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Our State Election Priorities 2022

There are 31 new cases of cancer diagnosed in South Australia every day, 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.

We know that as a part of the Cancer Council SA community, you may want to advocate your local candidate on our behalf. If you would like to find out more and show your support, we have created a downloadable toolkit, including a letter template that you can share with your local MP.

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Ask One

Cancer Council SA Beat Cancer Project Dr Madele van Dyk

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

Cancer Council SA Lodge accommodation guests Letchemi and Swee Poh

Reducing the financial burden for rural and remote people with cancer: Increase the Passenger Assistance Transport Scheme (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.

Ask Three

Cancer Council SA Tackling Tobacco Program

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 among priority populations.


This State Election, to help you speak to your local MP about how they will reduce the impact of cancer in South Australia we’ve created a list of resources:

Supporter letter to MP - .doc

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State Election Priorities 2022

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Example text for social media - .doc

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Social video - Vote for a cancer free SA - mp4

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Please see a link to video assets which outlines our Election Priorities in greater detail and how they will help lead us towards a cancer free future for every South Australian.

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