What We Are
Northern Beaches Community Cancer Care Incorporated is a community-based charity that was established in 2020 to support the care of people living with cancer in the Northern Beaches region, working in conjunction with professional care-givers at the Northern Beaches Hospital. We are a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, and all donations to us are fully tax deductible.
What We Do
We conduct fundraising activities involving the Northern Beaches community that connect patients, medical and allied health professionals associated with the Northern Beaches Hospital and the community, for the benefit of people living with cancer.
Why We Do It
Cancer doesn't discriminate.
In 2020, 145,000 people were diagnosed with cancer - 1 new diagnosis approximately every 4 minutes.
48,000 people are estimated to die from cancer in 2020 - 131 deaths every day.
1 in 9 hospitalisations is due to cancer.
1 in 4 men, and 1 in 6 women will die from cancer by the age of 85.
3 in every 10 deaths in Australia in 2016 were from cancer.
Why the Northern Beaches needs this
The major cancer presentations at Northern Beaches Hospital are:
Currently, patients treated at Northern Beaches Hospital do not have the same access to services as other cancer patients elsewhere. For example:
Along with others, such as the NSW Cancer Council, our early fundraising has helped establish a Wig Library at Northern Beaches Hospital.
There is no care coordinator to coordinate patient care between medical and Radiation Oncologists, General Practitioners, allied health professionals (such as physiotherapists, nutritionists, exercise physiologists etcetera).
There is no organised community of cancer patients to learn from and talk with.
Even though many of the treating specialists are involved with cutting-edge cancer research via clinical trials elsewhere, participation in clinical trials is not available to Northern Beaches Hospital patients unless they travel elsewhere.
Patients with certain cancer types are forced to travel to hospitals elsewhere in Sydney in order to access certain equipment.
Enhanced quality of life for people living with cancer in the Northern Beaches.
Our mission is to provide funding to meet the priority needs of people living with cancer who are receiving care via the Oncology Unit of the Northern Beaches Hospital.
Supporting People Living with Cancer
To facilitate community support for people living with cancer and their families as and when required.
To support people living with cancer, families, GPs, Oncologists and Palliative Care providers via Cancer Care Coordinators at Northern Beaches Hospital.
To assist with equipment to support cancer care specialists at Northern Beaches Hospital provide optimal care for people living with cancer.
Helping the Community
To facilitate the participation of patients at Northern Beaches Hospital in clinical trials.
We are managed by a board of community volunteers comprising:
Bonita Mersiades (Chair)
John Havas (Treasurer)
John is a CPA and registered tax agent who has had extensive experience in public practice in a mid-tier accounting firm, as a non-executive director in the technology sector, and as a tertiary educator in accounting, taxation law and financial management. He has previously been on the Board of Courage to Care and is a mentor/advisor to a First Nations accounting practice, as well as being a reviewer of accreditation for the CPA. He has suffered the loss of close family members to cancer.