Cancer Council Australia

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About us

Cancer Council is the only charity in Australia to work across every area of every cancer, from research to prevention and support. We help people from the point of diagnosis through to treatment and survivorship.

Our vision

A cancer free future

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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Reconciliation Action Plan

Cancer Council Australia is proud to be joining the Reconciliation Action Plan program and, in doing so, making a formal commitment to advance reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
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How we help

Cancer never rests, and for that reason, neither do we. And tomorrow, with your help, we'll start again. Find out how we're here for all Australians affected by cancer, and the impact we?re making across the country
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Established in 1961, 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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Board and governance

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.
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Consumer engagement

Consumer engagement is very important to the work of Cancer Council Australia.
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State and Territory Councils

The Cancer Council is made up of eight member bodies.
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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 Report

Our Annual Report details the key activities and achievements of Cancer Council Australia.
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Cancer Council along with our research partners, invests almost $60m to cancer research each year. Find out about our research programs and grants.
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Our Culture and Workplace

As a small organisation, we pride ourselves on fostering a supportive, social and collaborative culture.
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Contact us

Contact us

Find out how you can get in touch with Cancer Council Australia.
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This page was last updated on: Thursday, March 5, 2020

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