The Gynaecological Cancer Society was established in 1997 with the aim of providing practical support in the form of information and education material; financial and health care assistance to gynaecological cancer patients, their carers, healthcare professionals and other stakeholders with an interest in the field of gynaecological oncology.
The Society’s membership comprises specialist doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers and other healthcare professionals, gynaecological cancer patients and their carers. A further balance of membership is achieved by including professional business men and women with a personal interest in gynaecological oncology.
Their main task is to develop profit-generating business activities for the Society. These profits are used to cover the Society’s operating costs and allow 100 cents in every dollar donated to be used for its intended charitable purpose.
Geographically, the society is based in Brisbane, the capital city of the state of Queensland – a large, north-eastern coastal Australia perhaps best known for its temperate climate, easy life style and wonderful beaches.
The Society is registered under State law as an incorporated association and public medical charity; and under Federal law as a public benevolent institution. Whilst imposing strict legal, accounting and reporting requirements upon the Society, these laws also allow the Society some useful taxation concessions.
As a result, the Society is able to offer income tax deductibility for donations of cash or in-kind product. Under Federal Law, two main conditions apply; each gift must exceed A$2.00 in value; and deductibility is limited to personal or corporate income taxable within Australia.