By increasing awareness about cancer risks such as obesity, encouraging people to screen for bowel cancer, funding innovative research, and providing vital support - we were able to make a difference in 2017.
There are so many people in our community who contribute to the work we do - whether it's giving their time or supporting us financially, and it's only because of this that we were able to make an impact.
Chair of the Board
Quit launched a new website that is consumer-focused, providing practical tools and advice for smokers, and plenty of resources for those helping a patient, friend or family member to quit.
The website provides information drawn on the best available evidence and the experience of our Quitline experts.
SunSmart launched a new augmented reality app, seeUV. The app is an exciting and innovative new way to raise awareness of the dangers of UV radiation, which is the major cause of skin cancer.
The app was developed in collaboration with Deakin University's Software and Technology Innovation Laboratory and supported by the Victorian Government.
As part of our work to combat obesity, we partner with the Obesity Policy Coalition to advocate for policy change and regulation to help prevent obesity.
The Obesity Policy Coalition launched Tipping the Scales, a plan that identifies eight clear, practical, evidence-based actions that the Federal Government must take to tackle our serious obesity problem.
Bowel cancer kills four times more Victorians than road accidents.
Bowel cancer accounts for the second highest number of cancer deaths in Victoria, but if picked up early, 90% of bowel cancers can be successfully treated.
Luckily, there is a very effective at-home test that can help detect bowel cancer in its early stages, even when there are no symptoms or warning signs. The screening test is sent to eligible Australians (who are between the ages of 50-74), as part of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. However, at the moment, only around 40% of Victorians actually do the test.
We are determined to change this and see participation increase to 50% by 2021. To help achieve this target we launched a bowel cancer screening awareness campaign.
In response to this campaign it was anticipated that more than 20,000 extra Victorians would screen for bowel cancer in 2017 and if participation in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program continues to rise, as many as 1 million Victorians are expected to be screened for bowel cancer by 2027.
The purpose of the campaign was to mobilise the community around bowel cancer screening by encouraging Victorians to either take the test when they receive it in the mail, or to encourage a loved one to take the test.
We reached out to the public via digital advertising, television, radio and stories published in major and regional news outlets. We had conversations with GPs asking them to encourage patients aged 50-74 to take the test. We also identified culturally and linguistically diverse communities that had lower rates of screening and provided additional educational resources to encourage taking the at-home test.
Our volunteers, fundraisers and supporters enable us in everything we do. Their passion and commitment to a cancer free future is truly inspiring.
Students, staff and parents at Montmorency Secondary College have raised more than $78,000 since they first started participating in the Diamond Valley Relay for Life nine years ago.
Teacher Kim Faulkner who organises the school’s participation said, “the school has so many students who have lost family members to cancer. It is a really moving event.
“The students come away feeling they’ve made a difference, they’ve been part of their community, part of something bigger than themselves. The success that they feel having raised money either for prevention of cancer or to help people living with cancer is quite powerful.”
After losing his mum Tania in 2015 from breast cancer, Declan Foott wanted to do something to honour her and fight back against cancer.
Departing from Federation Square, Declan cycled 5,800km from Melbourne to Darwin to raise money for cancer research as an iWill participant. Inspiring people across the country he exceeded his original fundraising target of $10,000 and raised an astonishing $76,000.
“I am incredibly passionate about preventing cancer and want to reduce the toll it has on our community,” Declan said. He has sponsored the ‘Ride to a Cure Research Award in Honour of Tania Foott’, which will help fund two research projects working to improve patient outcomes for people with breast cancer.
We are thrilled that Declan will be continuing his involvement with Cancer Council Victoria by sharing his inspiring story as part of our Community Speakers Program.
We have more than 600 volunteers across 23 regional volunteer groups in Victoria. These groups play a crucial role in supporting their local community by sharing the latest cancer information and support services and fundraising for cancer research, prevention and support programs.
Since forming in 1981, the Traralgon Volunteer Group has raised over $1 million to support Cancer Council Victoria’s work. Many of the 20 dedicated volunteers who lead this group have been doing so for over 10 years, including the group’s treasurer, Val Skinner, who has generously been volunteering for more than 35 years. They meet every month to plan and implement incredible fundraising events throughout the year. These events range from Cancer Council’s national events such as Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea and Daffodil Day, to events developed by the Traralgon Volunteer Group such as the Longest Lunch and High Tea Afternoon. The latter is a highlight of the Traralgon Group’s calendar of events with more than 300 guests and over $20,000 raised in 2017 alone!
The group hopes to “unlock a cure” through their tireless fundraising efforts to support cancer research.
Ethne Rogut has volunteered with Cancer Council Victoria for over 10 years. She continuously inspires the staff she works with day to day through her dedication and wealth of experience, and is a knowledgeable resource for the hundreds of supporters she contacts as part of her most recent role within the Supporter Engagement team.
As a wonderful ambassador, Ethne also participates in many events herself including running a merchandise stall every Daffodil Day for the past 12 years, and as a regular Australia's Biggest Morning Tea Host. She consistently brings friends together every year to support Cancer Council Victoria outside of her usual volunteer hours, and is a great example of how an individual’s commitment to go above and beyond can make such a significant impact on enhancing the work of the Cancer Council.
Drawing on her experiences as both a medical scientist and breast cancer patient, Avis MacPhee, AM has been instrumental in supporting breast cancer groups, founding the Breast Cancer Support Group at the Bone Marrow Donor Institute. She has worked tirelessly in service of the community, helping to bridge the gap between the scientific community and cancer patients by making the science behind different treatments more accessible.
Avis joined the Cancer Council Victoria Board in 2006, was a member of the Scientific Committee, Vice President of the Breast Cancer Research Consortium, Chair of Health Services Review Council and a member of the Victorian Cancer Biobank Committee. In 2010 Avis’s dedication and commitment was recognised when she was made a member of the Order of Australia.
Avis was a passionate and dedicated member of our community who passed away in September 2017. She will be sorely missed.
Cancer Council Victoria was named the Best Victorian Not-For-Profit In-House PR Team at the Public Relations Institute of Australia Awards.
Jonathan Liberman, Director of the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, was a recipient of a prestigious World No Tobacco Day Award from the World Health Organisation (WHO) Western Pacific Regional Office for outstanding contribution to tobacco control.
Professor Dallas English from the Cancer Epidemiology & Intelligence Division was awarded the coveted 2017 Mentor Award from the Australasian Epidemiological Association.
Executive Management TeamSarah Clement – Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Services
A/Prof Roger Milne – Head of Division, Cancer Epidemiology & Intelligence Division
Helen Farrugia – Head of Division, Victorian Cancer Registry
Prof Melanie Wakefield - Head of Division, Behavioural Science Division
Jennifer Atkinson – Head of Division, People, Leadership & Teams
Dr Anna Boltong - Head of Division, Cancer Strategy and Support Division
Andrew Buchanan – Head of Division, Fundraising & Communication
Craig Sinclair – Head of Division, Prevention Division
Jonathan Liberman – Director, McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer
Prof Ron Borland – Nigel Gray Fellowship
Medical and Research CommunityHonorary Research Associates
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|$M||2017 2016 Statutory Accounts were prepared are for 15 months to 31st December 2016. The results shown here for 2016 have been annualised for comparison.||2017 Cancer Council Victoria delivered a net result for the twelve months to 31 December 2017 of $13 million which includes a number of large bequests.
2017 Accumulated Surplus has increased by $12.7 million to $36 million, this will be used for future projects that will enable cancer council Victoria to achieve its strategic Priorities.
|Revenue from transactions||70.8||76.9|
|Expenses from transactions||(68.8)||(66.4)|
|Other economic flows||1.9||2.5|
|Net result from continuing operations||3.9||13.0|
|Total Assets||93.5||106.3 At 31 December 2017, cash held was $3 million and $91 million was held in investments and available to fund Cancer Council’s operating activities. The investment of operational proceeds into investment vehicles provides additional resources for future needs. An investment mandate designed to mitigate exposure to market losses is reviewed annually by management and FRAC members. The investment portfolio is externally managed by Crestone Wealth Management.|
|Cash Flow ($ movement)||(2.3)||(0.2)|
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|Accumulated Surplus & Reserves ($M)||2016||2017|
|Accumulated SurplusIncreased by $12.7 million to $36 million and which includes a number of large bequests. This will support the future work of the Cancer Council, allowing us to invest in further programs to achieve our strategic priorities.||23.3||36.0|
|General ReserveCapital profits arose as a result of sale of land and buildings. These profits are being allocated over time to build the capability of the organisation.||15.3||16.4|
|Research FundThis was created following the receipt of a bequest stipulating funds must be spent on research we are currently funding a number of research projects including the ABC and IMPACT studies.||6.7||4.0|
|External GrantsThere are a number of incomplete projects as at 31 December 2017 which are funded by competitively won grants and contracts. These funds are available to complete the designated projects only.||12.9||13.1|
|Other Restricted FundsDonor funds received for specific projects this has increased by $2.5m due to 2 large bequests received in 2017 which have conditions attached to them.||4.6||7.1|
|Special FundsThis reserve is the capital value of donations & bequests received with conditions that funds are invested and only revenue received on these funds is available for use for specific purposes.||3.6||3.5|
|FVOCI (Fair Value Through Other Comprehensive Income)Recognises unrealised gains and losses in value of investment portfolio.||5.5||4.8|
The 2018 budget includes limited fundraising revenue growth, and focuses on cost control within our mature events to drive improved net revenue.
Fundraising plans for 2018 are to leverage CRM technology, and to investigate and invest in new and innovative fundraising channels.
We set annual budgets to achieve our strategic plan, maintaining business as usual expenditure within available donor & external funding, and funding new projects and capability building from reserves where appropriate. As a result of surpluses in 2017, an additional $3 million will be invested in additional low survival research, obesity and bowel screening programs in 2018.
We constantly monitor revenue and expenditure against budgets and targets, reporting progress to each meeting of the FRAC and Board.
A full set of Cancer Council Victoria financial audited financial statements can be downloaded from our website at www.cancervic.org.au/annual-report.
Jacinda de Witts
Chair, Finance, Risk & Audit Committee