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07 Feb 2022
  • VCCC Alliance
1.00pm - 2.30pm

World Cancer Day 2022: close the care gap

If Not Me, Who? If Not Now, When? Close the Care Gap

In 2022, the Union for International Cancer Control will begin a new three-year 'Close the Care Gap' campaign designed to raise awareness about the numerous barriers that exist for people around the world in accessing the cancer care they need. Prof Sanchia Aranda, past president of the UICC and Deputy Chair VCCC Alliance and Dr Kalinda Griffiths, new VCCC Alliance Research and Education Lead for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health will lead an important discussion.

Join us for a special Monday Lunch Live event to share the messages from World Cancer Day 2022 -  to clarify and amplify what we most need to hear, and to invite researchers, health professionals, policymakers and consumers to help to close the care gap not just in Victoria but for populations worldwide.

We know that every single one of us has the ability to make a difference, large or small, and that together we can make real progress in reducing the global impact of cancer.

On World Cancer Day 4 February 2022, the Union for International Cancer Control is summoning all of us, whoever and wherever we are to play our part in creating a cancer-free world.  What will you learn about the gap in cancer care?

Hear about some of the initiatives that are activating across the VCCC Alliance to meet the needs of a broad cross-section of our community. Learn why progress has been slow and what more can be done. Understand what the gap looks like from different perspectives, and build your knowledge of equity in healthcare. 

The problem we need to solve

We know that the disparities in cancer outcomes are widening, particularly for our most vulnerable communities. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s Cancer in Australia 2021 Report:

  • On average, Indigenous Australians were 14 per cent more likely to be diagnosed with cancer and 20 per cent less likely to survive at least five years after diagnosis compared with non-Indigenous Australians. Survival for Indigenous Australians was lower in regional and remote areas than in other areas.
  • Cancer incidence rates were slightly higher in regional areas, while survival declined with increasing remoteness, at least partially reflecting poorer survival for Indigenous Australians in more remote areas.
  • Compared with people living in the least socioeconomically disadvantaged areas, cancer incidence rates for people living in the most disadvantaged areas were 5 per cent higher, but survival rates were almost 20 per cent lower, and cancer mortality rates were over 40 per cent higher. 

How much do you know about equity in heathcare? Take this short quiz and we look forward to you joining us online for Monday Lunch Live on Monday 7 February 2022.

All are welcome.



Professor Sanchia Aranda AM

Prof Sanchia Aranda AM

Professor Sanchia Aranda AM, Deputy Chair VCCC Alliance, President of City Cancer Challenge Foundation, former CEO of Cancer Council Australia and past President of the Union for International Cancer Control will join us for this special event. 

Dr Kalinda Griffiths

kalinda 2

Epidemiologist Dr Kalinda Griffiths is the VCCC Alliance Research and Education Lead for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. Dr Griffiths is a Yawuru woman, born and living in Darwin. 

Prof Aranda and Dr Griffiths will be joined by a guest panel including consumer representatives.

Monday 7 February
1.00pm - 2.30pm