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Our State election priorities 2022

Every day, 31 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in South Australia, and one in two South Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.

Cancer Council SA asks that the next South Australian Government undertakes the following actions to lead us closer to a cancer free future for all South Australians.

Ask One

Beat Cancer Project Funding: Invest $2 million into Cancer Council’s Beat Cancer Project every year for the next three years.

For over 10 years, Cancer Council SA has partnered with SA Health, SAHMRI and South Australia’s universities to provide over $19 million toward ground-breaking cancer research through project grants, research fellowships, scholarships and infrastructure and travel grants through Cancer Council’s Beat Cancer Project.

The Beat Cancer Project has one goal—to bring a cancer free future closer. Cancer Council SA is calling on the State Government to continue investing in research to enable the state’s leading researchers to continue to work towards the next cancer breakthrough.

Ask Two

Reducing the financial burden for rural and remote people with cancer: Increase the PATS rebate to $100 for an individual per night and $115 per couple.

PATS rates have remained unchanged since 2016, despite continued annual increases in CPI across this period, averaging at around 1.8 per cent for Adelaide. Cancer Council SA is calling on the State Government to increase the PATS rebate ensure low-income earners in regional and remote South Australia can receive life-saving treatment which is unavailable close to their homes.

Cancer Council SA Lodge accommodation guests Letchemi and Swee Poh

Cancer Council SA Lodge accommodation guests |  Swee Poh and Letchemi 

Ask Three

Co-fund the Tackling Tobacco Program: Contribute $400,000 over four years to assist with a roll out of the Tackling Tobacco Program across community services in South Australia.

Smoking remains South Australia’s leading cause of preventable death and disease. For many years South Australia had a proud history of funding quit smoking interventions for high smoking populations who required additional support, however over time, these programs and face-to-face interventions attached to them have ended.

Cancer Council SA is calling on the State Government to assist with the roll out of the Tackling Tobacco Program to reduce smoking related harm amongst priority populations.

Cancer Council SA Tackling Tobacco Program

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State Election Priorities 2022

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Our previous advocacy wins

Since Cancer Council SA was formed in 1928, advocacy has played a key role in our mission to invest in cancer research, ensure people are aware of how to prevent cancer and fund support programs for people diagnosed with cancer.

Since 2010, Cancer Council SA’s advocacy focus has been to obtain funding and legislative changes to support and protect South Australians.

Since that time, there have been a number of significant advocacy achievements, spearheaded by Cancer Council SA at the local level and by Cancer Council Australia nationally.

Here are some of our advocacy successes, only made possible through your generous support.

Cancer Council SA Advocacy wins

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