Community engagement

Share, help others, give back, be heard

If you or a loved one have had a cancer diagnosis you have ‘lived experience’ which gives your feedback weight and collectively, can influence change, which is an invaluable thing.

While Victoria has some of the best cancer survival outcomes in the world, there are still differences in cancer treatment and inequities in patient experience and survival.

Cancer Council is working to improve cancer outcomes for all Victorians, but we can’t do this alone and need your help. By joining our Community Advisory Network, you get the opportunity to use your experience and be involved in activities that aim to improve the cancer experience for others.

Community Advisory Network


I like getting involved at various levels of the organisation as it helps me understand how the organisation works. It also stimulates my brain.  I want to ensure that the organisation hears the voice of the consumer and community whenever they undertake any activity.”

Naveena, Community Advisory Network member

Our Community Advisory Network has over 170 members who have either had a cancer diagnosis themselves or who have cared for someone who has.

With a range of cancer and treatment experiences, all members have joined so they can use their personal experience to give back, inform the work we do and help to see improved cancer outcomes for other Victorians.

Ways to get involved may include:

  • sharing your story to illustrate your experience with health or support services
  • providing feedback on our cancer information or support services
  • informing research funding decision-making
  • participating in discussion groups on important issues
  • sharing insights to support our policy and advocacy activities
  • speaking at events or in some cases doing an interview with media
  • joining committees that steer our programs and research.

Register your details and we’ll be in touch with opportunities to get involved . 

Get involved

Issues we’re tackling


It doesn’t matter whether you’ve had cancer yourself, having family members with cancer affects you, your family and your friends. By volunteering my time, I feel I can help others”.
Sandra, Community Advisory Network member

Through our policy and advocacy activities we work with clinicians, researchers, community members, governments and policy makers, non-government organisations and cancer agencies to highlight key areas of need and inequity.

Our priorities for urgent action focus on improving outcomes in prevention, early detection, treatment, support and research for all Victorians and include:

  1. providing equitable access to treatment and supportive care
  2. reducing the cost of cancer
  3. preventing and detecting cancer early
  4. improving access to clinical trials.

Learn more about ways you can get involved with our policy and advocacy work here.

Cancer stories

Don't try and do it all on your own

Tuesday 8 August 2023
Rachel was 19 weeks pregnant when she found out she had cancer. The 33 year old office clerk was diagnosed with stage 3, ductal carcinoma when she found a lump on her breast in December 2021. Read more

What doesn't kill us makes us stronger

Stacey-Lee, 28, a part-time nurse, has been diagnosed with cancer three times. She was diagnosed with leukaemia for the first time when she was 3 years old, and then relapsed when she was 7 years old.    Read more

"I never thought cancer would be my story"

Thursday 22 June 2023
When Nicole was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was terrified of the pain her family would be put through watching her fight for her life. Read more