2010 - Our free SunSmart app launched nationwide, providing Australians with real-time UV rating updates in their location.
Our Make Smoking History ‘Target 15' campaign goal was reached with smoking prevalence reduced by 15% amongst West Australian adults.
The Federal Government announced a 25% increase in tobacco excise and fire-safe cigarettes became compulsory in Australia.
We established our PhD Top Up Scholarships to enable outstanding PhD students to pursue full-time study.
2011 - We helped to fund a study called, ‘A Whispered Sort of Stuff', which explored Aboriginal peoples experiences of cancer in WA.
Our Find Cancer Early Campaign was established to improve cancer outcomes for regional West Australians. The findings from the 2009 Improving Rural Cancer Outcomes (IRCO) research project, which examined poorer cancer outcomes for regional West Australians compared with metropolitan patients, were instrumental in the development of the campaign.
Together with the Heart Foundation, Asthma Foundation WA, Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA, Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Australian Council on Smoking and Health we ran a full-page advertisement in the West Australian headlined ‘plainly the right decision,' congratulating the Federal Government and Parliament on passing legislation for tobacco plain packaging.
2012 - We commissioned a report which showed that sun related injury at work had cost Australian employers $38 million over the past decade.
We funded Professor Anna Nowak's research project exploring the combination of chemotherapy drugs and immunotherapy on mesothelioma cancer cells. The results showed much better outcomes than the use of chemotherapy drugs alone.
We partnered with the Department of Health and the Heart Foundation to tackle obesity, establishing our LiveLighter program.
Thanks to the generosity of Dorothy and Allan Smith, our South West Support Centre, Dot's Place Bunbury, was opened to provide support programs to people affected by cancer in the South West region.
We launched our SunSmart website myUV.com.au to empower West Australians to protect themselves from the sun.
Through our Healthier Workplace WA and Make Smoking History programs we began providing smoking cessation and policy support to WA workplaces.
Australia became the first country in the world to introduce plain packaging of tobacco products. Perth grandfather John van Hamersveld became the face of one of the new cigarette packets.
The Federal Government announced $50 million in new funding for bowel cancer screening following more than six years of advocacy and campaigning by Cancer Councils across the country.
2013 - We opened our Wig service at Dot's Place Bunbury.
We introduced distress screening in regional areas using an internationally recognised distress thermometer and problem list, allowing our Cancer Support Coordinators to escalate support for patients and carers in severe distress.
We launched a world-first campaign to explain the UV index and how to use it.
Our Australia's Biggest Morning Tea fundraising campaign celebrated its 20th Anniversary.
We launched our Compass through Cancer campaign to help West Australians become familiar with the support services we have available for patients, family, carers and friends.
Relay for Life South Metro was established.
We established a cancer information hub at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, providing patients with resources and information about our support services.
We launched our KNOw Asbestos in Your Home online learning module to help home owners and renovators identify asbestos containing materials before beginning any renovations.
Hay Street, Murray Street and Forrest Place in Perth city went smoke-free.
The Australian government introduced an annual 12.5% tobacco excise. This will continue until 2020.
We established our partnership with Dry July.
2014 - Our Life Now exercise program was accredited with Exercise Sport Science Australia.
The National Health and Medical Research Council awarded a five year grant to our Healthy Living after Cancer program.
We began to manufacture UV meters for public open spaces. Our UV meters are now available for purchase in WA.
We launched our ‘Sonny Burns' online SunSmart campaign to empower outdoor workers to protect themselves from the sun.
We led authorship of a paper that became a pivotal point in the advocacy efforts for the full roll out of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP). At the time modelling data showed 35,000 additional bowel cancer deaths could be prevented over the following 40 years if the NBCSP was rolled out within 5 years
Relay for Life events were established in Broome, Busselton and Exmouth, along with University relays at Curtin and UWA.
We wrote an open letter to Government members of WA Parliament advocating for a ban on commercial solarium operations.
BHP Billiton donated $1.1 million to us in response to a fire that occurred at our Gordon Basford House.
2015 - We established a cancer information hub at Fiona Stanley Hospital, providing patients with resources and information about our support services.
Through our advocacy promoting the dangers solarium use and calling on members of WA parliament to take action, commercial tanning units were banned in WA.
We launched our ‘Compass through Cancer' app, designed to be used at our hospital information hubs, to enable West Australians to learn more about the support services we have available.
We convened with the Oceania Tobacco Control Conference alongside 360 other delegates from Australia and the wider Oceania region.
We launched our ‘16 Cancers' Make Smoking History campaign which was later adopted for use in four other states, as well as in the US and UK.
Thanks to Dry July funding we were able to establish a Transport to Treatment program in Peel, Rockingham and Bunbury.
2016 - We introduced iPads to our cancer support centres and hospital information hubs to enable patients to access our Compass through Cancer app.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2016-2017 was established to clearly articulate our commitment to closing the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous cancer-related deaths.
We launched our inaugural Cancer Council Lottery.
The Friends of Cancer Council WA South West Branch was established by Kerry James.
2017- Ahead of the state election we developed an advocacy website, urging people to sign our eleven-point election petition setting out the political action needed to improve outcomes for West Australians affected by cancer. As a result we secured a $1.36 million contract with the WA Department of Health to continue our Find Cancer Early program for regional West Australians.
Thanks to the generosity of Dorothy and Allan Smith, our Peel Support Centre, Dot's Place Mandurah, was opened to provide support programs to people affected by cancer in the Peel region.
Our Aboriginal Advisory Group was established, consisting of key Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal health professionals, who work with us to implement our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in consultation with Reconciliation Australia and provide direction and scope for culturally secure supportive care.
We launched our ‘Big Tobacco Corrective Statements' Make Smoking History campaign to coincide with the commencement of court-ordered advertising by the US tobacco industry to correct misleading statements they have made about cigarettes and their health effects.
Our Stick it to Number 2 bowel cancer screening digital marketing campaign won advertising awards for its use of humour to encourage participation in bowel cancer screening.
We introduced our Keystones program in Bunbury and Albany, which consists of support and awareness presentations delivered on four key areas of concern for newly diagnosed patients - nutrition, exercise, emotions and finances.
We renovated our Crawford and Milroy Lodges allowing us to accommodate an extra 300 country cancer patients each year and significantly reduce waiting lists. The funding for these renovations was secured through a $1.5 million Lotterywest grant, $300,000 from Dry July fundraising and other private donations.
2018 - We celebrated our 60th Anniversary and marked the occasion by touring the state with our ‘Cancer Myths’ Roadshow to help bust common myths about cancer.
Seven additional funding agencies were brought together to support the new Collaborative Cancer Grant Scheme which supports early-to-mid career cancer researchers
The State Government appointed Cancer Council WA to take on the complete contracts to deliver the LiveLighter and Healthier Workplace WA campaigns.
A new partnership was formed with the Royal Flying Doctor Service: Western Operations to broaden the reach of our regional Find Cancer Early campaign
Cancer Council WA participates in our first WA Pride Parade, in support of the LGBTIQ+ community who face a higher risk of a number of cancers and encounter a range of barriers to support.
The State Government passes the Tobacco Products Control Amendment Bill 2017, making Western Australia the first state to ban under 18s from selling tobacco products.
Research from Cancer Council NSW showed that Australia is set to become the first country in the world to eliminate cervical cancer, following the success of the Human Papilloma Virus vaccine program and changes to the National Cervical Cancer Screening Program.
Our SunSmart schools program celebrates 20 years and having reached more than 200,000 Western Australian school children.
2019 - We officially opened our Cancer Supportive Care Centre at Fiona Stanley Hospital thanks to funding from Dry July. The Centre is our first in the south metropolitan area and offers psychosocial care, support and complementary therapies.
Our SunSmart program launches their new ‘Don’t let the sun see your DNA’ skin cancer campaign, highlighting the damage that UV exposure has on our skin.
In response to the increased number of people surviving a cancer diagnosis, we launch our Wellbeing after Cancer program. The personalised program is designed to introduce cancer survivors to practical information and guided discussion about adjusting to life following cancer treatment.
We launched our ’13 Cancers’ LiveLighter campaign that highlights the link to weight and the increased risk of 13 types of cancers.
Our research funding program marks 50 years of supporting Western Australia’s best and brightest cancer researchers, with more than $50 million spent across 1014 research projects.