Cancer Council WA: State Election 2017 Petition

Your signature is helping bring the defeat of cancer closer

Over 87,000 West Australians are living with cancer and 12,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year. We’re determined to change that.

In the lead up to the 2017 State Election, we asked you to help us petition our next State Government to make cancer a priority.

Whether by restricting the availability of tobacco, installing UV meters in our schools, or increasing funding for vital research, our state representatives have the power to make changes that will have a significant impact towards achieving better health outcomes for our community.

The good news is, we are being heard. Both major parties agreed to elements of a number of priorities, and you can read more about their promises here.

These partial promises are a good start, but there's still more to be done. Over the coming weeks, months and years, we’ll continue to fight for better cancer health policies and cancer outcomes so that in the future, no family loses a loved one to this devastating disease.

See what the politicians promised here.

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What have the major parties promised so far? See here.

We need more resources for cancer research

Increase investment in local cancer research

Compared to other states and territories, WA’s had a poor level of investment in local cancer research from successive state governments. High quality, locally-relevant research is the key to cancer breakthroughs. Read more

Improve cancer data to drive better cancer outcomes

A solid understanding of how our cancer health system is performing is vital to ensuring the best outcomes for WA patients now and in the future. A secure, state-wide system that compiles this information is long overdue. Read more

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We need action on cancer prevention

Invest in cancer prevention programs

One in three cancers can be prevented by a healthy lifestyle. Empowering the community to lower their risk will benefit our current and future generations. Read more

Invest in skin cancer prevention strategies

There are easy and immediate ways our schools and local authorities can reduce our children’s exposure to deadly UV. Read more

Mandatory kilojoule labelling in fast food outlets in WA

We believe WA should join other Australian states in making kilojoule labelling and health star ratings compulsory on all fast food menu boards. Read more

Tougher Tobacco Sellers laws

The state government has the power to reduce the availability of tobacco across WA. This will help reduce the number of people taking up smoking and help current smokers quit for good. Read more

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We need better screening and early detection programs

Lift participation in and effectiveness of bowel screening

WA’s participation in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program is well below 40 per cent. Strong investment from the state government could significantly improve participation rates and save thousands of lives. Read more

Invest in the distribution of the Find Cancer Early campaign

People living in rural and regional WA experience poorer cancer outcomes than those in the city. A small government contribution will allow us to continue delivering our Find Cancer Early program to better these outcomes. Read more

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We need to improve care for cancer patients

Improved care for cancer patients

Recommendations of the Cancer Care Taskforce are pivotal to improving cancer care services in WA and it must have the full support, commitment and resource of the state government. Read more

Improve Indigenous cancer care

Indigenous Australians require additional support to aid earlier cancer diagnosis and effective treatment, especially in remote areas. State government assistance is needed to provide dedicated services. Read more

Improve the mental health of cancer patients

The demand for specialist psychological and psychiatric care for cancer patients is growing in WA and we need the state government to help address the availability of these services. Read more

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