Founder and Head of Patient Care
Rare Cancers Australia
Kate Vines was born and educated in New Zealand and moved to Australia at age 17. In 1991 she was diagnosed with a rare medullary thyroid cancer and was forced to take an extended break from work. In 2000, she established her own event company promoting motivational speakers in Australia, and later worked at the Australian Retailers Association and at Progressive Business. In 2012, Kate and her husband Richard Vines, formed Rare Cancers Australia.
As founder and head of patient care, her main role is to provide support, guidance and information for patients and their families. She works diligently with government, clinicians and industry to ensure that rare cancer patients’ voices are heard, and advocates for change to ensure patients’ needs are met.