Elections offer a good opportunity for us to make sure candidates know about the issues that matter, so in the lead up to the 2015 State Election, our CanAct Community did just that. As part of our Saving Life 2015 campaign, together we called on political parties to commit to introduce free chemotherapy, more palliative care services, fewer places to buy cigarettes, more Aboriginal people working in cancer services, and coordinated care for anyone facing cancer.
The campaign led the NSW Government to commit to invest $76 million to remove co-payments for highly specialised chemotherapy drugs and other highly specialised drugs used to treat a range of chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s and HIV. $12 million was also allocated to fund more palliative care and the Minister for Health committed to considering how to increase the Aboriginal workforce.
Check out the video below to see how we did it.
These wins were achieved because CanAct campaign leaders organised local events across NSW and held 127 face to face meetings with election candidates to urge them to support our campaign. They also kept our issues on the agenda with 180 media stories across the state.The changes to co-payments will help reduce the burden for people as they are being treated for cancer.