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BCNA News 28 Oct 2016

BCNA Founder awarded Woman of Influence

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) founder Lyn Swinburne took out The Australian Financial Review & Westpac 100 Women of Influence award in Sydney last night in the Social Enterprise and Not-for-Profit category.

Lyn Swinburne was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993. As a result of her experiences, she became a committed advocate on behalf of people with breast cancer and their families, including establishing BCNA in 1998. BCNA was born from Lyn's personal frustration of a system that was meant to work for her. The medical system looked at her tumour, its size and dimensions and not the person and her situation. She asked "What about the women who don't speak English, women from rural and remote areas or women without a strong support network?"

Unfortunately, Lyn was overseas at the time of the ceremony, but she trumped nine other contenders for the award. Held in Sydney Town Hall, there were 800 people that attended the black tie event.

A passionate advocate for consumer input, Lyn has represented people affected by cancer on a number of state, national and international committees. In 1998, she was appointed a Director of the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre (NBOCC), a position she held by the appointment of respective Health Ministers until NBOCC was amalgamated with Cancer Australia in July 2011. In 2010 Lyn was appointed as an Advisory Council member of Cancer Australia, a position she still holds.

Lyn has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international conferences in New Zealand, Asia, the United States and Europe. In May 2006 she chaired the Third Breast Cancer Global Patient Group Summit, held in Stresa, Italy.