News and Events

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Welcome to the ‘News & Events’ hub!  This is your place to keep up-to-date with APF’s news and upcoming events.

Family Meetup in Brisbane for Children with Hypopituitarism –

Saturday 11 November 2023 

The Australian Pituitary Foundation recently hosted an event in Brisbane, bringing together paediatric pituitary patients and their families. The atmosphere was lively and full of warmth, highlighted by the joy of children meeting new friends. We sincerely thank everyone who participated, as your presence played a crucial role in the event’s success and in strengthening our community ties. The APF is encouraged by this turnout and looks forward to hosting similar events in the future to continue supporting and connecting our community.

Acromegaly Awareness Day, Mindful Movement Workshop – Saturday 25 November 2023

Our Acromegaly Mindful Movement workshop was a harmonious blend of relaxation, education, and community engagement. The day kicked off with a yoga session, providing a tranquil start, followed by a delightful breakfast that offered attendees the chance to connect. The post-breakfast segment featured insightful talks by APF General Manager and acromegaly patient Shari Dawson; Neurosurgeon Yi Yuen Wang; Endocrinologist Carmela Caputo; and Integrative GP Shami Barathan, who also led a workshop on managing anxiety and avoiding burnout. The event highlighted the APF’s dedication to supporting its members and enriching their understanding in a practical and meaningful way.

APF Support Groups via Zoom

Our 2023 APF support groups kicked off in February and we’re thrilled with the turnout and engagement. These Zoom sessions provided a vital platform for patients living with pituitary conditions and their families to connect, share, and support one another.

Looking ahead, we’re excited to announce that the next round of support groups will be held in February 2024, with the dates to be confirmed. To register interest in the next patient support group sessions, please email us with the support group you wish to attend:

  • Acromegaly Patient Support Group – Monday 19th February, 6pm – 6:45pm AEDT
  • Hypopituitarism/Panhypopituitarism Patient Support Group – Tuesday 20th February, 6pm – 6:45pm AEDT
  • Cushing’s Patient Support Group – Wednesday 21st February, 6pm – 6:45pm AEDT
  • Paediatric Parent/Carer Support Group – Thursday 22nd February, 6pm – 6:45pm AEDT

Shari’s Story

Shari Dawson, our very own General Manager, shares her challenging Acromegaly journey with Australian media:

National 9 News7 NewsYahoo News

New York Post / The Mirror US / Unilad / News.com.au 

Pituitary Awareness Days

  • ‘Rare Disease Day’ – 28th February
  • ‘Cushing’s Awareness Day’ – 8th April
  • ‘Child Growth Awareness Day’ – 20th September
  • ‘Pituitary Awareness Month’ – 1st October – 31st October
  • ‘Acromegaly Awareness Day’ – 1st November