Karen Ong

Say hello to KarenShe's our Clinical Director

What are your specialities/qualifications?

I am a Nurse Clinician with qualifications in Oncology, Primary Skin Cancer Medicine, and Dermoscopy.

When did you join the Spotty Team?

I co-founded Spotscreen with my son Andrew in 2011. He had lost a school friend to melanoma who was only 27 and newly married when he died. I had already lost my brother (his Uncle) in 2006 which was an extremely tough period. My own Uncle also died from melanoma, so I experienced first-hand the real impact this has on families, friends and workmates.

We identified that this area of health was highly under-serviced in the community, however, due to the large number of people who were going undiagnosed with dangerous cancers, we wanted to get into the community and make a real and significant difference in dropping the death rates.

What does being a part of the Spotscreen team bring to your life?

Spotscreen is more than a ‘business’ to me, and I see the team as family. I’m blessed to have a great team of lovely people who all work together to achieve the same goals, which is; saving and enhancing the lives of Australians.

One benefit of this is that it enables us to treat our clients and patients as valuable family members. We all strive to ensure our services are to the same level of care that we would expect our own family members to receive.

I love the fact that each of us is an important cog in the wheel that drives Spotscreen forward. It means we get to work together and all share the successes. When we were announced the Australian Small Business Champion award for Professional Medical Services, it was like winning the grand final because it was a great recognition of all of the hard work and total dedication of each member of the team. That was a very special moment for me.

Who is your favourite icon or role model?

My greatest female influences from childhood have definitely been Madame Marie Curie, Dame Margot Fonteyn, and Florence Nightingale. The Author Katherine Gaskin and Enid Blyton (of course) were also a large part of my childhood.

Now, when I look back at these women, I found them all very strong, dedicated and passionate about their chosen fields. Not only that – they all made a significant contribution to their chosen fields, and used their strength to overcome the prejudices and to make a difference in the world. And this is something I strive to achieve.

Florence Nightingale was the primary founder of modern disease prevention in hospitals, having discovered that more men died from diseases caught in hospital than on the battlefield drove her to fight for dramatic changes to the way that medicine was practiced. Being a male dominated medical world where women were seen as subservient, this was a phenomenal achievement.

I see a lot of myself in that in the respect of I am always questioning the status quo, passionate about my patients and fighting for patient rights in health care.

What activities do you like to do in your down time?

My “other life” and absolute passion is the research and investigation of alternative science. That ranges from ancient or lost civilisations and technologies; alternative human history, and evolution, Exopolitcs, The Disclosure Project, Advanced Aerial Phenomena and Technologies, Crop Formations, alternative health – the list is endless.

My research has led me to present to audiences throughout Australia and the United States, and I’ve been invited back to Nevada again this year to present.

The absolutely beauty of researching this field is forming lifelong friendships and relationships with incredible, interesting and incredibly intelligent people from all walks of life from all around the world.

It’s been an over twenty-year journey of discovery and I continue to love every second of it.

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