About Us

Lou James

Lou James, Founder of Pinc and Steel Cancer Rehabilitation Trust developed the concept of the 365 Survive to Thrive Journal to assist the recovery of women affected by cancer. Lou has over 10 years of experience working with cancer patients and seeing the effect this disease has on their lives.

The 365 Journal is a wonderful collaboration between oncology rehabilitation professionals and women who have been affected by cancer, and who have contributed to this project to make a difference to others. 

365 Survive to Thrive Journal is designed to be started at any time throughout the calendar year and tracks 365 days from whenever it’s begun.

Megan Schmidt

Megan Schmidt has 18 years experience as a private musculo- skeletal physiotherapist.   For the last 7 years she has specialised in the area of cancer rehabilitation and was trained as a Lymphoedema therapist in Sydney under the Australasian Lymphology Association guidelines. She has extensive knowledge in treating all cancer related issues and lymphoedema. She is in the PINC & STEEL International medical advisory committee and runs the PINC, PaddleOn and Next Steps rehabilitation programmes from her physiotherapy practices, Active+ Albany and Orewa.



Dr Judith Ansell 

Dr Judith Ansell is a NZ registered psychologist with a PhD in biomedical science from the University of Auckland. She has contributed to training and programme development for PINC cancer rehabilitation and recently completed the evaluation for the PaddleOn programme provided by PINC. She was a founding member of Team Pink Pilates and in 2009, just 15 months after completing treatment for breast cancer, ran her first half marathon, on the Great Wall of China. Judith’s interest in working with women after cancer diagnosis is supporting them to seek a balance between physical, emotional and social needs as they progress through stages of treatment and rehabilitation.

ABOUT PINC & STEEL International 

PINC & STEEL International was founded on the basis of developing world-class cancer rehabilitation programs and support products to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.    

It is dedicated to helping men, women, adolescents and young adults with any type of cancer.  

PINC & STEEL is more than just helping people after cancer, it is about giving hope, strength and courage.

There are now more people surviving a cancer diagnosis, but they can face an increased risk of extended health problems, premature mortality and harsh side effects from their treatment.

PINC & STEEL is really passionate about helping people navigate the difficult world of cancer treatment so they can minimise the side effects of the treatments and encourage them to have the best quality of life they can.

The treatments are tough but are more manageable when people know what to expect and are given good advise on all the things they can do to maximise their own recovery and help them take positive steps for their future health and wellbeing.

PINC & STEEL has been the pioneering force behind the cancer rehabilitation movement in New Zealand and Australia since 2005, and is now extending our cancer rehabilitation programs to South Africa and the UK.  Our product range is being developed to not only help people affected by cancer but also to support the people close to them.  

Internationally the proceeds from sales of the journal go towards helping develop cancer rehabilitation programmes and training physiotherapists who deliver them.  In New Zealand because there is no funding from the health system, some proceeds also go to directly funding patients who can't afford to fund themselves through the Pinc and Steel rehabilitation programmes.