Women @ The Alfred
In 2001 Carolyn Stubbs brought together 14 women to raise awareness and funds to fight prostate cancer. At the time, women across Australia were successfully lobbying governments and approaching corporations to provide amazing facilities to monitor, treat and fund research into breast cancer.
In contrast, many men were dying, untreated with prostate cancer. The group recognised that this major health issue, with the capacity to affect the men they loved, was being overlooked.
Today the group comprises over 50 women who continue to come together to harness the support of the community to fight prostate cancer.
Initially named Private Men’s Business (PMB), the group's first lunch in 2002 raised over $100,000. In 2005 they agreed to partner with the Alfred Foundation and changed their name to Women@theAlfred (W@TA) and held the inaugural Chairman’s Lunch.
Since then W@TA have donated in excess of $4,000,000 to support the early detection and treatment of those impacted by prostate cancer, including helping to establish a dedicated Prostate Cancer Clinic at The Alfred Centre, which provides prostate-specific medical facilities and counselling.
The Victorian Melanoma Service (VMS) at The Alfred was founded 25 years ago as the state’s first and only comprehensive multidisciplinary service for people with melanoma. Our team is globally renowned for its expertise in enhancing detection and improving patient outcomes in Australia whereone person is diagnosed with melanoma every half an hour*.
In 2020, thanks to the generous decision made by Brian Jenkins to include a gift of $500,000 in his Will, The Alfred was able to establish The Jenkins Fellowship for Lymphoma – one of four fellowships in our clinical haematology department dedicated to finding new treatments and therapies for people living with blood disorders.