The Institute’s Founder & Director is Grace Gawler.
Grace Gawler DHM (dist) DBSc ATMS Mem IPOS, has over 4 decades experience in supportive care medicine for cancer patients working as a cancer navigator and patient advocate.
Grace is a rare synthesis of multiple cancer related disciplines. A deeply caring therapist with a deep understanding of modern oncologic treatments, including genomic diagnostic screening & testing, pharmaco-genomics, immune therapies and more. Leading oncologists around the world embrace working with her and appreciate her knowledge and thoroughness.
First hand experience seeking overseas treatment: Institute founder, Grace Gawler knows what it like to be a patient with a life-challenging condition who has fallen through gaps in the medical system. A paralysed rectum following a routine surgery in 1997 was to change her life drastically.
In 2002-03, with just one Australian physician supporting her decision to seek an experimental treatment developed in the Netherlands, (15 others did not support her decision); she left Australian to seek her recovery. Her experimental surgery involved a long stay in Rotterdam.
The procedure involved surgically implanting a bionic device and electrodes in her lower back and buttock; designed to mimic the nerve supply that had been lost. Not tried before for her condition, it was successful and a world first! The device still pulses at 6 volts 24-7 and is responsible for Grace getting her life back; ending years of colon surgeries and failing ileostomy procedures.
The battery operated device needs to be replaced approximately every 3-4 years. So far Grace has undergone 23 surgical procedure since 1997.
The procedure is now performed in Singapore but still not available in Australia.
The Global Health and Travel article (PDF below) features Grace & her surgeon, Dr Lim Jit Fong, discussing her surgery in Singapore- use magnifier to enlarge etc.Lim Jit and GG - Global Health and Travel_A Return to Normalcy_Pg 44-45
Grace on ‘Walking the Talk’ – “I have walked the path as a patient. Since 1997, I’ve had 22 colon surgeries – 6 overseas. Each gave me quality of life & longevity. I persisted despite doctors & natural therapists in Australia advising it would fail. I believe I’d be dead today if I had taken their advice”. Last surgery – Singapore, Sept 2014.