Patient Advisory Board Health Equals Freedom – Making Sense of Cancer
‘The Board Health Equals Freedom’ has two separate components: the Patient Advisory Board and the Medico-Legal Board.
These two Boards advise Health Equals Freedom and Founder Dr Rachel Cameron.
The first is the Patient Advisory Board. On this board are members who have first-hand lived-experience with cancer and who are passionate about helping patients newly diagnosed with cancer navigate the complex healthcare system.
The second is the Medico-Legal Board. On this board are members who have medical or legal experienced in health in Australia.
Membership of the Patient Board:
Naveena Nekkalapudi MBA
Naveena Nekkalapudi is a breast cancer survivor since (2015) and a carer of elderly parents. Following her diagnosis, she decided to re-evaluate her life and focus on matters that are important to her. She describes it as changing from being career ambitious to being life ambitious. Wanting to utilise her varied skills and knowledge in assisting others to achieve better health outcomes.
In her previous (corporate) life, she was a senior professional with extensive strategy, research, M&A and management skills across a range of industries – dairy, trustee, funds management and private health insurance. After completing treatment for cancer, Naveena drove the creation of a breast ‘cancer concierge’ service with her health insurance employer and now their members who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer (between 4,000 – 5,000 Australians per year) receive support as they navigate the private health system.
Naveena has an M. B. A. from Melbourne Business School and is a member of the Community Advisory Committee with Eastern Health, and a member of the Emergency Care Clinical Network Insight Committee at Safer Care Victoria. She also is a telephone peer support volunteer at Cancer Council Victoria, a buddy volunteer with the Breast Cancer research lab at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and (a consumer representative with the Breast Cancer Network Australia).
Naveena is also an avid traveller, mad sports spectator (cricket, AFL, tennis) and loves dogs of all shapes and sizes. Naveena also LOVES fashion and supporting small business owners, (especially clothing and jewellery). For example her friend setup up HatHouse, who is another breast cancer survivor