Cancer Council Australia
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About us

As Australia's peak national non-government cancer control1 organisation, Cancer Council Australia advises the Australian Government and other bodies on practices and policies to help prevent, detect and treat cancer. We also advocate for the rights of cancer patients for best treatment and supportive care.

Our vision

Minimise the threat of cancer to Australians, through successful prevention, best treatment and support.

Our mission

Lead a cohesive approach to reduce the impact of cancer.

Cancer Council Australia works with its members the eight state and territory cancer organisations to:

  • undertake and fund cancer research
  • prevent and control cancer
  • provide information and support for people affected by cancer.

Cancer Council Australia was formerly called the Australian Cancer Society.

Read Cancer Council Australia's Constitution.


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What we do

To realise our vision, Cancer Council Australia and its members undertake a broad range of activities.
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Over its 54-year history, Cancer Council Australia has become Australia’s peak independent authority on cancer control.
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Find out about Cancer Council Australia's patron, Sir Gustav Nossal, world-renowned for his immunology work.
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Our board is responsible for strategic and policy-making activities. Learn more about our structure here.
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Cancer Council Australia's CEO, Professor Sanchia Aranda, is one of Australia's most respected cancer control experts. Read Professor Sanchia Aranda's biography here.
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Executive Leadership Team

Meet our senior staff, the directors of marketing, communications, finance and advocacy.
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State and Territory Councils

The Cancer Council is made up of eight member bodies.
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Meet Cancer Council's celebrity ambassadors that help promote cancer awareness.
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Our expert committees develop policy and guidelines for cancer control.
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External relationships

Find out about our affiliations and partnerships, government partnerships and international alliances.
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Annual review

Our Annual Review details the key activities and achievements of Cancer Council Australia.
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Cancer Council grants more than $49m to cancer research each year. Find out about our research programs and grants.
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Build a career that makes a difference. Find out about job opportunities here.
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Contact us

FInd out how you can get in touch with Cancer Council Australia.
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1) Cancer control refers to actions to reduce the impact of cancer on people including: reducing cancer risk and incidence; improving early detection and treatment; and improving care and support for people affected by cancer. 

This page was last updated on: Tuesday, July 14, 2015