Presidents report

Welcome to the Autumn Newsletter for 2022.

SE Queensland had a most extraordinary rain depression earlier this month, with 800ml of rain over 5 days. The River did not rise as high as the 1974 or 2011 flood, but the amount of rain was unusually exceptional and caused much damage to many low-lying areas where drains couldn’t cope, and many people were caught out. Our thoughts go out to the many communities, families, and businesses that have been affected and are struggling to cope at this time. I hope our rural friends have had a reasonable season over the summer. I do know that La Nina has not delivered to everyone in Queensland.

We are working on a 3-year strategic plan, and we will be concentrating on the next budget in the coming months. Our Treasurer Rebecca Otto is assisting with this process. The Goondiwindi sub-committee is funding a 0.2 position breast and prostate cancer care nurse. We have a 3-year agreement with Qld Health. Justine Gaynor accepted this role and will be undertaking a Prostate Cancer Course with La Trobe University in August this year. She has a few ideas of how to raise awareness of breast and prostate cancer in the community.

Jo Oughton, the breast care nurse from Emerald attended the 22nd Asia-Pacific Prostate Cancer Conference in Brisbane. She found the Conference extremely worthwhile and has written an article that features in this edition.

BPCAQ would like to thank the St Luke’s Anglican School in Bundaberg on raising an impressive $13,000 at their Annual Ladies’ Afternoon Tea. Terry McBean and his ‘Hackers on Saturday Team’ raised $11,000 from their HOST Christmas Charity Cup Day.

Finally, congratulations to our Vice Patron, Dr Marie Burke on receiving an OAM in the Australia Day Awards for services to medicine as an Oncologist. BPCAQ are extremely delighted and know this award is a well deserved recognition of Marie’s dedicated service to the care of patients!

Gina Fairfax