About BEAT

Bladder Cancer About BEAT

Our Mission

We have 3 key pillars to our BEAT mission:

1

To increase community,
GP and health professional awareness and education

2

To provide support services to the bladder cancer community

3

To steer and advance bladder cancer research, diagnosis and treatment options

Our Founding BEAT Bladder Cancer Charity Team

Adam Lynch

President

Professor David Gillatt

Vice President & Patron

Tricia Rowlison

Secretary

Michael Lynch

Treasurer

Helen Pryor

Committee

Dr Kalli Spencer

Committee

Christine LaRose

Committee

Adam Lynch

President

(Business strategy, project management)

Adam supported Anna through her lost battle with bladder cancer and has taken on her legacy to raise awareness of the disease and carry the torch for her and other families whose lives have been touched by bladder cancer.

He has worked in Europe, North America and Australia over a 20-year career in driving business strategy, ‘turning strategy into execution’, and project management across both startups and corporate organisations.

Professor David Gillatt

Vice President and Patron

(Medical expertise, people network, industry influencer)

Professor David Gillatt is a leading prostate and bladder cancer surgeon, with more than 25 years experience performing over 2000 resections worldwide. 

Recognised as one of the world's foremost robotic surgeons, he currently holds the position of Director of medical services and Professor of Urological Oncology and Robotics at MQ Health/Macquarie University Hospital, Sydney. 

He brings leadership and valuable insights into medicine and is responsible for establishing the MQ Health Haematuria Clinic with the aim of fast tracking patients to see the urologist when symptoms of bladder cancer arise. 

He has also founded and chaired Action Bladder Cancer ABC UK and has an interest in cancer survivorship and patient support.  His previous roles include Clinical Director of Urology at Southmead Hospital; and Medical Director of the Bristol Urological Institute, where he established the Prostate Cancer Care and Research Centre.

Tricia Rowlison

Secretary

(GP awareness / education expertise, grant opportunities)

Tricia is an accomplished primary healthcare CEO, with a clinical background in mental health and community health education.

She has over 20 years’ experience working within Divisions of General Practice Network. She has held positions of CEO at the North West Slopes Division of General Practice, Senior Manager with the Alliance of NSW Divisions, and CEO GP Network Northside (GPNN).

She has a professional interest in early intervention, detection and prevention within primary healthcare.

Michael Lynch

Treasurer

(NFP and charity committee governance)

Michael is the Chairman of Huon Valley Financial Services Ltd, a publicly listed company that owns and operates four Bendigo Community Bank Branches in the Huon Valley in southern Tasmania.

He is also the President of the Tasmanian Conservation Trust – the oldest state-wide, non-government conservation organisation in the state.

Helen Pryor

Committee

(Community awareness / education expertise)

Helen has a Bachelor of Education and has worked in community education for over 30 years.

Much of this work has been with the non-government sector, developing and implementing community programs to facilitate energy efficiency in domestic and small business sectors.

She is an author and experienced at applying for grants, writing and editing brochures, developing interpretive signage, running workshops and conferences, managing websites and developing educational tools.

Dr. Kalli Spencer

Committee

(Urology and oncology expertise)

Kalli is a urological surgeon with a special interest in oncology. He is currently a Urology Fellow at Macquarie University Hospital mastering robotic surgery for the management of various urological cancers including bladder cancer.

He is a keen academic, completing a Masters Degree in Urology, publishing research papers as well as teaching students, interns and medical officers at the University.

He has a particular interest in health advocacy, raising awareness of cancer in the community through numerous public talks and radio presentations and is excited to move into the social media space with BEAT to spread the message to a much wider audience.

Christine LaRose

Committee

(Patient perspective)

Christine has a Bachelor degree of Applied Science and worked for many years as a Business Analyst and Project Manager.

Most recently she has been an expat in Japan, China and the Czech Republic. Whilst overseas, she spent time doing volunteer work for primary school children and charity groups, as well as caring for her family. She is also a bladder cancer survivor and brings a cancer patient’s perspective to the BEAT team.

Health Advisory Team

Professor David Gillatt

Urological Oncology & Robotics

Professor Manish Patel

Urological Oncology

Dr Patricia Bastick

Medical Oncology

Professor Simon Willcock

Clinical Director of Primary Care

Dr Kalli Spencer

Medical Fellow

Dr Kevin Wong

Dr Kevin Wong

General Practitioner

Kerrie Dunggan

Kerrie Duggan

Nurse Practitioner

 

Professor David Gillatt

Urological Oncology & Robotics

Professor David Gillatt is a leading prostate and bladder cancer surgeon, with more than 25 years experience performing over 2000 resections worldwide.

Recognised as one of the world's foremost robotic surgeons, he currently holds the position of Director of medical services and Professor of Urological Oncology and Robotics at MQ Health/Macquarie University Hospital, Sydney.

He brings leadership and valuable insights into medicine and is responsible for establishing the MQ Health Haematuria Clinic with the aim of fast tracking patients to see the urologist when symptoms of bladder cancer arise.

He has also founded and chaired Action Bladder Cancer ABC UK and has an interest in cancer survivorship and patient support.

His previous roles include Clinical Director of Urology at Southmead Hospital; and Medical Director of the Bristol Urological Institute, where he established the Prostate Cancer Care and Research Centre.

Professor Manish Patel

Urological Oncology

Professor Manish Patel is a urological oncologist working at Westmead Hospital and the University of Sydney and Macquarie University, Sydney Australia. After medical school he completed a Masters in cell biology followed by a fellowship in Urology from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He has subsequently completed a uro-oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York as well and has a PhD in novel therapies for prostate cancer.

Currently Professor Patel has a special clinical and research interest in Bladder and Prostate cancer.

His research program focuses on quality of life evaluations, oncological outcomes and clinical trials. The research program has won over $5 million in grant income, over 100 peer reviewed publications and 5 books and 8 book chapters.

Professor Patel is the Director of Research for the discipline of Surgery, University of Sydney
and also director of research for the department of surgery, Westmead Hospital. He leads the Urological cancer outcomes centre at Westmead Hospital and is also co ordinator of urology teaching at Sydney University.

Dr Patricia Bastick

Medical Oncology

Dr Patti Bastick is a consultant Medical Oncologist at St George and Sutherland Public hospitals, St George Oncology Associates and Southside Cancer Care Centre in Miranda. Her practice focuses on the treatment of breast and genitourinary cancers, including bladder, prostate, testis and kidney cancer.

Patti graduated with Honours from the University of Tasmania. She completed her physician training in the St George and Prince of Wales hospitals and qualified as Medical Oncologist in 2008.

A growing component of her work is with patients enrolled in clinical trials, being an investigator on many international clinical trials across both the public and private sectors. She is very involved in training and education of junior doctors and is currently the Supervisor of Oncology Trainees at St George Hospital.

She was previously a member of the Specialist Advisory Committee in Medical Oncology for the Royal Australian College of Physicians for 4 years, and the director of Prevocational Education and training for 3 years.

Patti is very passionate about patient education and feels privileged to be involved in her patients’ lives beyond their medical treatment. She understands how difficult a diagnosis of cancer can be, and that the impact can be huge on both the immediate family, but also extended family and friends. She aims to try and make this just a little easier by treating patients with compassion, shared decision making, and hopefully a few laughs together along the way.

Professor Simon Willcock

Clinical Director of Primary Care

Simon is a general practitioner and the Clinical Director of Primary Care at the Macquarie University Hospital. His education and research interests include the health of doctors, generational change in the medical workforce, men’s health and musculoskeletal medicine.

Simon trained as a rural procedural GP, and practiced in Inverell, NSW where his practice included obstetrics and anaesthetics. For the past twenty years he has worked in academic and clinical practice in Sydney and has had a number of educational leadership roles. He has supervised GP registrars since 1986.

Simon is currently the Chair of the Avant Mutual Group and a board member of the Sydney North Health Network, the NSW Doctors’ Health Advisory Service and a member of the NSW AMA Council of General Practice. He is also the Director of Primary care and Wellbeing Services at MQ Health.

Dr Kalli Spencer

Medical Fellow

Kalli is a urological surgeon with a special interest in oncology. He is currently a Urology Fellow at Macquarie University Hospital mastering robotic surgery for the management of various urological cancers including bladder cancer.

He is a keen academic, completing a Masters Degree in Urology, publishing research papers as well as teaching students, interns and medical officers at the University.

He has a particular interest in health advocacy, raising awareness of cancer in the community through numerous public talks and radio presentations and is excited to move into the social media space with BEAT to spread the message to a much wider audience.

Dr Kevin Wong

General Practitioner

Kevin is the Founder and Principal of West Lindfield Family Medical Practice and has been a General Practitioner for more than 25 years. He has served on NFP boards over the last 15 years and is currently the Chair of GP Network Northside and a board member of Primary and Community Care Services.

His background and experience enables him to bring an alternate viewpoint to the board through his work as a General Practitioner as well as his longstanding engagement with community services. Through his involvement with NFP boards and subcommittees, Kevin has developed a good understanding of community needs and strategic issues for organisations.

Kevin is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practice and a Fellow of AICD. He is a member of the AMA and a member of the Education Advisory Committee for Sydney North Primary Health Network (SNPNH).

Kerrie Duggan

Nurse Practitioner

Kerrie has been nursing for over 40 years in a variety of nursing positions. She has completed post graduate courses in Intensive Care, Midwifery and General Practice Nursing. She has completed a Bachelor of Education Degree and is an authorised nurse immuniser. In April, 2011 Kerrie became endorsed to practice as a nurse practitioner after completing a Masters in Nursing Science (Nurse Practitioner). She was one of the first nurse practitioners working in primary health care in Tasmania.

Kerrie is co-owner of Cygnet Family Practice in the beautiful Huon Valley, 1 hour south of Hobart. She leads a team who has a vision for a health care service that is kind, holistic, and provides the best possible health care in partnership with patients, team members, the local community and the environment.

Her focus and passion is on health promotion, identifying risk factors for developing cancer and chronic disease, and screening for early diagnosis of skin, breast, bowel, prostate, testicular, cervical and bladder cancer.

Website Purpose

When we started BEAT Bladder Cancer Australia Inc. we knew we needed to have a really engaging ‘face’ to our organisation. Somewhere that patients, carers, medical professionals and the general public could go to and feel informed, supported and inspired. 

First and foremost we wanted to stand for the patient and carers  - what do they need, and in what language and tone do they want it? These were the things that the community said was missing for them. 

We hope you find our website helpful through your bladder cancer journey. But we know we won’t have everything right from day one. So please feedback to us at info@beatbladdercanceraustralia.org.au if you have any suggestions. 

This website is for YOU, so it would be amazing for you to help shape what it needs to be to best help the bladder cancer community.

Our Business Plan

We have developed a clear and phased strategy for our bladder cancer charity. Our initial focus will be on increasing community AWARENESS and EDUCATION, as we want to increase early detection by encouraging people to see their GP if exhibiting symptoms.

This therefore helps reduce the number of people being diagnosed with advanced stage bladder cancer, and therefore needing further Support and Treatment. As a new bladder cancer charity, this is also a more effective way of directing our limited initial funding.