The Mark Hughes Foundation is a charity raising funds to support research, raise awareness for brain cancer and support brain cancer patients.

Brain Cancer Care Coordinator


Hunter New England Health welcomed a new Brain Cancer Coordinator. This position is fully funded by the Mark Hughes Foundation and without question our proudest achievement to date.

Introducing Sandy Nixon, our new Brain Care Coordinator....

“My role as Brain Cancer Care Coordinator for HNE involves being a contact for patients and their families when initially diagnosed, throughout their treatment, during follow-up and end of life care. This role is essential for patients and their loved ones as the healthcare system can be extremely confusing at the best of times. My aim is to bridge the gap between patients and their. There are an incredible amount of complexities associated with the illness trajectory of patients diagnosed with brain cancer; I hope to help these individuals through the most stressful, worrying and confusing time of their lives, to make life a little bit easier.

My background is oncology nursing which is my passion. I have worked in oncology units at the Calvary Mater Newcastle, North Coast Cancer Institute Port Macquarie and The Wesley Hospital Brisbane. I have completed a Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing and have almost finished a Masters in Clinical Nursing.

I am thankful to Jane Morison, who started this role in January. Jane has done an absolutely wonderful job in getting the position underway. I am also in awe of the Mark Hughes Foundation for creating this role with their main aim to provide more support to patients and their families who have been diagnosed with brain cancer.”