Governance

Brain Cancer without Borders Project website and cancer navigation services are maintained by the Grace Gawler Institute (GGI).?

Brain Cancer without Borders (BCWB) is a registered subsidiary of the Grace Gawler Institute and shares the same ABN.

The service aims to…

*Transform the experience of people with brain cancer as they attempt to navigate the complex cancer maze…
*Navigate and support patients to access national & international networks of expert doctors and researchers.
*Educate patients about minimally invasive and targeted innovative treatments.
*Introduce patients to the importance of genomic testing to assist with targeting specific treatments.

The Grace Gawler Institute for Integrated Cancer Solutions (GGI) – is an independent not-for-profit health promotion charity whose sole purpose is to benefit the lives of cancer patients via comprehensive cancer navigation & education services. See GGI Website here.

The GGI is based in Queensland, Australia – ABN: 71 146 457 874

Mission: BCWB aligns with the GGI Cancer Navigation Philosophy

  1. Via GGI helping Patients to Safely navigate the complex cancer maze.
  2. Via BCWB helping Patients to Safely navigate the brain Cancer maze.

The Institute?

  • GGI operates as a separate entity with a different service delivery and philosophy to Grace’s former Gawler Foundation in Victoria. (formerly Australia Cancer Patients Foundation founded in the early 1980s.
  • Founded in 2010, GGI has an established track record and is based on Grace Gawler’s 45 years experience working with cancer patients.
  • Provides service to national and international cancer patients.
  • Has expertise in local and overseas referrals.

Structure:

The GGI is a registered not for profit Health Promotion Charity with DGR Status. Registered with ASIC & bound by the rules of the Australian National Charities Commission, to whom we are responsible for accurate financial reporting/submissions.

  • Three directors ? Grace Gawler, Pip Cornall, Jeff Hutner
  • 2 to 5 volunteers
  • GGI Annual Income approx $120 -140,000 – donation dependent

About the Directors:

Grace Gawler is the former co-founder of the Gawler Foundation, Melbourne Cancer Support Group and the Yarra Valley Living Centre at Yarra Junction, Victoria. (1980s)

She left the organisation in 1996.?Grace has always had strong liaisons with the medical profession ? promoting a best of both worlds approach.

She resigned from the Gawler foundation due to changes in the organisation’s philosophy and practices that diverted from her original founding principles.

Grace is now co-founder and director of the Grace Gawler Institute. She is also therapeutic and research director.

Grace responds personally to all patient inquiries, consults with patients and their families and is also an author, presenter, social commentator on cancer issues.

Grace hosts our podcasts, conducting interviews with leading cancer researchers, doctors and inspiring patients.

Pip (Philip) Cornall is a director, co-founder and public officer of the Institute and is responsible for reporting to ACNC (Australian National Charities Commission), ATO/ASIC. Pip?s role includes web development, cyber security, social media, media creation, workshops, presentations and more. Pip has a background in juvenile justice and mediation. He taught conflict resolution in Oregon schools, was a mediator in the Oregon court system. In 2002, he conducted a week long course culminating in a ‘clear the air’ mediation with a high ranking Australian Olympic team.?Pip is leader of the Prostate Mates Project and the Cancer Survivor Ship events.

Jeff Hutner, USA born ex Wall Street experienced trader; now resident in Tasmania also has the role of independent 3rd party adviser ? not connected with day to running of the GGI.

Directors Wages:

Grace and Pip take very modest wages for service ? Jeff Hutner takes no fee as the independent Director. The financials are updated regularly and transparency is priority.
Financials can be viewed by members and open for public scrutiny on request.

Funding & Finances:

The GGI outsources bookkeeping. We present financials to the ATO and ACNC each year.

Funding is sourced from:

  • Patient consultation fees
  • Private grants, bequests and donations
  • Sales from books and e-books
  • Events

All proceeds raised from BCWB events are dedicated to that cause.

Legal – Philanthropic Law Advisor

The GGI also has open access to the Pro Bono services of Australia?s most qualified Philanthropic Lawyer, Dr Robert Kelley, B.A., J.D., LL.M.,?Dip. FP Centre for Philanthropy, Perth Western Australia.? Robert advises GGI as necessary on issues that arise as a result of being a NFP organisation.

A former Washington-based Lawyer, Robert moved to Perth, Western Australia in 1998, after being hired by Merrill Lynch as its first Financial Planner in Australia.?Rob established the Centre for Philanthropy in 2001. Rob took his outside the box thinking and experience as a former tax lawyer and investment adviser to develop the Centre to being the leader in the not-for-profit and deductible gift recipient sector. He is an adviser to the ATO and works with Australian government agencies and a large number of charitable bodies.

Adviser?for Business and Day To Day Ethical Issues that Arise:

ETHICS ADVISER: Professor Julie Crews ? Edith Cowan University ? advises and is proactive in the ethical issues that arise both in the business running within the GGI as well as the ethics of involved with patients who are misled by fraudulent cancer entrepreneurs and internet misinformation. Julie is also gives her time on a Pro Bono basis.

MEDICAL?ADVISERS

Where necessary, GGI has access to a number of specialist oncologists and other experts in medical and scientific research should opinions be required re medical and patient ethics.

Volunteers: 2020 changed due to Covid-19

We look forward to resuming our normal volunteer arrangements in the future.

Our usual practice is to call on a group of volunteers for assistance with events or day to day office work. We aim to keep overheads including staff overheads to a minimum.

Charitable Services:

  • Free informational podcasts at Navigating the Cancer Maze Australia ? interviews with Cancer researchers, innovative cancer clinicians, inspiring patients, and discussions about the latest treatments and protocols for cancer patients.
  • Captain Pip and the Survivor Ship ? educational events held at yacht clubs and venues with water access so the Survivor Ship (our promotional vessel and marine billboard)? can be on display. Informational presentations by Grace Gawler followed by a Q & A Session. Currently suspended due to Covid-19.
  • Alternative medicine rescue ? gently nursing patients back into the medical system after experimenting with alternative medicines.
  • Patient Advocacy -? building patient morale, stress reduction, resilience. Hospital visits currently suspended due to Covid-19.
  • Cancer education via websites, blogs, newsletters and videos.
  • Concessional or free consultations for patients who are financially challenged
  • Due to Covid-19, GGI is developing further services via webinars and other ‘virtual’ methods.