Planning 4 Change 2016

November 7 & 8
Novotel Sydney Central


This November we’re holding Planning 4 Change 2016 – an event to strengthen our CanAct community and build the power we need to win the Cancer Council NSW I Care for Palliative Care campaign. 

Palliative care means people can keep doing the things they love for as long as possible, and be as comfortable as possible as they near the end of their life.

But right now, there aren’t enough palliative care doctors and nurses to meet the needs of the NSW community and Aboriginal people can’t access culturally appropriate palliative care. We need the NSW Government to fund an additional 139 doctors and nurses and to meet the palliative care needs of Aboriginal people. 



> What's involved
> APPLY! Submit your expression of interest to attend
> Application timelines & eligibility
> Event information
> Travel & accommodation guidelines
> Program


What's involved

We’re looking for people to join us for 2 days in November, and to then take a lead in rolling out the campaign in their community for the following six months in the lead up to Palliative Care week 2017. Over the course of the event, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of tactics to engage your community in the campaign (on-line and face to face). 
  • Further develop your leadership skills and relationships with other CanAct leaders. 
  • Work with others to develop a plan to bring all this together and roll out the Cancer Council NSW I Care for Palliative Care campaign in your community.

In applying to attend you commit to:

  • Attend two day Planning 4 Change 2016 in Sydney on November 7 & 8.
  • Volunteer on the Cancer Council NSW I Care for Palliative Care campaign, including:
    • Playing a lead role in planning and organising a launch of the Palliative Care campaign resources (guided by local opportunities, resources and capacities).
    • Engaging with local MPs.
    • Identifying opportunities to engage others in your community in the campaign and use media and social media to promote the campaign and create public pressure for action from Government. 

We will be there to support you along the way by providing: 

  • The chance to work with other like-minded CanAct leaders who are as passionate and committed as you are.
  • I Care for Palliative Care campaign resources to use during the campaign.
  • Two days of training and planning with other local leaders and with a local focus) at Planning 4 Change 2016.
  • Ongoing support from local Cancer Council staff and the central campaign team to organise your local events and other campaign activities.
  • Opportunities for peer to peer learning and skills development.
  • Regular updates so you can see how the overall campaign is tracking, and how your local campaign contributes to that.

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APPLY! Submit your expression of interest to attend


Are you ready to campaign with us to ensure every person who needs specialist palliative care can access it when they need it, wherever they live in NSW?

The last time we came together like this was before the 2015 NSW state election, and within a year we convinced the Government to abolish unfair chemotherapy co-payments across NSW. We’re very excited about what we can achieve together this time.

If this sounds like something you want to be a part of, submit an expression of interest to attend by no later than Sunday 25 September.


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Application timelines & eligibility

Expressions of interest to attend, close: Sunday 25 September
Successful applicants advised by: End of September


  • If you live in a border town (outside of NSW) and you are associated with Cancer Council NSW you are invited also invited apply. Other interstate applicants are not eligible to apply.
  • By submitting this form you are not guaranteed of a place at Planning 4 Change 2016. All applications will be reviewed and places allocated by the end of September.
  • In selecting people to help lead the I Care for Palliative Care campaign, we will also consider the following:
    • Cultural diversity – to try and increase the number of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people shaping local campaigns.
    • Priority electorates – to engage people from electorates across the state where we think we can have the greatest impact.
    • Geographic location – to ensure city based and regional and rural people are part of the campaign. 

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