Tony is a bladder cancer survivor, after a radical cystectomy and a neobladder. His passion is the guitar and he has made a living selling musical instruments all over the world. Recording Studio owner, retailer, importer & wholesaler as Moore Music, music education disciple, International Sales Director for Alesis & Numark, Managing Director of Vestax Corporation in Japan, Allans Music, Billy Hyde… an extensive career in music. Today Tony has his own business – The Music Broker.
Professor Nathan Lawrentschuk
Nathan is a Professor at the University of Melbourne and a Urological Surgeon and Urologic Oncologist with appointments at the University of Melbourne Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Department of Surgery and Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research at the Austin Hospital. He completed a PhD in kidney cancer and his surgical training in 2008 and has completed an SUO Fellowship with two additional years of training in robotic, laparoscopic and open cancer surgery at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is the current vice-chairman of the World Urologic Oncology Federation and is passionate about bladder cancer awarenesss, research, education and treatment – the lack of resources available in Australia ultimately drove him along with a committed board to set up bladdercancer.org.au
Managing Director, Melbourne Accounting Partners
Born into a family of successful business-owners, it’s no surprise that Robert Luburic was drawn to advising small to medium sized ventures. Qualifying as Accountant in 1990, Robert gathered experience with two major accounting firms before establishing his own Collins St accounting practice in 2002. Through that time he has developed a deep understanding of the needs of business owners, grounded by the household business environment into which he was born. Robert’s specialist area of expertise reaches into many lives. He believes the success of small business is fundamental to the high standard of living that Australians enjoy, and sees his clients as integral to the wealth of this country. Many professionals in the CBD are clients of Robert’s, his reputation as an astute accountant has grown rapidly in the 15 years that he has based his practise in the CBD.
Colin Bridges graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Laws. He was engaged in general commercial and private client legal practice in mid sized Melbourne CBD legal firms for over 45 years.He was an Accredited Specialist in Property Law and a member of the Law Institute of Victoria Property Law Committee providing advice to government and the legal profession on property law issues. He retired in 2015 and is now actively engaged as a volunteer in a number of community organizations. Colin is married with 4 children and 6 grandchildren and has a number of family connections with the medical profession.
Marc Diocera is the Bladder Cancer Group Coordinator at the Victorian Urological Nurses Society. Marc has worked as a surgical nurse eventually becoming the Urology Nurse Consultant for Northpark Private Hospital, La Trobe Private Hospital and North Eastern Rehabilitation Centre where he ran the urology and continence nursing service which included urodynamics and bladder cancer management.
In 2017 Marc moved to Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre as a Urology Nurse Consultant and Robotics Nurse Coordinator where he further expanded his role into genito-urinary-oncology nursing, cancer survivorship and patient advocacy.
Marc’s main career goal is to increase bladder cancer’ profile by promoting collaboration with clinicians who care for bladder cancer patients; and by establishing a space where clinicians (doctors, nurses, allied health practitioners) and patients alike can learn from each other to improve patient care and treatment outcomes.
Dr. Gideon Ptasznik
Dr. Gideon Ptasznik graduated from Bond University with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 2016. He joined the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre as a Urology Research Fellow in 2021. He is also studying his Master of Surgery at Monash University, focusing on Novel imaging in Prostate Cancer.
Gideon recently joined the Young Urology Research Organisation (YURO) committee, designed to support aspiring Urologists in the field of research. Gideon is one of our newest members, joining in 2021. He is excited to assist BladderCancer.org.au with research projects and patient education resources.
Dr. Sachin Perera
Sachin Perera is one of the newest members to join the bladdercancer.org.au team in 2022. Sachin is a junior doctor based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Parkville, Victoria with a focus of practice in urology. As an aspirational Urologist he works closely with leaders in the field to deliver research and clinical services in one of the world’s preeminent centres for excellence in Urology and is currently completing his Master of Surgery through the University of Sydney with Professor Nathan Lawrentschuk. As part of our team Sachin will also take on the Social media and Engagement portfolio bringing in experience from previous leadership roles in Hospital based environments.
Simon served as a board member and director for almost two years and was invaluable in getting the Foundation up and running, helping with design and publishing our booklet.
Gayle has been a great help proofing, stuffing envelopes, and helping us with mailers.
Dominic Barro and Alex Fogarty
Thanks for all of your help getting our booklets posted.
Kath Schubach & ANZUNS
Fantastic help from Kath & the Urology Nurses Society ensuring we have enough info in our booklet for women & all pre and post op care is covered correctly.