The Choices’ inter-disciplinary team includes specialist nurses, peer support coordination, staff and volunteers with personal experiences of cancers, counselling and physiotherapy services.
Our patron, Kevin Walters
Kevin Walters, once captain of the Brisbane Broncos football team and husband of the late Kim Walters, is the patron of Choices. Choices is dedicated to the memory of Kim who believed that support and understanding result from women sharing their experiences. As patron, Kevin continues to honour her memory and vision. Learn more about our history.
Manager, Janine Porter-Steele
Janine Porter-Steele is a clinical nurse consultant, an accredited breast care nurse, women’s health nurse and manager of Choices. She has a Masters degree in nursing leadership and is a PhD student at Queensland University of Technology examining sexuality concerns and management strategies for women after a diagnosis of cancer. Janine is also the Women's Wellness after Cancer Clinical Nurse Manager, based at QUT. She has a wide and varied background, having worked in the community, hospitals, and in nurse education in both the UK and Australia.
As part of her management role, Janine facilitates the training of volunteers and sets up the programs from an evidence based/research perspective. She provides community education and clinical support for Choices.
Peer support coordinator, Leonie Young
Leonie Young is the Peer Support Coordinator at Choices. Leonie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987. Since her diagnosis she has been involved in cancer advocacy and support, both nationally and internationally. She is a member of the consumer advisory groups of the Australian New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group (Chair) and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Leonie is Chair of the Cancer Trials Consumer Network and Can Speak Queensland, which aims to provide a voice for people affected by cancer in Queensland. Since her diagnosis Leonie has been a breast cancer support volunteer with the Cancer Council Queensland.
Registered Nurse Client Care, Siobhan Burgess
Siobhan Burgess is a registered nurse who has completed a Graduate Diploma and Masters Degree in counselling. Throughout her 30 year career she has been driven to help people and the community. Siobhan’s role is to assess patients’ needs and refer them to appropriate experts such as physiotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, GPs and support in the community (such as specialised cancer groups).
Siobhan was a counsellor for about seven years, working for Choices and The Wesley Hospital. Prior to Choices, she pursued a passion for palliative care. Siobhan originates from Ireland and has worked in her home country, England, South Africa and around Australia.
Choices volunteers are an integral part of our team, and most have a personal history of cancer. Thanks to their specialised training and experience of cancer, they are able to help support you in a variety of ways, such as providing support before and after surgery, hospital and home visits, and telephone support. Our volunteers also play a large role in our fundraising activities.
Would you like to become a volunteer?
All volunteers undergo an interview process and hospital orientation. If you would like to know more about becoming a volunteer at Choices please call us on 1800 227 271.