Survivors Teaching Students 2018-10-03T05:03:43+00:00

Survivors Teaching Students® is a volunteer program that brings the faces and voices of ovarian cancer survivors and caregivers into the classrooms of health professional students to teach them about women’s experiences with the disease.

To learn more about our upcoming training or information sessions, please view the google calendar and email Kylie Tattersall (finance@anzgog.org.au) if you have any questions.

Survivors Teaching Students was developed by the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance in the United States in 2002 and has since been adapted for Canada and the UK. The Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (ANZGOG) is pleased to be leading the program in Australia.

Survivors through their own personal experiences are in a unique position to help students become more sensitive to the risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer so that when they go into practice they can diagnose women sooner and save lives. Our goal is to increase the number of health care providers who recognize the risk factors and symptoms of ovarian cancer so that the disease is detected earlier.

Over 1000 volunteers around the world can personally attest to the fact that it is one of the most empowering things a survivor or caregiver can do.

How does it work?

STS brings ovarian cancer survivors and carers into the classrooms to share their experiences of symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, and provide key information on the disease.

What are the benefits?

The program provides a critical opportunity to teach future medical, nursing and health professionals about the importance of detecting and diagnosing ovarian cancer, and the importance of research and clinical trials to develop new treatments and improve outcomes for women diagnosed with ovarian and other gynaecological cancers.

Hundreds of women across the world speak to medical, nursing and health professional students as volunteers with Survivors Teaching Students. Like them, you may find that sharing your story not only makes an impact on other women’s lives, but is an incredibly rewarding experience for you.

How do I join the program?

If you are interested in participating or learning more about the Survivors Teaching Students program please call the Program Manager Helen Gooden on 02 8071 4880.


The ANZGOG: Survivors Teaching Students project is a Cancer Australia Supporting people with cancer Grant initiative, funded by the Australian Government.

The program is affiliated with Ovarian Cancer Australia to extend reach and under licence to ANZGOG from OCRFA in the USA.