Calling all Metavivors to speak their minds

Metavivors have a tremendous opportunity to tell politicians about your experience with breast cancer and your needs.

Parliament’s Health Select Committee is asking to hear from Metavivors to help the committee consider petitions for the medicines Ibrance and Kadycla and a letter calling for a review of PHARMAC.

The petitions and letter were presented to MPs in the Metavivors march to Parliament in October, and the committee is looking at the requests.

The committee has told Ibrance petition organiser Terre Nicholson that anyone can choose to make a written or recorded video submission to the committee. Other options are appearing in person or via videoconference.

“This is such a great opportunity to speak up and have your voice heard. There is nothing more powerful than people connecting with people,” BCAC Chairperson Libby Burgess says.

The committee has asked in the first instance for an indication if possible of how many Metavivors would like to submit in person or via video conference – to help plan the physical logistics at the hearings. Please contact Terre with as much of the following information as you are willing to provide: Name, location, email, phone and whether you would you like to submit in person or via videoconference. Email Terre at

In addition to this, the committee will collect written and recorded submissions if people would like to start working on them.

Hearings will likely start as soon as the House of Parliament resumes in the second week of February 2019.

17 January 2019

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