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April 2017


Message from Cancer Council NSW CEO, Jeff Mitchell

rounded_corners jeff picI’m excited to let you know that last week we launched our new Volunteer Learning Hub. This is a place for all our volunteers, where you can find a range of learning resources on topics like cancer literacy, communication, cultural awareness, and project management. I encourage you all to take a minute to explore the site.

The Volunteer Learning Hub is something that we’ve developed in response to feedback from our Volunteer Engagement Survey in 2015, which highlighted an interest in more training opportunities for volunteers. Feedback from this survey also helped us develop some other initiatives, like our Volunteer Benefits Package and new recruitment and on-boarding processes. Volunteers play a vital role in everything we do at Cancer Council NSW and we want to make sure you get as much as possible out of your time volunteering with us.

Our 2017 Volunteer Engagement Survey will be launching in the next few weeks. The results this time around will help us understand how you feel about volunteering with us and what more can be improved. It’ll help us work on some more great initiatives, to make Cancer Council NSW an even better place to volunteer.

Stay tuned for more information about it – I’m looking forward to hearing from you.


Cronulla 2017 Local Woman of the Year

2.LocalWomanoftheYear.100911The 2017 Cronulla Local Woman of the Year Award was presented to Alison Todd on 6 March. Alison was recognised for her 26 years of voluntary services with Cancer Council NSW.

Having lost her husband, father and a very close friend to cancer, Alison believes that volunteering can make a significant difference in the lives of those affected by cancer. She is a Community Speaker, an Advocate and a MP Liaison at Cancer Council NSW, working passionately to improve the journey for all people in NSW affected by cancer.

“I am very proud to be named Cronulla 2017 Local Woman of The Year. Having lived most of my life in the area, I feel a strong connection to this community.

“When my late husband died of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in 1990 I began selling daffodils on Daffodil Day to raise funds for Cancer Council NSW and in 2016 I managed the Daffodil Day site at Cronulla.

“Now much of my time is spent as a Cancer Council NSW advocate, working passionately on our campaign, ‘I Care For Palliative Care’, ensuring every person with a life-limiting cancer receives the best specialist palliative care when needed,” said Alison.


Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea 2017

ABMT Collage VVAustralia’s Biggest Morning Tea (ABMT) is back for its 24th year and the official day is Thursday 25 May.

GATHER, SHARE, GIVE is this year’s theme, so please ask your networks to gather friends, family or colleagues, share a cuppa and some tasty treats and give their support to Cancer Council.

The official launch took place last week at Luna Park, bringing together top supporters from 2016, ABMT ambassadors, and Cancer Council NSW staff. We were also joined by Jim Wilson from Channel 7, and special guests Will and Steve, winners of My Kitchen Rules 2015.

Long time ABMT host, 86 year old Ada Staader, was the star of the event, inspiring everyone in the room with stories from her 17 years of hosting morning teas.

You can register for your morning tea at and you’ll receive a host kit to help plan the day, including some yummy recipes like Cherry and Hazelnut Friands created by celebrity chef Poh Ling Yeow.

For more information, contact Vicky Mei Yee Fong


Help change the future of palliative care in NSW

When our loved ones are diagnosed with a terminal illness they deserve the best possible care and support.

But, right now, that’s not always possible because there is a shortage of specialist palliative care in NSW.

This April, Cancer Council NSW is asking cancer patients, carers and families to call our 13 11 20 Information and Support Service and share their experiences of advanced and terminal cancer.

The information we collect will help paint a picture of the significant difference that palliative care staff make to people’s lives, as well as identify the gaps in access to palliative care and the impact this has on the community.

Cancer Council NSW knows how difficult a terminal cancer diagnosis can be so the information collected will also help inform and strengthen the information and support services we provide to people with advanced or terminal cancer across NSW.

Are you living with an advanced or terminal cancer? Have a friend or loved one who has experienced advanced or terminal cancer, or accessed palliative care, in the last five years?

Call 13 11 20 during April from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) or on Thursdays during the extended hours of 8am – 6pm. If you’re unable to call 13 11 20 you can also share your experience online at


Palliative care and cancer

What is palliative care?

The palliative care team

Key questions about palliative care

Treatment and palliative care

Palliative care for young people

Palliative care stories


Regional News

Metro Sydney

Greater Western Sydney

Hunter Central Coast

Northern NSW

Western NSW

Southern NSW



Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon


Distance:      21.1km run
When:          Sunday 21 May 2017
Where:         Sydney

Feel the buzz and join thousands of runners in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon!

Put your mental and physical limits to the test and do something positive for a good cause. Simply pick Cancer Council NSW as your chosen charity and fundraise to help beat cancer.

This popular event is fast approaching – don’t miss out, sign up now!

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Blog – Australia should throw its weight behind a sugar tax

rounded_corners sugary drinksOur Cancer Programs Director, Kathy Chapman, has written a blog about a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.

The push for a levy on sugar-sweetened beverages is gaining momentum, with good reason – evidence shows it would help to reduce Australia’s obesity epidemic and the flow-on increase in chronic disease burden.

Sugar-sweetened beverages are energy-dense, nutrient-poor and a major contributor to obesity and diet-related illness, particularly among children and socially disadvantaged groups who already experience higher levels of preventable illness.

We know that there are 11 types of cancer linked to obesity. Cancer Council research shows that almost 4,000 cancer cases each year are linked to weight alone. Another 1,800 cases a year are linked to physical inactivity and 7,000 Australian cancer cases each year are linked to poor diet. If we don’t act now these numbers will continue to grow.

A tax on sugar-sweetened beverages is not the only solution, but the evidence is clear that it is part of the solution. Read the full article here.


Relay (almost) all year round

RFL logoFrom February to November, thousands of Australians participate in over 200 Relays across Australia.

Some people Relay For Life in memory of a loved one lost to cancer.

Some do it to show how proud they are at having survived cancer.

Some do it to show how strong they are.

And some simply want to be involved and make a difference.

Whatever your reason, you’ll never forget your first Relay experience!



March 2017


Message from Cancer Council NSW CEO, Jeff Mitchell

Jeff Mitchell_CEO Cancer Council NSW_loHi everyone,

The Autumn Relay For Life season has officially kicked off and it’s set to be a big season. About a week ago I attended my very first Relay, and the first Relay of the season, at Shellharbour on the South Coast.

I was overwhelmed by the commitment of our community at this event, and the stories they all shared. I found out first-hand what fun and unique events they are – not only for raising much needed funds, but also bringing people from all walks of life together, rain or shine! Thank you to our committees, volunteers and supporters who contribute so much to each Relay.

Did you know we recently awarded $6 million in funding to cancer research projects and researchers? Every year we fund external research projects and we celebrated this last week at our annual Research Awards. You can read more about this below.

Cancer Council NSW is proud to be one of the largest non-government funders of cancer research in Australia, and these projects enable us to help so many people affected by cancer. This work wouldn’t be possible without people like you.

Best wishes,


Outrun Cancer


We are teaming up again with Outrun Cancer for the Corporate Treadmill Marathon.

On Friday 24 March, more than 25 corporate teams across Sydney will be running to complete a marathon with their team and raise funds for Cancer Council.


‘I Care for Palliative Care’ Launches in Orange and Dubbo

2.IcareForPalliativeCare_Western.111304Our ‘I Care For Palliative Care’ campaign is in full swing, with advocates pushing for more palliative care doctors and nurses, and culturally appropriate care for Aboriginal people. Already, volunteers and staff from across the state have secured pledges of support from over half the Members of Parliament in NSW, organised 20 local campaign launches, and kept the issue front and centre in the media.

Like their colleagues across the state, many dedicated staff and volunteers in our Orange office have been working hard to ensure their local communities know about palliative care and the Cancer Council NSW campaign. The office has worked regularly with local media outlets, and news of the campaign has been broadcast across all TV channels in the Central West, all radio stations and all local papers.

The campaign was launched in Orange with significant local support. Locals shared their stories, signed the pledge and found out all about the Cancer Council NSW campaign and how it will benefit their community.

The campaign moved to Dubbo next, with local MP Troy Grant coming along to share in the campaign. Then the campaign went on the road to Mudgee where the local community, GPs and palliative care staff meet at the Mudgee Medical Centre to hear how they could support the campaign.

With Palliative Care week coming up in May, now’s the time for us to show just how many people support our calls for the Minister for Health to improve access to palliative care. Already, over 6000 people have pledge their support, will you join them?


Every Cancer Story Should Be Heard

Dylan BrownDylan Brown was only four months old when he was operated on, after being diagnosed with a rare liver tumour when he was born.

“Today, Dylan is 15 and is beautiful inside and out. We’re so lucky to have him. I’ve given his medical records to research and his tumour and biopsy tissue have been donated so scientists can study it.

“I believe that the only reason we have him today is because of research and trials.” Dylan’s Mum, Michelle


Do It For Cancer… and Shave Your Hair

shave-hair picShave, cut, wax or colour your hair to help beat cancer!

It’s simple! Choose a date, location and host an event to lose your locks.

Not so hairy? Wax your legs or facial hair or colour your hair to stand out from the crowd!

Click here to learn more and order your Free ‘Host a Head Shave’ event kit.


Cancer Council NSW awards nearly $6 million to ground-breaking cancer research

Cancer Council Research Awards 2017

Cancer Council NSW is excited to announce that nearly $6 million has been awarded to 15 ground-breaking cancer research projects.

The grants help fund future breakthroughs in cancer research, with 15 of Australia’s leading research teams paving the way for new ways to treat the disease. The project grants were announced and awarded at Cancer Council NSW’s annual Research Awards, held on Wednesday 1 March at Westpac’s Barangaroo Tower in Sydney.

We are excited to be able to fund pioneering new ways to treat cancer – our project grant recipients are all extraordinary scientists who do essential and highly innovative work. As an organisation that is 96% community funded, these grants truly have been made possible by the community.

Learn more about the grant recipients.


How Australia’s new cervical screening program will save lives


This year, the National Cervical Screening Program is due to change to a new, more effective program and these changes are a positive move in cancer screening and women’s health.

Researchers at Cancer Council have played a big role in helping to inform these changes, confirming that they are safe, and that they will provide even better outcomes for Australian women.

Evidence shows that the incoming changes will reduce cervical cancer incidence and mortality by at least 20%, and require fewer tests over a woman’s lifetime.

If you want to learn more about the changes, read our blog post by our Director of Research, Karen Canfell here.


Click on this banner to shop for Cancer Council NSW approved sun protection products online

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Locate a Cancer Council NSW shop here.


Improve your long game

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‘Improve your long game’ is a program funded by Cancer Council NSW and Cancer Institute NSW encouraging golfers of all ages to use sun protection and reduce their risk of melanoma every time they play.

Why? Golfers experience high levels of sun exposure, due to:

* Long periods spent outside in peak UV times (11am – 3pm)
* Limited shaded areas on golf courses
* Many surfaces (grass, sand and water) which reflect UV
* Less emphasis on sun protection, compared to cricketers with their zinc, wrap-around sunnies and broad-brim hats.


Regional News

Metro Sydney

Greater Western Sydney

Hunter Central Coast

Northern NSW

Western NSW

Southern NSW


Work and cancer

Workplace cancer fact sheets

Healthy workplace guide

Skin cancer the biggest workplace risk

Working after cancer

Key questions about cancer and work

Cancer questions and myths



Contact us

Email or call 13 11 20 for volunteer enquiries.

Forward all feedback and contributions to

You can also contact any of the Cancer Council NSW Regional Offices.



Earlier editions of Volunteer Voice for 2017 can be found here.