Newsletter Spring 2018

newsletter Spring 2018

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2018 09 Christmas luncheon

25th Anniversary Christmas Luncheon

Date: Friday 9th November

Time: 12pm – 3pm

RSVP by 11th October
via Email: [email protected]

President’s Report

Presidents report

2018 marks 25 years since the formation of our Association I would like to share a brief history of how BPCAQ began.

The Inaugural Meeting of the Steering Committee was held on Monday 13th December 1993. Throughout 1993 correspondence between the Hancock Family Breast Cancer Foundation Chairman, Gina Rinehart, and the founding members reveal the vision and purpose of establishing a charitable organization in Queensland.

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The Blackbutt Seminar has been canceled due to insufficient registrations.  We are extremely disappointed not to be able to go ahead as planned on Saturday 22nd September 2018. Please contact our office if you would like more information.


AGM Notice - The Annual General Meeting of the Management Committee of the Breast & Prostate Cancer Assn of Qld Inc will be held on Tuesday 2nd October 2018 in the Meeting Room at Level 1, 337 Water Street, Fortitude Valley Qld 4006.


1. To receive and consider the Management Committee's report and the Financial statements for the year ended 30th June 2018

2. To receive and consider the Auditor's Report upone the book and accounts for the financial year ended 30th June 2018

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, nominate themselves for re-election.

4. To consider the appointment of Auditors for new finanical  year

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 and or be nominated for a Management Committee position.  Please note that Finanical Members of the Association may attend, nominate and vote at the AGM.

By order of the Management Committee

Michael Crouch

Secretary  Email; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1st August 2018


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.

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 established Joann Oughton in Emerald and previously funded a nurse in the Fraser Coast district

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

**Research - we completed 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 Blackbutt on Saturday 22nd September 2018 - $15 includes morning tea and lunch. The seminar runs from 9am to 4pm. We have speakers from Toowoomba and Brisbane, providing information on the latest treatment, services and support. 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