The Grace Gawler Institute for Integrated Cancer Solutions (GGI) is an independent not-for-profit health promotion charity with deductible gift status (DGR).
The Institute’s sole purpose is to benefit the lives of cancer patients via comprehensive cancer navigation, support & education services.
GGI is based in Queensland, Australia – ABN: 71 146 457 874.
Mission: to help patients safely navigate the complex cancer maze.
Longevity of the GGI:
We are well aware of the need to train future cancer navigators ensuring the longevity of the Institute. We have a 2-year & 5-year business plan, beginning 2017, which includes…
- Re-establishing the College of Supportive Care Medicine (originally founded in 2004). The College will train retired or interested health professionals, for example nurses & other para-medicals to work with cancer patients following the navigation model established by the GGI. The name was registered in late 2019.
- Recognising the need to extend services we plan to establish a branch in Southern Australia, most likely Tasmania.
- A new service dedicated to brain cancer patients has been established. Brain Cancer without Borders is a subsidiary of the GGI sharing an ABN. The same DGR Status applies to this new entity. For further information – click here
- Operates as a separate entity – with a different philosophy to Grace’s former Gawler Foundation in Victoria.
- Founded in 2010, has an established track record. Grace Gawler has 45 years experience working with cancer patients.
- Provides service to national and international cancer patients.
- Has developed special expertise in local and overseas referrals.
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.
Our charity is registered and compliant with the ACNC
- Three directors – Grace Gawler, Pip Cornall, Jeff Hutner
- 2 to 5 volunteers
- Annual Income usually between $100,000 – $140,000
- Most income derived from fee for service and product sales, a small portion comes from donations and grants.
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.
She left the Charity in 1996 due the organisation’s change in direction that diverted from the (her) original founding principles.
Grace is co-founder of the Grace Gawler Institute, director, therapeutic and research director. Grace responds to all patient inquiries, consults with patients and their families and is also an author, presenter, social cancer commentator. Grace hosts our podcasts, conducting interviews with leading cancer researchers, doctors and inspiring patients. Read More about Grace
Pip 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, male health workshops, presentations and more.
Pip is also leader of the Prostate Mates Project, the Cancer Survivor Ship events and provides support for men and boys.
Read More about Pip
Jeff Hutner is our third director. Jeff is USA born, former Wall Street investment professional, and previous board member of Nutiva, (a $100 million super-foods company).
Background: Jeff’s Wall Street work included sales, research and investment banking. He helped raise money for Earth Child, the country’s first organic baby food company and Aspen Systems, a legal data base provider. As an entrepreneur and marketer in the 70’s and 80’s, he brought “indoor-skydiving” to the U.S. and natural foods to movie theatres.
Now a resident of Tasmania, Jeff is a regular 3rd party advisor to the GGI but is not connected with day to running of the GGI.
Notably: Jeff became interested in Grace Gawler’s work when a friend in Australia recovered from cancer with Grace’s help. Jeff’s friend was so grateful that he helped with expenses when we established the Grace Gawler Institute in 2010.
Grace contributes at least 60 hrs/wk and Pip about 40 hours. Both take minimal wages for service. Jeff Hutner takes no fee as the independent director.
The financials are meticulously updated regularly and transparency is a priority. Financials can be viewed by members and open for public scrutiny on request.
Funding & Finances:
All financial records are updated monthly with an independent bookkeeper.
Funding is sourced from:
- Patient consultation and navigation plan fees (30% subsidised from the charity)
- Private grants, bequests and donations
- Sales from botanical products, books and e-books
Legal – Philanthropic Law Adviser
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 advisor to the ATO and works with Australian government agencies and a large number of charitable bodies.
Advisory for Business and Day To Day Ethical Issues that Arise:
Professor Julie Crews: Edith Cowan University. Julie 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.
Where necessary, GGI has access to a large number of specialist oncologists and other experts in medical and scientific research (in Australia and overseas) should opinions be required re medical and patient ethics.
When required – The GGI can call on a small group of volunteers for assistance with events or day to day work. We aim to keep overheads,including staff overheads, to a minimum – so that we function best as a Charity whose sole purpose exists FOR CANCER PATIENTS.
Conflict of Interest Policy:
The GGI policy helps the GGI directors to effectively identify, disclose and manage any actual, potential or perceived conflicts of interest in order to protect the integrity of GGI and manage conflict of interest risk. Read More
- Fee for services are subsidised by the charity from between 10-40% for consultations and navigation plans.
- 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.
- Alternative medicine rescue – gently nursing patients back into the medical system after experimenting with alternative medicines.
- Hospital visits supporting patients, building morale, stress reduction
- Cancer education via websites, blogs, newsletters and videos.
- Concessional or free consultations for patients who are financially challenged