February 2016



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CEO Update

I hope you are all having a great start to 2016.

2015 was a great year, and I want to thank you once again for your support.

We would not be able to do what we do without your help, which is why we took the opportunity at the end of last year to personally call and thank many of our volunteers, donors and numerous others who supported us over the year.

2016 is set to be an even better year for Cancer Council NSW.

We have a new Chair of the Cancer Council NSW Board, Mark Phillips, who was appointed in December 2015.

Mark has been a Board member since 2013 and takes over from Bruce Hodgkinson.

We’re always looking for ways to improve your volunteering experience at Cancer Council NSW, and this year we will be reviewing volunteer benefits and recognition and rolling out new initiatives by June 2016.

We will continue working collaboratively and efficiently across the organisation, to make best use of our time, skill base and resources.

I’m excited about the year ahead and look forward to working with you all.

Jim L’Estrange


Annual Report 2014/15

Cancer Council NSW Annual ReportOur 2014/15 Annual Report is a snapshot of our achievements.

In its pages, we are able to share just some of the stories and successes from the past year.

These are not just Cancer Council NSW’s stories – they reflect a community who shares the vision thattogether we will beat cancer.

There are things that we can all do every day to help make this happen.

Every year in NSW alone, more than 37,500 new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed, and the impact on families, carers and communities is significant.

Together with our volunteers, supporters, stakeholders and staff, we are committed to reducing the impact of cancer on individuals and the community, and to lessening the burden for people affected by cancer.

We are the only organisation that works across every area of every cancer:
• conducting and funding world‑classresearch that underpins our work
across the cancer journey
preventing cancer
supporting people as they navigate the cancer journey
advocating to ensure that governments take action on cancer.



Volunteer engagement survey action plan update

You may remember that last year we ran our annual volunteer engagement survey and focus groups to ensure that we continue to improve the experience for Cancer Council NSW volunteers.

We received great feedback from you and have been working on an action plan to address the survey areas of change management, involvement and learning and development.

Here are few of the actions items already being implemented:

  • You told us that you would like to be more involved and hear more about the day-to-day happenings at Cancer Council NSW (e.g. staff changes, updates on programs and events, and volunteering opportunities). To address this, we’re now sending the Weekly News and Community Spotlight e-newsletters to all regular volunteers, as well as the existing Volunteer Voice and regional e-newsletters. We know that not all volunteers will want to receive these extra pieces of communication though, so it’s simple to unsubscribe at the bottom of the e-newsletters if you don’t wish to receive these.
  • To provide greater availability and flexibility of learning opportunities, we’ve already launched two online learning modules through our new Moodle platform, and a third will be launching in early March. We’ll also be sourcing new ways to deliver learning in regional areas like webinars and through local training providers.


Regional News

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Smoking? Quit!

Download this information sheet with quitting techniques and helpful tips.

Resources to help you quit.

Visit here to learn more about smoking and cancer prevention.

Calculate how much you can save by quitting.


Women and Cancer

Cancer checks for women infographicAbout 53,000 Australian women are diagnosed with cancer each year.

The most common cancers are breast, bowel, melanoma and lung cancer.

The risk for a woman being diagnosed with cancer before age 75 is 1 in 4, and before age 85 is 1 in 3.

The good news is that there are steps you can take to reduce your chances of getting cancer, or to help find cancer early when there is a greater likelihood of a cure.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for Aboriginal women, accounting for 25% of all cancer cases.

If you are diagnosed with cancer, you might find it helpful to talk to a woman who has had a similar experience.


Free CanAct two-day training workshop

CanAct advocacy training groupOur free two-day training workshop – in conjunction with Cancer Voices NSW – Friday 26 and Saturday 27 February, is a great opportunity to connect with other like-minded people and develop your advocacy skills.


In the news

Sydney Morning Herald: ‘Healthy’ smoothies worse than Big Macs

ABC News: Skin cancer researchers carry out ‘world-first’ trials of personalised radiation treatment

SBS: Concerns over lolly-flavoured e-cigarettes

9News: Breakthrough leukaemia protein ‘handbrake’ discovery

SBS: Participation in the government’s National Bowel Cancer Screening Program


What’s happening next month

Enlistmarch-charge-2016-200x200 to push yourself this March and run at least 1/3 FURTHER/FASTER/HARDER!

Run all the kilometres you can and join with others to obliterate cancer once and for all!

Since 1/3 of cancers can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle, in 2015 we introduced The March Charge:

• to encourage the community to run all of the kilometres they can during the month of March;

• and raise money to aid cancer research, prevention programs and support services.

The March Charge returns in 2016. Move over cancer.