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Smoke signals: retailers may face tough new restrictions

[26.4.14] Mandatory licences and other tough restrictions on tobacco retailers could come into place after the state government convened a taskforce to examine how the drug should be sold in NSW. The taskforce was set up only months after a Cancer Council NSW sting found one in four retailers were breaking the rules and the system [...]

Sydney Alliance City Assembly – Bridging Sydney

A first hand account of what it was like to be part of the Cancer Council delegation at the Sydney Alliance City Assembly, held at the Town Hall on 26 March, 2014… Walking down Williams St wearing a bright yellow t-shirt, following a person holding aloft a bright yellow pompom, it’s easy to find yourself [...]

High profile support to reduce tobacco availability

[7.4.14]  Cancer Council NSW has recruited high profile members of the community to support their ‘Harmful not Helpful’ campaign to reduce the availability of tobacco across the state. Late last week Mid-Western Region Council Mayor Cr Des Kennedy and Local Member Andrew Gee MP added their names and faces to the photo petition. Cancer Council [...]

Bowel cancer: why raising awareness is our best hope

[2.4.14] How much more “awareness” of breast cancer is needed? Is there any other cancer that people are more aware of? Let’s be bold and shift the cancer awareness spotlight to where the sun doesn’t shine, for just a moment. Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in Australia – more deaths [...]

Palliative Care petition debated in Parliament

[27.3.14] The latest 10,000 signatures on Dr Yvonne McMaster’s petition to increase funding for palliative care in NSW were discussed and debated in NSW Parliament today. Overall, the response was quite lackluster – nice words but no concrete promises. The Health Minister said that by the end of June every Local Health District (LHD) in NSW will [...]

Hospitals resist calls to drop parking rates for cancer patients and carers

[16.3.14] Inner Sydney hospitals have had a million-dollar boost to car park profits, but are resisting calls from cancer support groups to drop expensive parking rates for frail patients undergoing debilitating treatment. One hundred cancer patients at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital have told horror stories of the financial strain to them, and their carers, of [...]

Meeting Daniel Hunter, author of Strategy & Soul

[28.2.14] Manager of the Policy & Advocacy Team, Anita Tang reflects on meeting Daniel Hunter at the recent Sydney Campaigners Network and shares with us insights from his work… I read Strategy & Soul in 2013 and have been recommending it to everyone with an interest in campaigning and organising. The first person narrative gives the [...]

Do you believe no-one should miss out on vital health care because they don’t have transport?

Support FAIRbruary and tell the NSW Government you want a better funded and more coordinated health transport system… As we know, many people with cancer experience problems getting to and from health services and transport to treatment has been an issue close to our hearts for many years. While there have been improvements to the [...]

The role of public health advocacy in achieving a ban on commercial tanning beds in Australia

Although many countries still face opposition to the legislation of artificial tanning beds, all Australian states and territories have announced a total ban on commercial tanning beds. A combination of epidemiological and policy-centered research, powerful personal stories, and the active advocacy of prominent academics, cancer organisations, and grassroots community campaigners contributed to the decisions to [...]