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.

This could be by:

  • 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
  • speaking at events or in some cases doing an interview with media
  • joining committees that steer our programs and research.

By getting involved, you get the opportunity to share your experience, to be heard and in turn give back by providing invaluable insights to improve the cancer experience for other patients.

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


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Issues we’re tackling

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 through our submission report to the  Victorian Cancer Plan 2020-24 that was informed by more than 600 Victorians affected by cancer, cancer clinicians and researchers.

Hear from others who've shared their  cancer stories.

Ways to get involved

“I’ve been lucky, but I wouldn’t wish this on anyone.”

Friday 13 November 2020

Carol was 72 when a regular mammogram revealed a lump and she was diagnosed with HER2 breast cancer. She's faced financial stress as a result of her diagnosis but reached out to Cancer Council for help.

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Is COVID-19 increasing your cancer costs?

Tuesday 8 September 2020

If you're paying more for things like tests, scans, medications, specialists, transport and accommodation, we want to hear from you.

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Thank you for all that you do

Thursday 20 August 2020

Our photo gallery acknowledges the work of our amazing supporters who are dedicated to a cancer free future.

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Your questions and concerns about COVID-19 and cancer

Monday 11 May 2020

We’ve been hearing from people affected by cancer about their COVID-19 related fears. This is some of what they’ve said and how we’ve responded.

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How Victorians' stories will help others

Monday 6 April 2020

People like you are making sure the Victorian Government' policy is shaped by the voices that matter most – people who have been touched by cancer.

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Join our cost of cancer focus group

Tuesday 24 March 2020

Cancer can be expensive. Join our focus group and share your experience to help others and influence change.

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Share your cancer experience with Peter Mac 

Thursday 19 March 2020

Peter Mac’s researchers are looking to learn from your experiences of cancer and treatment to advance the search for cancer cures. Become a community representative - you don’t need a science background.

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Reducing travel costs for patients

Thursday 19 March 2020

As part of our ongoing work to reduce the costs of cancer, Cancer Council Victoria has made a submission to the Parliament of Victoria’s Inquiry into Expanding Melbourne’s Free Tram Zone.

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Teenage cancer patients and adult clinical trials

Thursday 19 March 2020

Cancer Council Victoria supports US  guidelines  being adopted in Australia to increase the access of young Australians to potentially effective therapies and better outcomes.

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