Robyn Yates OAM

Robyn Yates OAM, Founder

Commenced nursing training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in 1969 .

Worked in the United Kingdom for three years, mostly in ICU & Recovery specialty areas. On return to Australia, worked at RPAH as a Nurse Educator until moving to the mountains in 1977. Commenced Community Health Nursing in 1979 & worked in the local area of Blue Mountains until 1994 . Joined the family business in Property Management role until the founding of Blue Mountains Cancer Help in 2005. The same year completed the re-connect program at Nepean Hospital & returning to community health nursing for a further two years.

  • Founder & Director of BMCH for 8 years in a voluntary capacity .
  • Completed the Endorsed Training for the Living Well with Cancer Program at the Gawler Foundation – 2008
  • Awarded Volunteer of the Year 2008 – Outer West & Blue Mountains
  • Paul Harris fellow by Katoomba Rotary -2011
  • Certificate of Commendation NSW Parliament -2014
  • Awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2015
  • Purpose Driven Entrepreneur Award – Women with Altitude 2017
  • Paul Harris Sapphire – 2018 – Rotary – BM Upper Mountains Sunrise
  • Blue Mountains Local Woman of the Year NSW Awards  – 2018

Having retired in 2018 due to a diagnosis of MND, I am spending as much time as possible with my family & grandchildren. My time working with people with serious illness has given me some tools to deal with this awful disease & its challenges.

I am also enjoying participating in the ongoing operations as a Board Member & value the contribution that my fellow Board Members make, our wonderful staff & volunteers. I also appreciate the opportunity to share with & support the many hundreds of people with cancer when they have been at their most vulnerable.

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