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

Help reduce the cost of cancer

Thursday 31 October 2019

If the financial cost of cancer has adversely affected you, please join our advocacy work to help others.

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Your feedback’s been invaluable

Thursday 31 October 2019

Thank you very much to everyone who participated in the survey and workshops we held as part of our submission to the Victorian Cancer Plan. Find out what’s happening next.

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Use your cancer experience to help others

Thursday 31 October 2019

If you’re a cancer patient or carer, leading research institutes Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute and Monash University need your help to improve cancer outcomes.

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Have your say

Wednesday 24 July 2019

What can the government do to better support Victorians impacted by cancer? We're in the final stage of public consultations for the Victorian Cancer Plan 2020-24. If you’ve had cancer or been a carer, please fill out our short survey by Sunday 28 July.

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Cancer patients slugged out-of-pocket costs for dental care

Wednesday 24 July 2019

Australians diagnosed with cancer are being hit by thousands of dollars in hidden out-of-pocket costs for dental care during and after treatment. Cancer Council Victoria is highlighting this issue on World Head and Neck Cancer Day.

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Unpacking the costs of cancer

Monday 29 April 2019

The financial burden of cancer has been discussed at length during this year’s federal election campaign. But what are the costs of cancer, and the impact on cancer patients and their families?

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Clinical Trials: what to know and who to ask

Thursday 9 August 2018

Join our free webinar on Tuesday 28 August at 6pm to get a better understanding of why clinical trials are important and what it means to get involved. We will explore common myths around participation and discuss the important role of trials in cancer care. If you are not available on the night, still register to receive a link to the webinar after the event.

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Help us evaluate the Victorian Cancer Trials Link website

Tuesday 13 March 2018

Clinical trials are a gold standard treatment option, yet many people find the decision of whether to participate in a clinical trial a challenging one. Of those newly diagnosed with cancer in Victoria, only 6% are recruited into clinical trials. To increase patient access to and information about clinical trials, Cancer Council Victoria has recently improved the Victorian Cancer Trials Link website.

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New medical decision making laws webinar

Thursday 16 February 2017
The way Victorians plan for medical treatment decision making and advance care planning has now changed with introduction of the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016. A free webinar on how these changes impact you and your family will be held on Tuesday 21 February, available on any computer or mobile device. Read more
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