Bowel Cancer Australia
Bowel Cancer Australia is the leading national charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and the best care for everyone affected by bowel cancer.
Our vision is to have an everlasting impact on our health future – one where no Australian dies from bowel cancer and all those diagnosed receive the support they need.
Founded in 2000, Bowel Cancer Australia has grown significantly in the scope of its activities. However, it is still driven by a small core team of staff and volunteers. Proudly 100% community-funded, Bowel Cancer Australia receives no government funding.
Bowel Cancer Australia makes real change happen across the entire continuum of care to help prevent, detect and manage bowel cancer. It has earned a leading role in these activities while working with health organisations, government, business and volunteers to further leverage its efforts and results.
The charity recently realising a long-term goal of funding the $10.4 million Lawrence Penn Chair of Bowel Cancer Research with the University of Sydney.
Initiatives such as Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, BowelScreen Australia® and Get Your Rear in Gear program raise awareness among health professionals and the community about the importance of early detection and intervention in the successful treatment of bowel cancer.
The charity's continues to support patients and loved ones living with bowel cancer through our Bowel Care Nurses, Nutritionist and Peer-to-Peer Support Network, as well as through the development of a global standard set of patient-reported outcome measurements (PROMs).
In recognition of excellence in commitment and success in a health-focused mission, Bowel Cancer Australia was awarded NGO of the Year at the 2017 PRIME Annual Awards. Nomination and selection of a winner for the award was made by members of the healthcare industry, who gather each year to recognise the best and most effective work in Australian healthcare and pharmaceuticals.
Recognition as NGO of the Year is testament to the consistently high standard of work and services provided by Bowel Cancer Australia and the charity’s sincere commitment to championing what matters most to people affected by bowel cancer, across the continuum of care.
This is the third time Bowel Cancer Australia has been recognised by PRIME for excellence. In 2014, the charity received the Corporate Social Responsibility Award along with Bayer Australia for the My Cancer My Voice campaign. In 2016, Bowel Cancer Australia and Princeton Digital were honoured for Excellence in Patient/Customer Support, following the release of the bowel cancer app.
Bowel Cancer Australia continues to lead the call for the expansion of the National Screening Program to comply with medical guidelines; timely access to colonoscopy; and better availability to affordable treatments, including biomarker testing and precision medicine.
Determined to create positive change, Bowel Cancer Australia continues to work with national and international stakeholders on a range of campaigns covering bowel cancer prevention and screening, early detection and diagnosis, treatment, recovery, care and support.
Bowel Cancer Australia is grateful to the many people who do a fantastic job in raising funds for our charity, and we are also indebted to our Patrons, Ambassadors and corporate partners who provide invaluable support for our work.
Please support Bowel Cancer Australia to help save lives and to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with bowel cancer.