November 2016

Message from Cancer Council NSW CEO, Jeff Mitchell

Jeff Mitchell_CEO Cancer Council NSW_loThis is my first of many messages in Volunteer Voice.

It’s been a big help that I’m already familiar with the organisation. Many of you would know that I was on the Cancer Council NSW Board for the last 18 months, and I am really looking forward to the time ahead as CEO.

In the past few weeks, I have been spending quite a bit of time getting to know different teams around head office. And I am really looking forward to getting to know you – our volunteers – too.

If you see me around, please say hello. I look forward to being in touch.

smoking history

To have the best chance of quitting and staying a non-smoker, you need to know what you’re up against, what your options are, and where to go for help. No matter what stage you’re at with your quitting, whether you’re thinking, ready or trying to stay quit, you’ll find the information you need here.

The ‘Make Smoking History’ campaign was established by Cancer Council WA in 2000 with the goal to reduce smoking.


Providing financial and legal support to cancer patients

legal_financial2Increasing cancer incidence, decreasing mortality and increasing survival rates mean that more people are now living with, and after, a cancer diagnosis.

This places a greater focus on the intense financial, emotional and practical consequences associated with cancer.

An estimated 60% of people affected by cancer face distress from legal and financial challenges, in addition to health concerns. Many people are unable to access professional services due to cost, illness or other barriers.

The results of these unmet needs are often higher levels of stress and worry, financial burden and poorer wellbeing.

To address this gap, Cancer Council NSW established a National Pro Bono Program, which provides free legal, financial, small business and workplace advisory services to eligible candidates.


Volunteer Manager Profile

michelle for webpagePro Bono Case Manager Michelle Smerdon, (right) in action with one of the Pro Bono Program volunteers, Kristie Stewart (left).

We recently asked Michelle a few questions about being a Volunteer Manager at Cancer Council NSW:

How long have you been at Cancer Council NSW and what have you enjoyed most?

This week will be my one year anniversary working at Cancer Council NSW.

My favourite part of my job is working with such passionate and motivated (and fun!) people. We have an awesome mix of volunteers and staff members in the team, and we are constantly collaborating and working together to assist people through the program – it’s a much better environment than working in a law firm!

Read Michelle’s complete interview here.


Cancer Council Research Highlights 2015/16

research page picAt Cancer Council NSW, we have a unique relationship with the community.

Thanks to their support, we continue to be one of the largest non-government funders of cancer research in Australia.

As an evidence-based organisation, research helps us prioritise the areas where we can have the greatest impact and underpins our prevention, information and support and advocacy programs.

Read about our achievements in ‘Research Highlights 2015/16’ here.


Healthy Tip


When it comes to what’s healthier and most nutritious, products can be hard to gauge. There are stars, information panels, health claims and a host of other things to consider.

We’re told these things are designed to make it easy for consumers to make healthy choices, and we agree they can assist, provided you’re informed. Here’s our everyday guide to reading food labels.


one job

5 November 2016 was International Volunteer Managers Day. The purpose of International Volunteer Managers Day is to recognise volunteer managers and their roles in the mobilisation and support of the world’s volunteers.

The theme for this year’s International Volunteers Managers Day was ‘Volunteer Management. One Job. Many Hats’.

The theme reflects the multidimensional skill base that volunteer managers have to develop to be truly effective in their roles. It also speaks a lot about how volunteer leadership is such a critical part of so many spheres of society.

Please join us in recognising all of our volunteer managers who wear many hats at Cancer Council NSW.


Regional News

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In the news

Cancer Council NSW’s PR team distributes a daily summary of cancer stories that are gaining attention in the media that day.

This is a useful resource to stay up-to-date with news relevant to Cancer Council NSW staff, volunteers and supporters across research, prevention, advocacy, support and fundraising.

To subscribe to the daily cancer news, please email with the subject Subscribe.

For a preview of the range of stories covered on a daily basis, visit here.


Contact us

Email or call 13 11 20 for volunteer enquiries.

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