Who We Are
Cervical cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence. In fact, it doesn’t have to exist at all.
At ACCF, we want to be part of a different world. And since 2007, we’ve been working hard to create it. We now know that nearly all cases of cervical cancer are caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Thanks to the work of Professor Ian Frazer (ACCF’s Scientific Adviser) and his research collaborator, the late Dr Jian Zhou, we have access to a safe and effective HPV vaccine which provides protection against roughly 93% of cervical cancers. With the vaccine now freely available to Australian school-aged girls and boys, and with the introduction of the new and more effective Cervical Screening Test (formerly the Pap test), Australia is on track to effectively eliminate cervical cancer by 2035.
To eliminate cervical cancer in Australia and in developing countries
ACCF’s charitable mission is to:
Facilitate and implement practical programs designed to provide awareness about prevention of and vaccination, screening and treatments for cervical cancer, cervical abnormalities and HPV related cancers and
Enable and encourage effective changes which produce life-saving results to improve women’s health outcomes and contribute to empowering women, reducing their poverty and disadvantage and ultimately developing stronger communities;
By working with and partnering with like-minded governments, organisations and individuals.
Through our workplace, school and community awareness programs, we’ve delivered almost 700 presentations throughout Australia and have been spreading the word about what cervical cancer is, how to fight it, and most importantly, how to eliminate it. Our CerviCAN Support Program helps women and their families work through a diagnosis and provides information and resources for women to better take care of their health.
We are also working with indigenous communities to enhance and protect these women facing higher disadvantage. It is a sad and unacceptable reality that in Australia indigenous women are 3.5 times more likely to die from cervical cancer than those in the general community.
Outside of Australia ACCF has been helping women in developing nations where cervical cancer is too often the biggest cancer killer of women with rates of death even 20 or 30 times the rate in Australia. Our work in countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, The Philippines and Vietnam includes vaccinating girls against HPV and screening and treating women for cervical cancer. You can read more about our overseas work here.
ACCF is focused on contributing to sustainable development and along with our program partners, have a zero tolerance policy to fraud and corruption or family and sexual violence, particularly against women.
You can also view ACCF's policies online.
Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation (ACCF) is a Health Promotion Charity, Public Benevolent Institution, Income Tax Exempt Charity and a Deductible Gift Recipient able to give tax deductible receipts for donations and is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). ACCF also has an Overseas Relief Fund which is a Deductible Gift Recipient able to give tax deductible receipts for donations. Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation is a registered company under the Corporations Act ABN 14 128 546 850 and is authorised by ASIC to not use the word ‘Limited’ in our name because we are a charity. ACCF is registered under the provisions of the NSW Charitable Fundraising Act 1991 (CFN 20903), Queensland Collections Act 1966 (CH1718), ACT Charitable Collections Act 2003 (Licence No. 1900438), WA Charitable Collections Act 1946 (CC21128), South Australian Collections for Charitable Purposes Act 1939 (Licence no. CCP1383), TAS Collection for Charities Act 2001 (Ref. C/10097), VIC Fundraising Act 1998 (Licence No. 11407)
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