Policy and advocacy: campaigning for change
We’re championing the needs of people living with blood cancer
Blood cancers combined are the second most diagnosed cancers in Australia today. Unfortunately blood cancer is also the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths and we are working hard to change that.
We advocate for better policies, better access to new and innovative treatments, better diagnostics and, ultimately, better outcomes so that more people live through blood cancer and live well.
In 2019, the Leukaemia Foundation was commissioned by the Australian Government to develop and deliver our first ever National Strategic Action Plan for Blood Cancer on behalf of the blood cancer community. We also help to fast-track affordable access to innovative treatments by engaging with governments at all levels.
In 2021, the Leukaemia Foundation made 19 submissions supporting the listing of new drugs on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), and five life-saving drugs are now within affordable reach for most Australians.