Max Gardner Award for Distinguished Service is a prestigious award presented by PCFA. It is awarded to an individual member of the Network that has made an outstanding and significant contribution to reducing the impact of prostate cancer on Australian men, their partners and families, recognising the diversity of the Australian community. This award is a peer-based form of recognition for PCFA Network members who are currently an official Ambassador, in a Support Group Leader role or an active member of an affiliated support group.

Max Gardner Award nominations are currently closed. For your convenience, please see the Frequently Asked Questions Document here.

You can learn more about previous Max Gardner Award Winners below. If you have any questions please contact the Support & Community Outreach Team on 1800 00 22 98.


Max Gardner Award Recipients for 2017

David Abrahams

David's journey as a member of the Network stretches back over a decade to when he was first diagnosed with prostate cancer and joined the local Launceston Prostate Cancer Support Group. David first took on the role of PCFA Ambassador and continued this role despite moving across the country to Toowoomba in Queensland. It was here he took on the additional role of Toowoomba Prostate Cancer Support Group Leader. In 2011 and to this day, David is an active participant in the national telephone based Advanced Prostate Cancer Support Group. David’s peers describe him as an eloquent advocate on prostate cancer issues, a constant source of encouragement and hope for those affected.

See the full interview with David here...


Malcolm Ellis

First diagnosed in 2006, Malcolm has contributed as an Ambassador and Support Group Leader in the City of Onkaparinga, South Australia, for more than 10 years. He also served as chair and member to many representative committees over his time as a Network member, ensuring the perspective of those diagnosed was heard. Malcolm's peers describe him as always willing to help and highlight his dedication to the cause over the many meetings, presentations and awareness events. Malcolm was also recognised with a Civic Achievement Award by his local government, the City of Onkaparinga, for the positive impact his service to the community has made.

See the full interview with Malcolm here...


Terry Grano

After being told he had prostate cancer, Terry realised others like him required a place they could access support and helped to operate the Ballarat Prostate Cancer Support Group. Helping to lead the group for over 16 years, Terry has ensured a safe place for those affected by prostate cancer to share in this experience, hear from and ask questions of local expert speakers. He has forged strong connections with community groups to raise awareness of prostate cancer and has spoken on his experience at many health forums in the Ballarat region. Members of the group identify Terry as a great listener, remember being warmly welcomed by him into a group that has shown empathy and built their confidence.

See the full interview with Terry here...


Previous Max Gardner Award Recipients

Ian Fisk 2016
Jim Marshall 2016
Gabrielle Moran OAM 2016
Ian Wagner 2015
John Shields 2015
Jim Hope 2015
Fred Travis 2015
Rob Tonge 2015
Allan Sudholz 2015
Alan Moran OAM 2015
Bruce Kinnersley 2014
Dr Bruce Kynaston 2014
Len Lamprecht 2014
Dr John Trollor 2014
Phillip Webster 2014
Terry Wheeler 2013
Les Payne 2013
David Gregory 2013
Daryl Hyland 2012
Max Shub 2012
John Stead 2012
Colin Farmer 2011
Michael O'Neill 2011
Les Mather 2011
Jim Reid 2011
John Allen 2010
Robert Slade 2010
Jayne Matthews 2010
Peter Dornan AM 2010
Bill McHugh 2010
Robert Phillips 2010
Ron Schmarr 2010
Alan Hall 2009
Jeff Roberts 2009
John Dowsett 2009
Con Casey 2008
Bob Collard MBE 2008
Dr John Conroy OAM 2008
John Goodall 2008
Don Baumber 2008
Spencer Broughton 2008
Trevor Hunt 2008