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Niara Oliveira decided to become an Oncologist during her uni studies. She loves the relationship developed with cancer patients and finds it rewarding to be part of their lives.

“My job is about making life easier for my patients, allowing them to spend quality time with family and friends, and making them understand that a diagnosis of cancer is not the end, Niara said.

Niara has been working at Mater for over four years and is hoping to develop a survivorship clinic for cancer patients.

As Niara explains, a new survivorship clinic would equip patients with information about their cancer, treatment summary and tips to develop healthy habits after cancer.

“The ultimate goal is to create a Wellness Centre where patients can access a range of services including art therapy, music therapy, nutrition support, fatigue management, counselling and support groups.

Niara’s passion for helping cancer patients has driven her to want to do more, and when she heard about Smiling for Smiddy she decided to get involved.

Last year, Niara completed her first triathlon in addition to the three-day Midi-Smiddy cycling challenge event and is keen to remain part of the Smiling for Smiddy Tri Team.

Niara says the friendly and supportive environment she experienced when she decided to try a new sport with Smiling for Smiddy has ignited her passion to remain involved with the Smiddy community.

Niara has met friends and partners of the Smiddy community who, just like her, have wanted to get involved in a Smiling for Smiddy event but felt in the past that the challenges offered were too daunting.

“I’ve always wondered whether I could do a triathlon. Turns out I can and I’ve done it! The feeling when I finished my first triathlon was so good that I got addicted.

“A triathlon is for everyone and all you need is to give it a go.

Smiling for Smiddy has launched a new program for beginner triathletes, so if you know someone who is thinking about doing their first triathlon, the Smiling for Smiddy Tri Team is a great way for them to get involved.

Registrations will be opening soon. For further information call 1800 440 155.

The Mater Foundation is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission ABN 96723184640.