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Supportive care



Among other cancer-control activity, Cancer Council Australia advocates on behalf of people affected by cancer to ensure that issues relating to cancer care get the attention, legislative action and funding they deserve.

Our Supportive Care Committee has developed a number of position statements to support its advocacy goals and to provide information and advice about topical issues of interest to cancer patients and survivors.

These include the following:


State and territory travel and accommodation subsidy schemes

Assistance has been available since 1978 to help subsidise the costs of travel and accommodation for Australians living in rural and remote areas who need cancer specialist treatment not available locally. On the whole, this financial assistance is valuable, but the subsidy schemes aren’t working as well as they could be.

This position statement outlines the problems with the state-run schemes and proposes the establishment of a Commonwealth-funded task force to address them.

Position statement


Benefits of healthy diet and physical activity for cancer survivors

More than a quarter of a million Australians have survived cancer. These men and women may be at increased risk of other health problems which could be reduced through lifestyle changes.

This position statement, developed by Cancer Council’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee, summarises the evidence about the impact of lifestyle factors on quality of life, cancer recurrence and overall survival. It covers body weight, physical activity, diet, diet supplements, alcohol consumption and food safety, and makes recommendations based on this evidence.

Position statement


Complementary and alternative therapies

The term "complementary and alternative therapies" refers to a diverse group of practices and products not considered part of evidence based, conventional medicine. While complementary therapies are used together with conventional medicine, alternative therapies are used instead of conventional medicine.

There is much controversy and debate about the use of complementary and alternative therapies. This is primarily due to the substantial gap between consumer beliefs around complementary and alternative therapies, and the evidence supporting their safety and effectiveness.

This position statement summarises the evidence for complementary and alternative therapy use for people who have been diagnosed with cancer and offers a series of recommendations for their use.

Position statement


This page was last updated on: Thursday, October 31, 2013