Alka Bisen is the Program Manager for Financial Assistance Services at Cancer Council NSW. She has been working with Cancer Council NSW for the past 8 years and currently oversees the Statewide financial assistance program and no interest loans for cancer patients in financial hardship. Alka worked in cancer care for 18 years in a not for profit organisation in India. During this time she worked across many different areas of cancer care and support. Just a few of the projects she worked on included setting up a cancer insurance scheme, cancer prevention and education in schools and corporations and clinical haematology screening work. Alka is an accredited financial counsellor and is a member of the Financial Counselling Association of NSW. Over the last 3 years she has provided financial counselling in treatment centres around Sydney, to people affected by cancer and their carers. Alka has a Bachelor of Science (Microbiology ) and a Post Graduate Diploma in haematology techniques.
Kim Hobbs holds a Masters degree in Social Work and has a long career in oncology social work; currently working at Westmead Hospital in the Department of Gynaecological Oncology. Building upon a solid base of clinical care, Kim advocates for improved psychosocial support services for all people with cancer and their families, friends and caregivers. She believes that psychosocial care should be an integral component of comprehensive cancer care for throughout treatment and recovery. Kim has been involved in the development of educational resources for both clinicians and consumers.