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Advisory Committee

President – Leonie Young
Leonie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 when she was 32 years old. Since her diagnosis she has been involved with many aspects of breast cancer advocacy and support with both national and international breast cancer organisations. Her involvement now also includes organisations concerned with other cancers. 

In particular, she is Chair of CanSpeak QLD and a member of the interim Board of CanSpeak Australia.  She is also a member of the consumer advisory groups of the Australian New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group (current Chair), Cancer Australia, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  Since her diagnosis she has been a breast cancer support service volunteer with the Cancer Council Queensland.

Leonie is the Peer Support Coordinator for the Wesley Hospital Kim Walters Choices Program in Brisbane, which offers support and information to women, men and their families who are affected by breast and gynaecological cancers.

Secretary – Aurilea Augustine
Aurilea was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991. It was a turning point in her life and she values the opportunities that have opened up for her since her diagnosis. Through her volunteering with the Cancer Council Queensland Aurilea works in the areas of peer support, fundraising and through the Rockhampton Cancer Council Branch. She assists with the Women’s Cancer Support Group and enjoys her role as a Consumer Representative on the Steering Committee for the Regional Cancer Care Facility at the Rockhampton Hospital. Aurilea is actively involved in the South Rockhampton Uniting Church family.

She enjoys volunteering with CanSpeak QLD and believes it serves an important role to assist those touched by cancer.

 Lance Brooks
Lance Brooks' involvement with CanSpeak QLD came about after his own battle with Ewings Sarcoma (pPNET) during his early twenties. Looking for an opportunity to work not only with those impacted by cancer directly, but with the wider health community in general, Lance identified CanSpeak QLD as providing the perfect opportunity to do just that!

Always eager to put his hand up for any job, Lance has been able to build upon his experience as a regulatory economist, joining various committees and research papers working as a consumer representative. Lance holds a Master in Business (Applied Finance) and Bachelor degrees in both Economics and Commerce.

Dan Kent
After losing a daughter to breast cancer metastases in 2002, Dan was diagnosed with rectal cancer in 2005. He is retired and lives in Bundaberg and prior to early retirement in 2002 was an executive with Bundaberg Sugar Ltd. Besides enjoying his role on the CanSpeak QLD Advisory Committee, Dan also has an active role in local health matters through his involvement as the Consumer member on the Wide Bay Health and Hospital Service Cancer Care Service, a member of the Bundaberg and District Cancer Support Group for Men and Women and as a Cancer Council Qld Hospital Based Volunteer. Dan is also a member of Health Consumers Queensland. At the national level Dan is chair of the Consumer Advisory Panel of the GI Cancer Institute and the Australian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group, a member of the COSA Cancer Trials Consumer Network, and one of two Consumer representatives on the Cancer Australia Inter Collegiate Advisory Group.

Wanda Lawson
A founding member of CanSpeak QLD, Wanda Lawson is an advocate from way back, with her original involvement being in the women’s rights movement in the early 1980’s. When diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 2004, she decided to dust off old skills and re-engage as an advocate. A keen artist and exerciser (Ice climbing in Alaska 6 months after finishing Chemotherapy), she was involved in expanding the breast cancer exercise program, offered through the Kim Walters Choices program to include women with gynaecological cancers. Wanda is also a CCC representative for ANZGOG.

Some of her CanSpeak QLD input to date has been to a provide consumer feedback to EdCan in the development of a Specialist Cancer Nurse Curriculum and to provide a response the CHF eHealth Survey. She was also the editor of SHOUT, our newsletter for several years.

Outside of CanSpeak QLD; Wanda has her own small company and is a senior business consultant, working in the field of business process.

Danielle Tindle
Danielle is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology. Her PhD research focused on the cancer survivorship experiences of young adults in Australia, England and the United States. This cross-cultural study explored how meaning and self-concept develop following a cancer diagnosis and what this means for quality of life in adulthood.

Danielle has been an active member of CanSpeak QLD since 2008. As a long-term survivor, Danielle has extensive experience advocating for young cancer patients and people with rare cancers. In both professional and consumer advocacy roles, she is involved with a number of national and international organisations and committees. Danielle's previous employment included her role as the Senior Project Officer for Youth Cancer Services based at the former Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane. Her work focused on the research and development of a statewide model of specialised adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer care. Previous to this, Danielle initiated a national education and support program for young adults affected by blood cancer as Project Officer at the Leukaemia Foundation.

Danielle also holds a Masters of International Studies (University of Sydney), a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Philosophy (University of Queensland) and postgraduate qualifications in Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Care (Coventry University, UK).

Hector Garrick
Hec was Senior Architectural Draftsman for many years and holds a Masters Degree in Economics - Town and Regional Planning.  Whilst living in Townsville in the 1980s he was Chairman of the Liberal Party and a candidate in State elections.  He was also employed at the James Cook University for twenty years in the Buildings and Ground Division in a senior position encompassing all aspects of the University’s building construction program. Hec has been a member of Rotary for over 28 years, is a Paul Harris Fellow and was District Governor for the Central Queensland Division District 9570 in 2003-2004.

The death of his eldest son due to melanoma over four years ago and his own fight with prostate cancer, encouraged him to join the Cancer Council where he has been an active member for over six years and more recently, to join CanSpeak QLD.

Hec is actively involved in several community organizations, does part time consultancy and in his spare time enjoys carpentry, gardening, restoring furniture, and making radio controlled planes and boats.  Together with his wife Rosemary, who is a keen Genealogist, they take every opportunity to tour Australia in their caravan with their toy poodle Gina.

Gary Power
Gary was diagnosed with and treated for metastatic skin cancer in 2006 -2007, undergoing chemo and radiation therapy to the head and neck. His treatment and recovery were characterised by wonderful support from those in the cancer care environment, as well as his family and friends. He is motivated in his Cancer Advocacy, Cancer Connect, "c-vivor" and Head and Neck Support Group activities by the desire to influence the development of measures leading to positive outcomes for cancer sufferers and their teams.

Gary is a solicitor of some 25 years mostly with the Australian Government. He believes his understanding of the workings of government can contribute to the important advocacy work undertaken by CanSpeak QLD and its affiliates. Gary is married to the most wonderful one-time carer and they have three teenage sons of whom they are very proud, but with whom they are unable to keep up! He is a keen cyclist; alas, with whom no-one seems to have difficulty keeping up.

 Josie Dietrich
Josie was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2009, four years after her mother’s death from the same disease. This experience galvanised her commitment to support others going through cancer treatment. She joined CanSpeak QLD in 2010 and currently sits on the Metro North Hospital and Health Service, Community Board Advisory Group (CBAG). CBAG influences Metro North HHS strategy, planning and implementation and works to continuously improve consumer engagement activities.

Josie and her team ‘Breast Friends For a Cure’ have raised over $120K for the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. Outside of raising money for breast cancer research Josie contributes her story and perspective to breast cancer networks’ newsletters, has appeared on the front page of The Australian advocating for Medicare funding of cancer support for young women and has appeared in other media events such as radio, in local newspapers and on the Today show.