Unite 4 Change

Inspire : Learn : Act

Hailed as a huge success, the very first Unite 4 Change was held in May 2012 with over 100 community members coming together to:

  • Be inspired by others involved in community cancer campaigns;
  • Learn about current advocacy issues in cancer and decide on the first Cancer Council advocacy campaign for 2012/13; and,
  • Shape campaign priorities and plans for future advocacy actions.

Highlights of the two days included the participation of ten Aboriginal delegates, a super panel discussion led by Adam Spencer, and a showcasing of some successful campaigns by experienced volunteer advocates. Delegates also had the opportunity to meet as regional groups for future action planning.

On day two, delegates travelled to NSW Parliament House in Macquarie Street to conduct individual meetings with 34 parliamentarians, presenting Cancer Council NSW key advocacy agenda items for 2012, and most importantly, to demonstrate how community members care about cancer issues and have the determination necessary to act for change.

Here is a snapshot of what people said about the event…

I was amazed at the variety of places people came from, many were new to advocacy but had other ties to Cancer Council NSW. We should get lots more advocates from it as they saw advocacy and Cancer Council NSW showcased brilliantly.

It was fantastic to learn more about the great campaigns Cancer Council NSW is running and to meet people across the organisation and wider community. It was a very enjoyable and inspiring couple of days and it was great to be a part of it.

It was a wonderful two days. I was even more inspired by the great work undertaken by the Cancer Council but also by its many volunteers and advocates.

It was a pleasure to be involved, really was – great vibe in the room. I’m still stunned that people are THAT driven to give up their time and travel interstate for a cause they believe in, it’s really impressive and inspiring. And congrats to everyone who worked on the event itself behind the scenes, really felt like an open environment.


Unite 4 Change

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Dr Andew Penman, AM, CEO – Cancer Council NSW

Insights into campaigning, particularly in relation to community engagement and grassroots mobilisation. Facilitated by Adam Spencer (ABC).
Watch Introduction | Panel Discussion

John Della Bosca
Head of the Every Australian Counts campaign, building a national social movement for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Lindsay Soutar
Head of the 100% Renewable campaign, which uses a community organising model to connect groups and individuals around Australia in a united campaign around government investment in renewable energy.
Watch | Presentation [PDF]

Penny Fannin
From the Walter and Eliza Institute of Medical Research, one of the driving forces behind the Discoveries Need Dollars campaign, protecting government funding for research.
Watch | Presentation [PDF]

Tim Duddy
Leader of the Caroona Coal Action group, a community group protecting the rights of farmers on the Liverpool Plains.

Experienced cancer advocates will share the secrets of their successful campaigns including:

Jay Allen – Banning Solariums
Watch | Presentation [PDF]

James Butler – Parking at Westmead Hospital

Michelle Collins – Access to treatment: community transport
Watch | Presentation [PDF]

Liz Hing – Hands up for a Smoke-Free North Sydney
Watch | Presentation [PDF]

Sue Ellen Yates – Chemotherapy Co-payments

Narelle Langfield – Access to oncologist in regional NSW campaign