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National committees

Cancer Council's national advisory committees comprise experts in all facets of cancer control

Cancer Council Australia develops policy and guidelines with the assistance of a network of national advisory committees, which comprise experts in all facets of cancer control.

There are two leading committees; the Public Health Committee and the Supportive Care Committee. The Public Health Committee  has five sub-committees which address issues around cancer screening, nutrition and exercise, occupational cancers, skin cancer and tobacco. The Supportive Care Committee  has three sub-committees which address all aspects of support from publications to peer support. 

Public Health Committee

Chair: Ms Anita Dessaix

The Public Health Committee provides expert advice on policy for improving cancer prevention and early detection in Australia. It leads a number of key activities, such as a biennial behavioural science research conference and is the overarching body for a group of specialised public health subcommittees.

Subcommittees

Reporting through the Public Health Committee, five subcommittees develop national programs, policies and activities and advise on emerging issues in the areas of bowel cancer, general practice, nutrition and physical activity, skin cancer and tobacco control.

Membership comprises staff from state and territory Cancer Councils with additional skills-based appointments.

  • Cancer Screening and Immunisation Committee Chair: Adjunct Professor Karen Canfell
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee Chair: Ms Clare Hughes
  • Skin Cancer Committee Chair: Ms Paige Preston
  • Tobacco Issues Committee Chair: Ms Libby Jardine
  • Occupational and Environmental Cancer Committee Chair: Professor Tim Driscoll

Supportive Care Committee

Chair: Ms Gemma Lock

Deputy Chair: Ms Annie Miller

The Supportive Care Committee provides policy advice to Cancer Council Australia to guide its advocacy efforts to improve supportive care for patients, their families and carers. 

Membership comprises of one representative of each state and territory Cancer Council with knowledge of supportive care issues, the Chief Executive Officer of Cancer Council Australia, consumer representative, and Cancer Council Australia representation including the Director of Public Policy and Knowledge Management. Specific expert advice is sought as required through national groups as well as the establishment of expert working groups. Current national subcommittees of the Supportive Care Committee and their Chairs are listed below:

  • 13 11 20 Subcommittee  Chair: Ms Katherine Lane
  • Peer Support Subcommittee Chair: Ms Annette Beattie
  • Practical Support Subcommittee
    Co-Chair: Ms Michelle Smerdon
    Co-chair: Ms Melanie Schmidtke
  • National Cancer Information Subcommittee Chair: Ms Raylene Cox

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