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Cancer Council Australia collaborates with a range of professional bodies


Cancer Council Australia collaborates with professional bodies across the spectrum, from basic science through medical and nursing care to public health to develop Guidelines, run projects and establish policy positions.

Our clinical partner, the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia, is the peak multidisciplinary organisation representing healthcare professionals working in cancer.

Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance

The Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (ACDPA) is an alliance of five non-government health organisations who are working together in the primary prevention of chronic disease, with particular emphasis on the shared risk factors of poor nutrition, physical inactivity, overweight and obesity and their social determinants.

The members of the ACDPA are:

  1. Cancer Council Australia
  2. Diabetes Australia
  3. Kidney Health Australia
  4. National Heart Foundation of Australia
  5. Stroke Foundation

ACDPA contributes to national policy discussions by providing an independent voice addressing key risk factors of chronic disease and advocating for policy that recognises the value of prevention. ACDPA develops evidence-based policies and recommendations through position statements and submissions to government.

Current Chair

Sharon McGowan

Chief Executive Officer, Stroke Foundation

Website and contact

Emma Lonsdale
ACDPA Executive Officer
Email: [email protected]

International Alliances

Cancer Council Australia is a member of various international non-government coalitions. These organisations are committed to advancing knowledge and working with one another to improve cancer control on a local, national and global scale.

Cancer Council collaborates with and contributes to the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). The UICC is an association of more than 770 member organisations in 155 countries, working to help the global health community accelerate the fight against cancer.

We also collaborate with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). As part of the World Health Organisation, IARC’s mission is to coordinate and conduct research on the causes of human cancer and the mechanisms of carcinogenesis, and to develop scientific strategies for cancer prevention and control.

Cancer Council also supports the South East Asian Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA).

Government Partnerships

Cancer Council Australia is a community-based organisation that receives no ongoing government funding and is an independent voice promoting evidence-based cancer control policy.

We do have various ongoing partnerships and projects with Australian Government agencies and are represented on working parties and committees. And we provide advice to elected parliamentarians aimed at informing cancer control policies.

Looking Ahead 

We won’t rest until we’ve dramatically reduced the significant impact cancer has on every member of our community