About us


To be recognised as the most open and unbiased source of information & support for people with cancer in Australia


(What is our purpose?)

(a) To provide Information, Support and Counselling to people with cancer and thereby help them develop a cancer program relevant to their particular needs;
(b) To promote freedom of choice in therapies for cancer and other degenerative diseases;
(c) To encourage people with cancer to take control of their life;
(d) To support therapies that do no harm.

CISS is a membership based organisation, committed to help people with cancer irrespective of location, to make informed decisions about cancer prevention, treatment and recovery through the provision of:
1. Research & Advocacy
2. e-Library
3. Support Groups & Counselling
4. Events, Seminars & Workshops
5. Useful Links
6. Media & Feedback

Governing Committee and Support Staff

Committee members provide their services on a voluntary basis and are appointed in accordance with the CISS Constitution on the basis of specific skill sets, to maximise the organisation’s ability to support individuals diagnosed with cancer.

Chris Bertinshaw
Convenor (Chairman)
Chris Bertinshaw began consulting in corporate governance in 1988 and established Corporate Governance Systems (www.bertinshaw.com.au) in 2010. His mission is to help boards and councils fulfil their mission, bringing good Read More
Raelene Dojcinovic
My name is Raelene Dojcinovic and I am a Registered Nurse. I also have a Diploma in Chemistry, a Graduate Certificate in Health Science and a Masters in Public Health Read More
James Zhan
Honorary Treasurer
With 20+ years of corporate finance experience, James is a senior finance leader with extensive experience in business partnering, commercial analysis, accounting, corporate governance, project management, process improvement and SSC Read More
Leonie Batchelor
Honorary Secretary
I discovered CISS in 1983 when I moved to Sydney from Auckland, New Zealand. Member meetings were held then in a lovely house in Hunters Hill and were very popular, Read More
Selwyn Garwell
Ordinary Committee Member
Age: 66 Single. Occupation: General Manager/Director.  Toolmaker. Interests/Hobbies: Antiques, Classic cars, Gardening. Personal experience with cancer: Tcell Lymphoma 1999 (Conventional testing , complementary treatment only). CISS member since the early Read More
Frank Hewstone
Ordinary Committee Member
My name is Frank Hewstone. I was born in a small country village in South Australia. In February 2018 I will be 81 years of age. Like the song; “Look Read More
Maxine Hewstone
Ordinary Committee Members
My name is Maxine Hewstone. I am 75 years of age and married with two children, six grandchildren and a great grandchild. I was born in the Barossa Valley in Read More
Don Benjamin
Support Staff - Research Director
MIEE, M Eng Sci Age – 82 I am married with four grown up children, 5 grand-children and 1 great grand child. Although originally qualified as an Electrical Engineer my Read More
Dr Anita Adhitya
Support Staff - Research Project Manager
My name is Anita Adhitya and I am the Research Project Manager for the Dr Laurence Cox Cancer Paradigm Project. My training is in the physical and environmental sciences, with Read More
Annalisa Brimo
Support Staff - Operations Manager
Annalisa has over 30-years’ experience in administrative services within industries such as not-for-profit, healthcare, finance, publishing and IT. Annalisa’s last corporate role was with the National Breast Cancer Foundation as Read More
Susie Benjamin
Support Staff - Information & Resources Counsellor
My name is Susie Benjamin and I am 75. For the past 23 years I have been running the CISS office (retired as Office Manager in October 2018) and supporting Read More
Marianne Gabriel
Consulting Psychologist & Cancer Support Group Facilitator
Marianne Gabriel is both a Registered Psychologist and Nurse, who is highly regarded as an experienced cancer support group facilitator and very aware of the challenges faced by carers and Read More
James Blanchflower
Support Staff - Social Media Specialist
James attended Sydney Grammar School, during which time he volunteered in the Australian Air Force Cadets rising to the rank of squadron leader. After high school, he continued his studies Read More
Matilda McPhee
Support Staff - Social Media Specialist
Matilda is a Social Media Specialist based in Sydney Australia with a keen interest in helping small to medium sized businesses develop their social media presence.  In 2018 Matilda completed Read More
Dr Peter Daale
Acting CEO
Dr Peter Daale was awarded his Doctor of Business Administration Degree (2003) from Curtin University of Technology (Graduate School of Business) in Western Australia. He holds several other degrees from the Read More
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