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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 caregivers in the Oncology and Infusion Centre at the Northern Beaches Hospital. We are a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. Donations $2 and above are 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 2023, 165,000 people were diagnosed with cancer - an average of 452 individuals every day

  • 51,000 people died from cancer in 2022 - 139 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 2023 were from cancer.

Why the Northern Beaches needs us

The major cancer presentations at Northern Beaches Hospital are:

  • Lung

  • Bowel

  • Breast

  • Prostate

Currently, patients treated at Northern Beaches Hospital do not have the same access to services as other cancer patients elsewhere. For example:

  • There is no Cancer 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 Oncology Pharmacist who specialises in preparing, dispensing, and monitoring the impact of prescribed treatments for individual patients. 

  • There is no organised community of cancer patients to learn from and talk with.

  • Our fundraising to date has helped:

    • establish a Wig Library at Northern Beaches Hospital​

    • employ a Clinical Trials Coordinator 

    • purchase essential equipment for the conduct of cancer clinical trials.​

Objectives
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Vision

Enhanced quality of life for people living with cancer in the Northern Beaches. 

Mission

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.

Coordinating Care

To support people living with cancer, families, GPs, Oncologists and Palliative Care providers via Cancer Care Coordinators at Northern Beaches Hospital.

Helping Professionals

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.

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Our Board

We are managed by a board of community volunteers comprising:

  • Nicolas Deloux
    Nicolas has worked in a variety of business management, fundraising, and development roles over the past two decades in the UK, Belgium, Uzbekistan, and Australia. He has also taught in France and Uzbekistan at secondary and tertiary education levels. He is a keen sailor, swimmer, surf lifesaver, and cyclist who lives on the Northern Beaches with his wife and two children. Nico has recently experienced the significance of cancer care by supporting his wife through treatment.
  • Lisa Gallate
    Lisa Gallate is a senior commercial litigator specialising in class actions and corporate insolvency, an author, and a mother of three children who has experienced the grief of the loss of loved ones to cancer. Lisa is also a volunteer grief counsellor. She believes that grief and other loss can be life-changing and that we can move forward and find purpose, love and happiness in our changed landscape.
  • Julian Henwood
    Julian lived on the Northern Beaches for 30 years since emigrating from the UK, but has moved recently to the Central Coast. Although he had to retire prematurely because of metastatic cancer, he maintains an active interest in medicines having trained as a pharmacologist, and with a PhD in pharmacology. He is passionate about evidence based medicine, gastronomy, wines, nature, outrigging and kayaking, giving, and of course being in the presence of good company. ​
  • Rob Juric (Treasurer)
    Before founding a boutique sports management business focusing solely on female footballers, Rob Juric had extensive experience with top-tier investment banks in Australia and the UK. A CPA with commerce and financial investment expertise, he was involved in corporate lending, risk management, and financial analysis. He has a long involvement in youth and school football on the Northern Beaches where he lives with his wife and two children. Rob’s daughter recently went through successful treatment of a rare cancer.
  • Elvis Maio
    Elvis is a Health Information Manager with over 15 years experience working in a government organisation and supporting community activities. Elvis has a background in data analytics and data quality improvement methods. He was actively involved with NSW's COVID response utilising experience in data analytics to support the NSW Government's response. He grew up on the Northern Beaches and remains a local with his wife and two young children.
  • Bonita Mersiades (Chair)
    Prior to running a publishing house on the Northern Beaches, Bonita had an executive career in strategic policy and program management roles in federal government working in Finance, Education and Health where, amongst other things, she was responsible for Australia's first National HIV/AIDS Strategy; and in strategic policy and communications roles in the not-for-profit health and sporting sectors. She has written three books. She has survived cancer twice. She was a member of the European Union's High Level Policy Group on Sports Governance from 2016-2021, and is founder of the Manly Writers' Festival. ​
  • Kevin Montier
    Kevin Montier is a real estate development professional and CPA with over 20 years' experience in leading the conversion, planning and delivery of large-scale master planned communities. He lives on the Northern Beaches with his wife and two adult children and enjoys keeping active and enjoying all that the area has to offer. Kevin is a recent prostate cancer survivor and along with his own experience, he has witnessed the loss of close family members to cancer.
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