Featured Media Appearances


One Plus One


July 2019

A candid interview discussing Ranjana’s life experiences and how it has informed her approach to patient care and living well.



March 2017

Every day in Australia 360 people learn they have cancer. It goes without saying it's a very stressful time. Stress as a cause of cancer has not been convincingly proven but recently researchers have been looking at how stress drives the spread of an existing cancer from the original tumour.


The Conversation hour

774 ABC Radio Melbourne

25th July 2019

For this talkback forum on dying well Jon Faine is joined in the studio by Dr Ranjana Srivastava and Dr Heather Tan.

Ranjana is an oncologist, writer, and broadcaster. Her latest book is A Better Death: Conversations about the art of living and dying well.

Heather is manager of education and research at the Spiritual Health Association.



July 2019

There's much to celebrate in the history of Australian medicine and medical care – from the famous breakthrough in penicillin to the development of the Gardasil vaccine. Our Medicare model is the envy of many countries.

But have we become complacent? What are the pre-existing and emerging gaps in our system? And how might we adapt our healthcare and research models in line with changes in demography and technology?

In this Fifth Estate discussion, Gustav Nossal and Ranjana Srivastava join Sally Warhaft for a long, hard look at Australian healthcare today. Where do we need to direct our investment? Join us for a conversation about who’s getting adequate care, who’s missing out and what we can learn from care and research models overseas.

The art of Medicine

Fulbright TEDx Talk Melbourne

14th September 2017

What I learnt from my experience is that while the technical things matter, what matters most of all is the art of medicine. Ranjana Srivastava is an oncologist, award-winning author and columnist for The Guardian. She was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her work on doctor-patient communication.


August 2015

Panellists: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist & Science Communicator; Ranjana Srivastava, Oncologist and Author; Adam Spencer, Broadcaster and Maths Geek; and Beth Fulton, Mathematician and Marine Scientist, CSIRO. Our panel discussed: Adam Goodes & racism, bold missions, space exploration, alien life, sustainable oceans, climate modelling, cancer & pain, killer robots, women in STEM and 100 years into the future.


March 2016

Medical professionals and patients agree, on the whole, that our healthcare system should be compassionate and patient-focused - but whether we're meeting our own standards is a whole other question. In this discussion, we'll explore the idea of compassionate healthcare, and consider whether we're meeting the mark in Australia today.