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Policy and advocacy



Cancer control describes a broad spectrum of measures aimed at reducing the impact of cancer on the individual and the wider community.

Cancer Council Australia produces a range of evidence-based cancer control policy resources, published here according to four categories: prevention, early detection, clinical practice (treatment) and supportive care. Information is also cross-referenced according to major cancer types.

As Australia’s largest independent, non-government cancer control organisation, we seek to have our evidence-based policy recommendations translated into practice through our representations to government.

We strive to provide a comprehensive suite of materials; cancer control is a complex and wide-ranging topic, so in some areas we refer readers to other evidence-based organisations that have more specialised expertise in particular fields of cancer control.

Types of policy

Our key policy resources are: the National Cancer Prevention Policy, which includes early detection; individual position statements; submissions to government (including federal election priorities and pre-budget submissions to Treasury); and conference reports.

The National Cancer Prevention Policy is our flagship publication and covers preventable cancer risk factors and screening for the early detection of asymptomatic cancers and precancerous conditions. Most position statements are linked to the NCPP.

The majority of our resources are focused on prevention and early detection, as these are largely the responsibility of the federal government in Australia; Cancer Council Australia seeks to lead the independent cancer control policy agenda at the federal/national level.

How policy is developed

Policy is drafted and comprehensively referenced by our expert cancer control advisory committees, internally reviewed by the principal Public Health Committee or the Supportive Care Committee and peer-reviewed by independent external experts.

The Public Health Committee’s terms of reference cover both primary prevention (minimising preventable risk factors) and screening. Input on clinical practice is provided by our affiliate the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia, the peak body for cancer clinicians.

Cancer Council Australia has developed a web-based wiki platform for developing, revising and publishing up-to-date policy documents. The wiki platform allows Cancer Council Australia to continuously update policy as new evidence becomes available or if the policy environment changes. The National Cancer Prevention Policy is available on the wiki platform, along with a number of position statements. All Cancer Council Australia policy documents will be transitioning to the wiki platform in the near future.


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Prevention policy

Around one third of all cancer deaths in Australia are caused by modifiable risk factors.
More about prevention policy

Early detection policy

Early detection is one of the best public health measures for reducing the cancer burden.
More about early detection policy

Clinical practice policy

See our work on clinical practice, through our cancer research program and clinician education agenda.
More about clinical practice policy

Supportive care policy

Policy submissions are aimed at improving the quality of life of people affected by cancer and their loved ones.
More about supportive care policy

Position statements

We have developed a range of evidence-based position statements to communicate our position on key cancer issues.
More about position statements


This page was last updated on: Monday, August 4, 2014