100% of all auction items are donated by our generous sponsors.
The 2019 POSH auction will open on Thursday, 7 March, 2019.
Professor Ian Frazer AC is one of the most respected scientists in Australia today. As co-inventor of the technology enabling the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, his research has been instrumental in cervical cancer control in Australia and internationally. Now 11 years after first roll-out of the vaccine, Australia is poised to be the first country in the world to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health issue.
Ian’s contribution to public health has been recognised with awards including Australian of the Year in 2006, the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science, the Balzan Prize in 2008, and a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2012. He was also recently appointed as the Chair of the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund and is a past Chair of Cancer Council Australia. Cancer Council is honoured to welcome Professor Ian Frazer back to his third POSH as a keynote speaker.
"I congratulate the POSH Committee, sponsors and your supporters on your generous contribution to cancer research, raising $16 million over the past 20 years."
– Professor Ian Frazer AC
Dr Michelle McDonald leads the Bone Microenvironment Group at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. With funding from Cancer Council NSW, Dr Michelle McDonald and her team have been studying the early stages of multiple myeloma – a devastating form of cancer in the bone.
Using a new technique to see single myeloma cells in living bone for the first time, Michelle’s research is focussed on uncovering what activates dormant myeloma cells and causes cancer to grow in bone. Armed with this new insight, Michelle hopes to extend her research to test if drugs used to treat other bone diseases (such as osteoporosis) can effectively trigger myeloma cells to go back into hibernation. The overall goals of her research are to prevent the growth of cancers which grow in bone whilst also repairing the destruction these cancers cause.
Cancer Council is delighted to have Dr Michelle McDonald to provide an update on her latest findings from her study at POSH 2019.
"I am grateful to Cancer Council for their continued funding of my research and I applaud the POSH audience for their generosity."
– Dr Michelle McDonald
The success POSH enjoys today, as we celebrate our 20th year, is mainly attributed to the many people who give so generously their time, energy and effort.
Our thanks are extended to the POSH Committee members, many of whom have been on the POSH Committee since its inception. They provide the strategy, focus and inspiration to ensure POSH is a not-to-be-missed event and continues to raise more than $1 million annually for cancer research.
To the many volunteers whose efforts, whether large or small, are invaluable to our cause, we thank you for your contributions.
Finally, we gratefully acknowledge Vince Sorrenti, POSH Master of Ceremonies and entertainer, who has made an outstanding personal commitment by donating his services for the past 20 years. He continues to delight and engage our patrons, and we are very grateful for his support, humour and tenacity.
Michael Morgan, Chair
Bruce Hodgkinson AM SC
John Ryder Winning
Jeff Mitchell, Ex Officio
Cancer Council NSW acknowledges the generous support of the POSH Corporate Partners.
Cancer Council NSW acknowledges the generous support of the POSH sponsors and suppliers.