Cancer consumer organisations unite under the one cover
The Australian Cancer Consumer Network (ACCN) was launched at Parliament House in November 2014, forming the first time an umbrella organisation to represent cancer consumer groups.
The ACCN unites 30 cancer consumer groups for a bigger voice as well as to share information, experiences and action techniques. It is facilitated by Cancer Voices Australia.
The ACCN can speak to decision-makers with one voice when necessary, especially in a time of increasing pressures on our health system, greater need than ever before to access treatments for people with cancer.
Cancer Voices Australia Chair Sally Crossing AM was excited about what this will mean for Australians living with cancer and the organisations that support them.
"Bringing us all together like this for the first time is empowering and will give us a united approach in providing information to consumers.
"It shows that our representatives are connected to the needs and ideas of people affected by cancer – now the greatest cause of Australian deaths," Ms Crossing said.
An estimated 128,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year, with that number set to rise to 150,000 by 2020.
The launch of the Australian Cancer Consumer Network coincided with the twentieth anniversary of the Australian cancer consumer movement and the release of the Who's Who Directory of cancer consumer groups.