Championing research and awareness that will change women’s health

Amy Hyslop started her career in event management and loved it but needed more of a challenge. She moved into a management role with a national music organisation, which evolved into roles with the Brisbane Writers Festival, the Australasian Dance Collective, and the Queensland Music Festival.

“Through these roles, I was introduced to the world of philanthropy and knew I’d found my why,” Amy said. “Knowing what you do positively impacts many people’s lives is a great feeling and highly motivating.”

Up to now, Amy’s career highlight was being a CEO, but she said her role as Cherish Fundraising and Development Manager trumps that.

“I’m so proud to be working with a Queensland-based charity that is improving countless lives worldwide,” Amy said.

“Cancer affects so many lives, and supporting those who are working to find treatments and support for patients is a noble cause.

“Cherish has helped fund some clinical trials that have significantly improved the lives of women. These clinical trials have resulted in fewer hospital bed days, less radical surgery and complications, lower treatment costs and more choices for women to retain their fertility. Through the research it funds, Cherish is making a meaningful impact on women’s healthcare. That’s commendable.

“It’s an exciting time for Cherish as we gather momentum and new opportunities arise. I want to be part of that evolution.

“I’d also like to see Cherish play a bold role in destigmatising gynaecological cancer. There was an article a few years ago about how women are literally dying of embarrassment because they’re reluctant to see their GP and talk about their symptoms. The more we talk about gynaecological symptoms, the earlier we can detect issues. Cherish plays an important role in starting these vital conversations.

Amy balances her professional life with raising her son.

“I love seeing my son grow into a kind, responsible and together man. He’s got his priorities straight, works hard and finds time to do what he enjoys. He’s a very balanced person. That’s a rare trait in someone so young,” Amy said.

“Being a Mum has taught me that it’s okay to show your emotions and how you handle them so they can learn to manage theirs. I have also learnt that it’s okay to be imperfect. Mothers, like anyone else, have faults and flaws.”

When Amy gets a moment of downtime, she does what she can to raise the profile of classical music in Brisbane by writing reviews of live shows for ClassikOn. She also loves movies and reading and always has a book or two on the go.