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Our history

The 2000s

From the 2000 Annual Report:

"The decision in 1998 to purchase additional office space at 100 Drummond St, Carlton, reflects the growth of the research programs and expertise of the organisation. This building now houses all our cancer research and prevention programs, which are collectively called the Anti-Cancer Council's Cancer Control Research Institute - a world first.

The Honourable Rob Knowles, Minister for Health, opened the building on 17 February 1999. Those present were addressed by Professor Emeritus Sir Gustav Nossal and the Director of our Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer, Professor David Hill, who explained the strategic importance of the Institute and the exciting stage we are at in cancer control research in Victoria and Australia."

In 2000 the Australian playwright Alan Hopgood AM began working with the Cancer Council in our men's health seminars, speaking about his experience as a survivor of prostate cancer.

From the 2002 Annual Report - a new name and logo

"Early in 2002 we introduced a new logo featuring the daffodil. The daffodil has been associated with the worldwide cancer community since the early 1990s. The Canadian Cancer Society first used the daffodil as a symbol of hope. In Canada, the daffodil is the first flower to emerge from the snow in spring and the symbol is now used in New Zealand, the UK, the US and Australia.

The change to our name and logo has been made to bring Victoria in line with our sister organisations in other states and territories, and nationally. The Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria will continue to be our legally constituted name under the Cancer Act."

Professor Donald Metcalf2004

Professor Emeritus Donald Metcalf 's groundbreaking work in colony stimulating factors (CSFs) is honoured by the Cancer Council, which has supported his research for more than 50 years. At least 4 million people worldwide are estimated to have received CSFs as part of their cancer treatment.


Professor David Hill AM , PhD Director of the Cancer Council, announces that the Cancer Council has invested $175 million in cancer research in its 70-year history. Professor Hill is also voted President Elect of the International Union Against Cancer, a role he will fulfil in addition to his directorship of The Cancer Council Victoria. Read more about  Professor David Hill.

Professor David Hill


Doreen Akkerman AM, Director of our Cancer Information and Support Service, is made a Member of the Order of Australia on Australia Day for her work with cancer patients and their families.


Claire Oliver The Victorian government moved to strictly regulate the solarium industry after a very public campaign led by the Cancer Council and Clare Oliver. The new regulations meant solarium operators must be licensed, display health warnings and meet several strict operative laws or face substantial fines.


Our Director, Professor David Hill, was honored with an Australia Day award for his work fighting cancer in Victoria, nationally and internationally. Professor Hill would retire in 2011 after 47 years at Cancer Council Victoria.