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People living with metastatic breast cancer going to Canberra in call to be counted??

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) 2 mins read

Not many people know that people living with metastatic breast cancer in Australia are not consistently counted on our cancer registries.  

If you are not counted you are not seen, which means you are ‘invisible’ when health service providers and policymakers plan cancer services and support.  

More than 100 people living with metastatic breast cancer – which is treatable, not curable – took this call to be counted to Canberra. 

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) – Australia's leading voice for people affected by breast cancer – and Parliamentary Friends of Women's Health are holding a panel discussion – Making Metastatic Breast Cancer Count at Parliament House, Canberra, which will be streamed live.  

Peta Murphy MP, who is living with metastatic breast cancer, and Bridget Archer MP will be co-hosting the panel.  

BCNA Director of Policy, Advocacy and Support Services Vicki Durston and BCNA Consumer Representative Lisa Tobin, from Perth, and who has been living with breast cancer for 23 years and metastatic breast cancer for the past 11 years are also on the panel. 

BCNA kicked off this advocacy campaign in October last year with an issues paper Making Metastatic Breast Cancer Count. 


What:             Joint Parliamentary Friends of Women's Health Making Breast Cancer Count

                       Panel discussion: Making Metastatic Breast Cancer Count

                       Hosted by Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA)


Where:           Main Committee Room 

                      Parliament House 



When:            8am - 9am Thursday 3 August 2023

About us:

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is Australia’s leading breast cancer consumer organisation. BCNA provides information and support to those diagnosed and their supporters, opportunities to connect with others going through a similar situation and work to influence a stronger healthcare system to ensure all Australians affected by breast cancer receive the very best care, treatment and support.

Contact details:

Anna Malbon 

Media & Communications Specialist  

0498 999 477  


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