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Australian Story: CanSpeak advocate and QUT researcher is living proof that research and advocacy can help cancer patients
Danielle Tindle's personal experience with cancer was featured on ABC television's program 'Australian Story' in May 2016. The episode titled 'Your Money or Your Life' explores some of the issues experienced by rare cancer patients and their familes as they navigate cutting-edge medical technologies such as immunotherapy. To view the full episode, please visit the Australian Story website.

2015 Flinders Survivorship Conference: "Life after Cancer - from Recovery to Reslience"
6-7 February 2015, Adelaide Convention Centre

This unique conference brings together a diverse group of clinicians, researchers, policy makers and consumers from around Australia to learn, to be challenged and to make a lasting impact.
CanSpeak Qld representatives Leonie Young and Danielle Tindle will be speaking at this event.
For more information and to register, please click here to access the conference website

COSA Public Forum 2014: "Living with and beyond cancer"
Sunday 30 November, 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

This FREE information forum about cancer is an initiative of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) and is presented in partnership with Cancer Council Victoria, the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre and Cancer Action Victoria. Each year COSA conducts its Annual Scientific Meeting for health professionals in cancer care and also hosts this special information forum for people who have been affected by cancer. Guest speakers include Michael Jefford on survivorship; Natasha Michael and Michael Bramwell on palliative care; and Todd Harper, Paul Mitchell and Ben Solomon on lung cancer. Please click here to see the flyer and to find out how to register.

Sixth Annual General Meeting 2013
At the Sixth Annual General Meeting of CanSpeak Queensland held on Saturday, 21 September 2013 at Cancer Council Queensland in Gregory Terrace, Ms Leonie Young was re-elected as President. Leonie has provided stable leadership for CanSpeak Queensland (formerly Cancer Voices Queensland) for six years. Lance Brooks was re-elected Treasurer and Aurilea Augustine as Secretary.   

The CanSpeak Queensland Advisory Group is looking forward to continuing to advocate for better outcomes for those affected by cancer.   

We value the cooperation and networking afforded by individuals and organisations who add their voices to ours when issues of concern are raised. Please contact us if you feel we can assist with any issues of concern.

ANZUP Community Engagement Forum "A little below the belt"
The Australian and New Zealand Urogenital and Prostate (ANZUP) Cancer Trials Group invites you to attend our Community Engagement Forum “A little below the belt”. This forum will provide information and the opportunity to discuss the importance of clinical trials and the impact that a diagnosis of a prostate, bladder, kidney or testicular cancer can have on a person and their family. For more information regarding the forum click here.

CanSpeak has launched!
Originally launched as Cancer Voices Queensland in 2007, CanSpeak is the prominent consumer advocacy body representing the interests of all Queenslanders whose lives have been affected by cancer. The name change in 2012, at both state and national levels, reflects the organisations'commitment to effectively engage people at a more grassroots level. As an independent network of people, CanSpeak Qld aims to reduce the impact cancer may have on the lives of those diagnosed, family members, friends and carers by advocating on a number of issues relevant to Queenslanders and working effectively with State and Federal Governments, health professionals and the community. Please stay posted for more information about CanSpeak's new strategic direction. Please contact to let us know what the main issues are for Queenslanders - we want to hear from you!

ANZGOG Consumer Engagement Forum 2012
The Australian New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (ANZGOG) is hosting a complimentary consumer engagement session on 25 February 2012, in conjunction with the Annual Scientific Meeting at the Sofitel Broadbeach in the Gold Coast.

This event will be valuable for those wanting to learn more about “what is a cancer clinical trial” as presented in lay terms by a clinician involved in gynaecology trials, as well as what it means to be on a clinical trial through the eyes of clinical trial patients and a study coordinator.

ANZGOG has already hosted these consumer sessions in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth since 2010. All have been rated very highly by the attendees both for content and networking aspects. Help make the QLD session also a success! For more information please download the ANZGOG consumer session flyer

COSA Consumer Forum 2011
It's that time of year again, when the multi-disciplinary oncology community from around the country get together at the COSA Conference. This year's event is held at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre on November 14 -17. Before the scientific part of the meeting commences, there is the opportunity for consumers from around Australia to discuss topical issues relevant to them. The COSA Consumer Forum hosted by Cancer Advocacy is held on Monday 14 Novemeber from 1-5 pm. This year's topic is "The Consumer /Clinician Coalition - Partners against Cancer". This is a free event and all are welcome to attend. For further information please download the COSA Consumer Forum flyer

"Your Death, Your Choice" - Community Forum

CanSpeak QLD has partnered with Palliative Care QLD in hosting the upcoming community forum "Your Death, Your Choice". The forum will be held between 8:30am and 3:30pm on October 8th at Victoria Park Golf Club, Herston, Brisbane. The consumer focused event is expected to attract over 500 participants, providing an opportunity for both CanSpeak QLD and PCQ to highlight the needs of people affected by termial illnesses in Queensland. For more information regarding the forum and its guest speakers, please download the flyer here. 

Information about the forum and how to purchase tickets can also be found at or by emailing

CanSpeak QLD Annual General Meeting 2011
This year's Annual General Meeting is to be held at 3:30pm on the 9th July at the Cancer Council Queensland office in Brisbane. For more information regarding the meeting and to nominate office bearers please download the AGM invitation here.

COSA Consumer Forum 2010
Cancer Advocacy Queensland are proud to be sending five of our newest members to this year's Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA) conference. This years conference is to be held on the 8th November between 1 and 5pm at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. If you are in Melbourne, why not get along to the conference? Not only will you get the opportunity to see some of our members present but also the chance to meet some fantastic people.

For more information about the event, the topics to be discussed, and how to register please download the 2011 COSA Forum Flyer or contact CanSpeak QLD at   

Consumer Advocacy Training
The Consumer Advocacy Training Workshop was held on Friday 2 July and Saturday 3 July 2010 at the Cancer Council Queensland. This annual workshop provides information about advocacy and develops skills and confidence for people affected by cancer who are interested in being a consumer representative or advocate.

For further information regarding Consumer Advocacy Training check out our Advocacy Training page.

Welcome to our new website!
Thanks to GO1, CanSpeak QLD were included as part of the GO Community Project in late 2009. The GO Community Project provides one community group or organisation with the complete development or redevelopment of the group's website.   

This has enabled CanSpeak QLD to work with the GO1 team to develop and ultimately redesign the entire website. We hope you find it informative and inspiring. CanSpeak QLD welcome any feedback on the new website, so please email

COSA Consumer Forum 2009
In November 2009, the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA) together with CanSpeak QLD held their Annual Consumer Forum to discuss a range of issues impacting those affected by cancer. This year’s forum was held on the beautiful Gold Coast and saw a strong representation from CanSpeak QLD members both presenting and in attendance. CanSpeak QLD speakers included Leonie Young and Danielle Tindle. Photos of this successful forum can be viewed on our Photos page.

CanSpeak QLD Public Forums 2008
CanSpeak QLDwill be holding public forums across Queensland in the coming months. The dates for these forums are set out below, for further information please head to our Forums page.

Gold Coast – Thursday 13th March 2008
Emerald – Thursday 12th June 2008
Sunshine Coast – Tuesday 26th August 2008

CanSpeak QLD– Official Launch
CanSpeak QLDwas officially launched on July 29th 2007 at the Old Museum in Brisbane.  The morning was a culmination of the tireless work, passion and commitment of the steering committee, bringing together key representatives from the community including people affected by cancer, health professionals, cancer support groups and politicians.  

The launch was an opportunity for CanSpeak QLD to introduce guests to the objectives of this newly developed organisation and showcase future plans.

Speakers at the launch included Leonie Young (President, CanSpeak QLD), Senator Claire Moore, Dr Ian Roos (Chair, Cancer Voices Victoria and Cancer Voices Australia) and Dr Suzanne Steginga (Director Community Services, The Cancer Council Queensland) all of whom took the opportunity to reinforce the importance of having an independent voice for all consumers impacted by cancer.

Senator Moore who has advocated in parliament on behalf of those affected by cancer, emphasised the value of consumer input in the health care system, welcoming the role that CanSpeak QLD will play. Ian Roos reinforced why advocacy is important, stating: “All Australians, regardless of location, income or age, have the right to the world’s best practice cancer care”.

CanSpeak QLD acknowledges that advocacy takes on many forms. The hope is that those who become members will share this message with their local communities. 











Welcome to our new website!
Thanks to Andrew Barnes and the fantastic team at GO1, Cancer Voices Queensland were included as part of the GO Community Project in late 2009. The GO Community Project provides one community group or organisation with the complete development or redevelopment of the groups’ website.
This has enabled Cancer Voice Queensland to work with the GO1 team to develop and ultimately redesign our entire website. We hope you find it extremely informative. As always Cancer Voices Queensland welcome any feedback on the new website, please email