clinical, managerial, research, hospital administration, board membership and education roles throughout her career.  Fiona is dedicated to improving the lives of those impacted by melanoma.

Nicki Laws

Nicki Laws is a vet, farmer, artist, mother from country Queensland. She was diagnosed with a large choroidal melanoma in March 2015 at a routine eye examination. Due to the size of the tumour the eye was removed ten days later. PET scans at the time and liver MRI’s since have been normal.

Nicki says she has been determined to live life as before, but is better at saying no (and to not put off things she really wants to do!). Family, friends, farm and animals, growing her own food, art and enjoying nature keep her busy and happy.  She feels OM patients today can have a measure of hope and gratitude, because there are many good people working hard to improve outcomes, and many patients who have sought answers and strive to build an OM community in Australia and overseas.

Kym Stewart

Kym Stewart is an ocular melanoma survivor who was diagnosed in 2005.  Her treatment included radiation plaque treatment followed by 2 doses of transpupillary thermotherapy.  Kym receives regular follow-up scans and assessments and remains melanoma free. Kym is a wife and mother of two adult children as well as the facilitator of MPA’s Toowoomba Support Group.  In this role she is passionate about offering support to melanoma patients and their families.  In her spare time Kym enjoys her hobby of photography as well as spending time with family.