Each year, thousands of Australians are diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma, and many more are diagnosed with autoimmune diseases such as MS, blood diseases like anaemia and other non-malignant diseases.

In many cases, a bone marrow or stem cell transplant offers the best prospect of recovery.

Our organisation

The inaugural meeting of the Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation was held on 25th February 1987. We were incorporated as an association in NSW in May 1988 and as a company limited by guarantee in February 2009.

Arrow was originally established in 1987 to finance the Australasian Bone Marrow Transplant Recipient Registry (ABMTRR). The ABMTRR is a unit that collects, collates and distributes transplant patient data across 52 hospitals in Australia and New Zealand. The unit produces an annual report of consolidated data that is a vital reference source contributing hospitals, doctors, clinicians and other relevant persons in the field.

Over the past 30 years our work has expanded to include:

  • Funding medical research into the cause, prevention, treatment and cure of diseases that can be treated by bone marrow transplant.
  • Supporting patients and their families before, during and after bone marrow transplant treatment.

Arrow is governed by our board of directors. All our day-to-day administration is managed by two part-time staff: our Chief Executive Officer, Robyn Flood and our Communications Manager, Gloria Vincent.

Arrow has deductible gift recipient (DGR) status as issued by the ATO. Registered charity number: CFN 10184. ABN: 42 135 196 244.

Arrow receives no government funding so we rely on the kind support of our donors, fundraisers and members to continue our work.

Financial Reports

Download copies of our recent financial reports.

Financial Report 2016

What we do

• We fund promising medical research and clinical trials that may lack mainstream funding.
• We support patients and their carers, both during and after treatment, with a range of patient support services including the Tracey Scone Wig Library, accommodation, emergency funding and travel assistance.
• We provide information and education for patient and carers such as Patient Information Guides and Patient Information Sessions.
• We encourage nurses to improve their skills and knowledge through providing nursing scholarships.

 

Our mission

Improve the survival and quality of life for patients with blood diseases treatable by bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants and provide support for their carers in Australia

  • by – funding research projects
  • by – providing vital support to patients, their carers and families
  • by – improving patient care through specialised education and skills development for nurses and other health staff

Board of Directors

Mark O'Hara – Chairman

Mark O’Hara

CHAIRMAN

Mark joined Arrow in 2004 after losing his good mate, Greg Neate, to Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. He has been a tireless fundraiser for Arrow, paddling the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic each year. Mark has organised many activities as chairman of our events subcommittee.

Mark served as our Vice Chairman for five years from 2008, and was elected as Chairman in December 2013.

David Eden–Treasurer

David Eden

TREASURER

David Eden was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia in 1994. Following a failed bone marrow transplant in 2000, he has been successfully treated with medication.

David is a member of the National Institute of Accountants. He is a keen contributor to the community, through the Australian Business & Community Network GOALS mentoring program, Lions and Rotary and as a justice of the peace.

David has been treasurer and a member of our executive since 1995.

Robyn Flood – Chief Executive Officer

Robyn Flood

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Robyn joined Arrow in 2005 and is our Chief Executive Officer. Robyn serves as Secretary on the Arrow board and works to ensure that Arrow has the highest standards of governance.

Anthony Dodds – Director

Anthony Dodds

DIRECTOR

Associate Professor Anthony Dodds is a recently retired consultant haematologist and senior staff specialist in haematology and bone marrow transplantation at the Kinghorn Cancer Centre, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney – where he was departmental head for 16 years until 2013.

Anthony is also Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of NSW and a past Medical Chair of the NSW BMT Network.

Anthony has been a member of our executive for more than 16 years.

David Ma – Director

David Ma

DIRECTOR

Professor David Ma joined the haematology department at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney,  in 1998. He is Professor of Medicine at the University of New South Wales and director of the blood stem cell and cancer research unit at St Vincent’s Hospital.

David has been a member of our executive since 2000.

Leonie Wilcox – Director

Leonie Wilcox

DIRECTOR

Leonie is currently the manager of the Australasian Bone Marrow Transplant Recipient Registry. Before joining the registry, Leonie worked in the statistics department at Macquarie University for 12 years, teaching and consulting. She is also a trained nurse.

Leonie has been a member of our board since 2007.

Colleena Presnell – Director

Colleena Presnell

DIRECTOR

Colleena was a corporate trainer in business communication for 22 years, travelling widely throughout Australia, NZ and SE Asia. In early 2001 she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia and had two bone marrow transplants during her fierce battle to beat the disease.

Following her recovery, Colleena established the wonderful ‘Gift of Friendship’ project at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. <link to gift of friendship section under services.

Colleena has been a director of Arrow since 2009.

Julie Soon – Director

Julie Soon

DIRECTOR

Julie Soon is a corporate lawyer who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in November 2010. She had a successful allogeneic bone marrow transplant in May 2011.

Julie is passionate about leukaemia patients sharing their stories to spread awareness of the disease. She has spoken at a number of events, including at the opening of the Kinghorn Cancer Centre in 2012.

Julie has been a member of our board since 2012.

Bronwyn Lisa Cuthbertson – Director

Bronwyn Lisa Cuthbertson

DIRECTOR

Currently the marketing manager for ABC Radio National, Lisa holds a postgraduate degree in arts management and worked for more than 15 years in marketing and communications.

Bronwyn is a passionate athlete – she has competed in nine summer and four winter World Transplant Games and was the event coordinator for the 1997 Sydney World Transplant Games.

Lisa is 28 years post-bone marrow transplant and has been a director of Arrow since 2012.

Philip Hartog – Director

Philip Hartog

DIRECTOR

Born and educated in The Netherlands, Philip holds a masters degree in corporate economics from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and an MBA from Harvard Business School in Boston, USA.

During his successful career Philip was deputy manager of Heineken Australia and managing director and owner of Australian Health Care Equipment. He is now a director of the Harvard Club of Australia Philanthropy.

He enjoys volunteer work and assisting charities and has been a director of Arrow since 2005.

Neil Pennock – Director

Neil Pennock

DIRECTOR

Neil is a finance consultant, specialising in project finance and brings a wealth of financial risk management and cost control expertise to the Arrow board.

Neil established the Trace Richey Nursing Scholarship to support nurses working in the field of bone marrow transplantation, in memory of Trace Richey, his partner of many years. He is committed to the advancement of medical research, with a focus on graft versus host disease.

Neil joined the Arrow board in 2015.

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