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Tanya Buchanan

Tanya Buchanan

Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Council Australia

Tanya Buchanan is Cancer Council Australia’s Chief Executive Officer. Tanya is an experienced professional who joined Cancer Council Australia in November 2020 and brings many years’ experience in public health to her role at Cancer Council Australia.

Tanya has a proven track record in leading organisations to improve health outcomes, having held roles as Chief Executive Officer of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) in Wales and most recently Chief Executive Officer of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, a position she held for five years.

Tanya commenced her career as a nurse, working in oncology and neurosurgery. She has also worked for Red Cross Blood Service Australia, in academia, local government and the voluntary sector.   

Tanya is an Honorary Professor of Practice, School of Health & Society (Public Health), University of Wollongong and completed a PhD on tobacco control in Australia. She also holds an MBA in Health Services Administration, a first-class honours degree in English & Comparative Literature and a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), as well as a range of vocational qualifications.

Tanya is available for interviews about a range of cancer issues including cancer prevention, early detection, support and research.  For an interview with Tanya Buchanan, please contact Cancer Council Australia's Media Team on (02) 8256 4109 (the media hotline is available inside and outside of business hours). You can also email the media team on

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