Newsletter Autumn 2017

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Christmas Dinner in July

autumn 2017 Christmas

Join our Brisbane committee for an 
exquisite celebration and fundraising event 
at the beautiful Hillstone St Lucia Rose Room for a Christmas Feast!
For more details click here.

Fundraising Initiatives


Gold Coast Luncheon

Edgewater Restaurant – Pretty In Pink 24th June 2016

Edgewater Restaurant on the gorgeous Gold Coast was the venue for a luncheon themed “Pretty In Pink”. We thank John and Sue O’Reilly, Michael Crouch and their large circle of friends and colleagues who organized and supported this wonderful event. Over $10,500 was raised. We are extremely grateful to all those who donated prizes including Jan Murphy Gallery, Spicers Belfour, Spicers Hidden Valley, Hilton Hotel, Judy Crosswell, Raw Strength & Conditioning, MacGregor O’Reilly Solicitors, Hope Island Resort. The Channel 7 News Team, the cast of Offspring, Kate and Hughies and all of the celebrities who signed bottles of wine that were auctioned on the day. 
We are extremely grateful to Edgewater Management and Staff for their amazing donation and for assisting our supporters and organizers in making the day a wonderful success.



The Breast and Prostate Cancer Association of Queensland is a volunteer managed charity organisation dedicated to improving breast and prostate cancer services to people living in rural and regional Queensland by providing grants for the education and placement of nurses, research grants, rural seminars and produce a Resource Directory of services and support available throughout Queensland. We also provide financial assistance grants for rural and regional patients for expenses relating to the treatment and travel costs.

In February 2012, the board successfully completed the process of registration of a new name, rules and logo to permit us to provide assistance for sufferers of prostate cancer as well as breast cancer. To reflect this our new name is 'Breast and Prostate Cancer Association of QLD Inc.' 

Our focus is primarily on cancer sufferers in rural and regional Queensland. The board is confident that the broadened role for the Association will commit us to continue our work in relation to breast cancer but also to make a valuable contribution to the cause for sufferers of prostate cancer.


Please contact our office if you would like to attend or nominate for a position on the Management Committee.

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1. To receive and consider the Management Committee Report and the Financial Statements for the year ending 30 June 2017

2. T receive and consider the Auditors Report upon the book and accounts for the financial year ending 30 June 2017.

3. To elect the Management Committee. All members of the present Management Committee retire in accordance with the rules of the Association, and being eligible, offer themselves for re-election.

4. To consider the appointment of Auditors

5. To transact any other business that may be brought forward in conformity with the rules of the Association.

Please notify the Secretary, Michael Crouch, if it is your intention to attend the meeting.

By order of the Management Committee

24 July 2017

Nominations Received as at 29th August 2017

President: Dr Marie-Frances Burke

Vice President: Mrs Sandy Cassidy

Treasurer: Mrs Jilanne Elliott

Secretary: Mr Michael Crouch

General Board Members: Mrs Gina Fairfax, Mr Tristan Tucker, Mrs Tracey Plumridge, Ms Zoe Walker, Mr Luke Anderson


Subcommittees and Volunteers Representing BPCAQ:

Barcaldine/Longreach; Westn' Breast Support Group - Heather Morton
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Blackbutt/Brisbane Valley District - Nick & Loraine Aniftos   
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Fraser Coast - Penny Kilner and Pammie Ellem

Chinchilla - Joanna Embry   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Emerald - Tiffany Pulford   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Goondiwindi - Gloria Cory   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Mitchell - Jenny Hockey   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

St George - Emily Martin   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Toowoomba - Jayne Gentry   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Yeppoon - Anne Shepherd   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All our board members and subcommittee members are volunteers. Our association employs just one part-time office administrator, Tracey Plumridge, who is available at the office on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:30am - 3:00pm.


Coping with cancer and dealing with the challenging treatment paths can be an exhausting and emotional journey for the bravest of patients, this is even more challenging for those living outside of a major city where services and support are not always available.  The mission of the Breast & Prostate Cancer Assoc. of Qld Inc is to deliver essential services to patients across rural and regional Queensland.


** Patient assistance grants - for patients living in rural and regional Queensland we provide financial help with the cost of emergency general expenses, travel and treatment to ease the burden of having to travel large distances and be away from their families. Last financial year we provided over $64,000 to 95 patients. All applications are assessed by the local breast/ prostate or cancer care nurse and is for emergency financial relief. The nurses provide support and information about a range of services available to the patient.


**Breast Care Nurses  - we would like to establish a nurse for the Goondiwindi district and need to raise $100,000 to support a 3 year program. We have established nurses in the following districts: Emerald, St George, Rockhampton, Hervey Bay, Charleville, Mitchell and Longreach.


**Prostate Care Nurses – we are funding Joann Oughton in Emerald


** Nurse further education - we offer scholarships to nurses wishing to specialize in this area, plus provide funding for special conferences and seminars


**Research - we currently funding a PhD study to improve support mechanisms for breast care nurses in a rural setting, being conducted by Pammie Ellem. (2000 nurse of the year). This project has provided much needed professional support for many breast care nurses working in isolated towns across Queensland.


**Annual Community Seminars - each year we host a community health seminar where we organise specialists to give talks on a variety of topics, this year we will be visiting Barcaldine on Saturday 26th August - $15 includes morning tea and lunch. The seminar runs from 9am to 4pm. We have speakers from Brisbane, Rockhampton and Barcaldine providing information on the latest treatment, services and support. Debra Taylor from Spirit of Life Boutique will have a display of beautiful garments and prostheses options. Everyone is welcome!


** Information - we provide a Services and Resources Directory that lists all the support groups, breast care nurses, breast screen clinics and other services specific for breast cancer throughout Queensland


**Volunteer Sub-committees and support groups – Blackbutt, Chinchilla, Miles, Toowoomba, St George, Emerald, Mitchell, Goondiwindi, Rockhampton, Central West – Westn Breast Support Group, provide support and conduct fundraisers to encourage community awareness. Generally a committee might host an annual event or organize raffles, morning tea etc to help raise awareness in the community and donations recieved fund services for their district, strengthening communities.

In summary; BPCAQ is an important organization because through funding specialist nurses, we are able to provide support and education in many isolated areas.  Through research we can improve outcomes for people suffering from breast and prostate cancer.  Through information we can encourage early screening and detection. Through patient financial assistance grants we can directly help patients with the costs associated with travel and treatment at a ground roots level.  Through sub-committees and support groups we can encourage community support for patients.


We appreciate your support and donations that will assist us in the delivery of these essential services.


Rural Nurses interested in undertaking further studies in Breast Cancer via Distance Education, are encouraged to send an expression of interest to our office, scholarships are available to do a single unit via La Trobe University.



RITCHIES IGA'S - COMMUNITY BENEFITS PROGRAM - The Ritchies Benefit Card or Key Tag and be used at any Ritchies IGA's - Queensland; Boonah, Daisy Hill and Logan City. Check the Ritchies website for other stores around Australia. RITCHIES donates a percentage of your purchases to BPCAQ.  BPCAQ has received over $10,000 since 2008 when the program began! Please help Ritchies support BPCAQ and register with the Community Benefits Program at the store near you!



Resources and Services Directories now available for download.
Prostate directory
Breast directory

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