Cancer Council Australia

Annual Review 2017-2018


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Cancer Council Australia works alongside a range of organisations, both locally and internationally, that share our goals in cancer control.

As an independent and non-partisan charity, we seek engagement with all members of Parliament and political parties, providing evidence-based advice and encouraging legislative and policy change that will improve cancer control and care in Australia.

Our partners and allies

Through our clinical partner, the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia, and its members, expert committees and executive, we gain access to expert medical and scientific advice.

Our Clinical Guidelines Network collaborates with professional bodies across the spectrum, from basic scientists through to medical, nursing and allied health clinicians to public health specialists. More than 70 interest groups assist with the development and evaluation of clinical guidelines to improve cancer management.

We also have affiliations with:

  • the Australasian Association of Cancer Registries, a government organisation that maintains a registry of all new cases of malignant cancer in Australia and New Zealand
  • Cancer Australia, the federal government's national cancer control agency
  • Palliative Care Australia, the peak body representing the interests of palliative care service providers
  • Safety Institute of Australia, a professional body for safety professionals and practitioners, aiming to promote health and safety awareness.

Cancer Council is an active member of public health and research collaborations that share our advocacy goals including:

  • Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance
  • Australian Fruit and Vegetable Coalition
  • Coalition on Food Advertising to Children
  • Coalition for a Healthy Australian Food Supply
  • National Alliance for Action on Alcohol
  • The Obesity Coalition.

Cancer Council was a founding supporter and continues to support Parents' Voice (formerly The Parents' Jury), the organisation giving a voice to parents concerned about childhood obesity.

Working with government

Cancer Council is an independent, community funded organisation, which does not receive government funding for its core operations.

We are non-partisan and provide advice and advocate to members of Parliament from across the political spectrum to encourage policy change and initiatives to help decrease the impact of cancer in Australia. We also work in partnership with Australian Government organisations, including Cancer Australia.

Our committee chairs, members, CEO and senior staff represent Cancer Council on many government working parties and committees related to cancer research, prevention, screening and treatment services.

As reported in the Advocacy section of this report, we make detailed, evidence-based submissions and representations to government inquiries and reviews.

International action

Cancer Council works alongside international non-govermment coalitions that share our goals. These include:

  • the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), an association of more than 400 non-government cancer organisations across 120 countries contributing to the global fight against cancer
  • the International Non Governmental Coalition Against Tobacco
  • the NCD Alliance.

We also work with the UICC on local communications for World Cancer Day, held on 4 February each year.

To support cancer professionals in developing countries in the Asia Pacific region, we fund and administer the William L Rudder Memorial Fund. The fund provides travel, accommodation and educational grants for cancer professionals from the region to participate in training and professional development attachments. We also partially support tobacco control professionals in the Western Pacific and South East Asia, areas with high smoking rates that are in urgent need of support.


This page was last updated on: Thursday, December 21, 2017