Presidents report

We are mindful that in these unprecedented times and until the COVID-19 pandemic has been eradicated, life will be difficult for everyone. Those being treated for cancer will be particularly vulnerable. Please use your technology to keep in touch with all of your loved ones who you may not be able to physically visit. Follow instructions from the Government and Health Authorities as they are given. This will help slow the transmission rates, keeping our most vulnerable love ones safe and staying well.

Our subcommittee volunteers are situated in rural, regional and remote Queensland. Through their community involvement they are proactive in supporting patients in their own district by fundraising for financial assistance grants and in some districts, putting together patient pamper packs and funding nurses. It truly is an important service, and we are very grateful to all of those individuals and our supporters.

We have included some information about each of the towns where we have volunteers and subcommittees. Please consider visiting these towns after travel restrictions have been lifted or for your next vacation. We do have a such glorious State!

The BPCAQ is pleased to announce new members for our Brisbane committee. We welcome Mrs Dinie McConnel, Mr Sydney Williams QC and Dr Chris Pyke. We look forward to their contribution and input towards the management of the association.

The Brisbane office has recently relocated. We are now located at 292 Water Street, Fortitude Valley.

The Board is pleased to announce that following our seminar in Mackay last year, we applied for a community seeding grant from QCoal Foundation to assist us in establishing a patient grants and nurse education fund. In February QCoal very generously awarded us a $15,000 grant and we are thrilled to announce that we can now provide services to the Mackay and Bowen Basin region. Our goal is to identify volunteers and supporters in the region who will help us to establish a subcommittee so that we can grow our services there permanently.

We have also been exploring the investment of funds into a Prostate Cancer research project. A number of our board members attended a QUT Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation lab tour in February.

We would like to thank and acknowledge our generous supporters, we simply could not provide our services without your help and donations. Our work is ongoing and requests for our services grow each year and we are certainly going to be called upon to help people through this difficult time. If you can donate, no matter how small, we would greatly appreciate your support!

Dr Marie Burke