About SBCF

The vision of Sydney Breast Cancer Foundation is

"Beating Breast Cancer Together"

SBCF's mission is to improve the early detection of breast cancer and the quality of life & survival rates of breast cancer patients.


SBCF increases awareness of breast cancer by educating the community and encouraging women to be proactive in self-examination through the distribution of breast check shower cards. Early detection is vital to increasing survival rates.


SBCF provides support to breast care patients and their families through the provision of information and funding breast cancer nurses.


SBCF funds breast cancer research, including genomic research and fellowships. Cutting edge research such as the SBCF tissue bank enables targeted treatment which is one of the key drivers for the reduction of breast cancer mortality rates.


SBCF provides funding to the Breast Unit at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse to help it to provide the best possible treatment and care for patients including funding training and specialist medical equipment.

“It’s like a seismic event in their life..., yet they remain positive and demonstrate hope - I am inspired by my patients.”

Dr Sanjay Warrier
Dr Sanjay's Story »

The Team

Our foundation is a team of passionate individuals comprising 12 voluntary committee members and one full-time Fundraising Executive.


Lynne Crookes OAM

Lynne Crookes OAM President

Catherine West

Catherine West Vice-President

Renae Lopez

Renae Lopez Vice-President

A/Prof Jane Beith

A/Prof Jane Beith  

Dr Cindy Mak

Dr Cindy Mak Director of Breast Services

A/Prof Sanjay Warrier

A/Prof Sanjay Warrier  

Deborah West

Deborah West  

Anne West

Anne West  

A/Prof Richard West AM

A/Prof Richard West AM  

Lucy Vecchio

Lucy Vecchio  

Diane Harapin

Diane Harapin  

Laura Durkan

Laura Durkan  


Angela Bishop

Angela Bishop Entertainment Reporter

Jessica Rowe

Jessica Rowe Journalist and Television Presenter

Todd Liubinskas

Todd Liubinskas Men's Health Fitness Director

Emma Markezic

Emma Markezic Columnist and comedian

Supporting the Breast Unit at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

The SBCF supports the work of the Breast Unit at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse.

The Breast Unit at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse is a holistic treatment, research and education facility for breast cancer. It provides breast cancer surgery, oncology, radiotherapy and reconstruction treatment for patients which is coordinated by a multidisciplinary clinic. The Breast Unit provides a multidisciplinary resource to patients and their families, general practitioners, hospital and community health clinicians, health planners and researchers on the care and management of breast cancer. The Breast Unit also undertakes clinical trials and ground breaking research.

The Breast Unit is one of Australia's leading breast cancer facilities. The Breast Unit works in conjunction with the Kinghorn Cancer Centre, the University of Sydney and the Garvan Institute at St Vincents.

Corporate Structure

The SBCF is part of Chris O'Brien Lifehouse - Lifehouse Australia Limited operating under its company number (ABN 70 388 962 804) and Charity Fundraising Number (CFN 17573).

It's never too early to start checking your breasts...