Cancer Australia aims to enable people affected by cancer to access quality support and to better support each other.
There are many hundreds of consumer support and advocacy groups, and cancer charities across Australia. Here we provide links only to those that are national consumer organisations and the peak community-funded organisations. In most cases you can find links to state and territory or more special interest groups on their websites, provided below.
Community-funded Cancer Councils in each state and territory:
- undertake and fund cancer research;
- implement programs and campaigns to prevent and control cancer; and
- provide information and support for people affected by cancer.
The national body, Cancer Council Australia, provides advice on practices and policies to help prevent, detect and treat cancer, and advocates for people affected by cancer for best treatment and supportive care.
Australia’s Cancer Councils are the recognised leaders in providing support and other resources for people affected by cancer. Cancer Australia is working with Cancer Councils across Australia to build support networks. We are also working with the many other organisations that aim to address issues specific to people affected by different types of cancer to improve support options.
For more information about support options in your state or territory, visit the website of the relevant Cancer Council listed below or call the Cancer Council on 13 11 20 (a local call from anywhere in Australia).
- Cancer Council ACT
- Cancer Council NSW
- Cancer Council NT
- Cancer Council QLD
- Cancer Council SA
- Cancer Council TAS
- Cancer Council Victoria
- Cancer Council WA
Other cancer consumer and community-funded cancer organisations
Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is the peak national organisation for Australians personally affected by breast cancer. It works to ensure that Australians diagnosed with breast cancer and their families receive the best information, treatment, care and support possible.
Cancer Voices Australia is a national consumer advocacy organisation representing Australians affected by cancer. It aims to ensure the voices of people, their carers and families affected by cancer are heard at a national level.
There are also Cancer Voices organisations in most states and territories.
CanTeen - The Australian Organisation for Young People Living with Cancer is the national support organisation for young people (aged 12-24) living with cancer.
The Leukaemia Foundation is the national organisation dedicated to the care and cure of people living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and other related blood disorders, and to providing support for their families.
Lung Foundation Australia is the national consumer advocacy organisation, representing Australians affected by lung disease.
The Myeloma Foundation of Australia provides information and support to people affected by myeloma.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) funds all forms of research into the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.
Ovarian Cancer Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation providing support and advocacy for people affected by ovarian cancer, and is the peak body for ovarian cancer awareness and prevention.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is the national body for prostate cancer in Australia. It funds research and other efforts to reduce the impact of prostate cancer on the community.
The Pancreatic Cancer Alliance is a collaborative voice raising awareness of pancreatic cancer in Australia. Cancer Australia is a Member of the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance, other members include:
- Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation
- Garvan Institute of Medical Research
- GI Cancer Instutute
- Pancare Foundation