BEc (Tasmania), PostGradDipHlthProm (Curtin), MHlthEc (Curtin), Hon Doc (Deakin), GAICD
As Cancer Council Victoria’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Todd Harper has a passion for the organisation’s important work in research, prevention, support and advocacy.
He has over three decades of experience in public health, including as CEO of VicHealth, Executive Director of Quit Victoria, and Director of the VicHealth Centre for Tobacco Control.
Since his appointment as CEO of Cancer Council in April 2011, Todd has overseen significant achievement in cancer control.
During this time Cancer Council has led research initiatives in tobacco plain packaging, epidemiological studies to identify the causes of cancer, and biomedical research to improve treatment for low survival cancers. The organisation also hosts the Victorian Cancer Registry – the timeliest registry in the world, which has, for the first time, published data on cancer amongst Aboriginal people.
Cancer Council created the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer – a world-first initiative to bring legal experts together to provide resources for governments from low and middle income countries to implement change to assist patients both here and overseas.
During Todd’s leadership, Cancer Council has been at the forefront of bans on solariums and educational campaigns around junk food, alcohol and smoking. In 2017 it launched the state’s largest ever bowel screening awareness campaign.
As survival rates continue to improve, Cancer Council’s support services are growing to meet the needs of those affected by cancer as well as their families and friends. This includes a Wig Service, Holiday Break Program, and legal and financial services. Evidenced-based optimal care pathways have also been developed and there have been reforms to improve access to clinical trials.
Todd believes the enviable reputation of the organisation comes down to the hard work and passion of its past and present staff and volunteers to maintain the organisation’s commitment to excellence, integrity and compassion.
“I’m proud to be part of Cancer Council Victoria, which is a remarkable organisation that has improved the lives of so many people through its work in cancer research, prevention and support over the past 82 years” – Todd Harper, CEO.
You can follow Todd on Twitter @ToddHarperAus