Upper Hunter CanAct volunteers call on NSW Government to fight for a cancer-free future

AS part of Cancer Council’s pre-election campaign, Saving Life 2019, Upper Hunter volunteers are calling on the next NSW Government to take action to reduce the impact of cancer in the community. 

And, a local meeting is scheduled for those who are interested in knowing more at the Muswellbrook Shire Council’s committee room, 157 Maitland Street, on Monday, October 15, from 10am.

CanAct is a network of thousands of community advocates across NSW, including the Upper Hunter, with the passion and the power to change what politicians do about cancer.

“Saving Life 2019: Election Priorities will support the next NSW Government to take action to further reduce the impact of cancer on our community,” Upper Hunter Cancer Council community programs coordinator Glen Parsons said.

“Some of the key policy proposals are:

“One, strengthening the Smoke-Free Environment Act 2000 to ensure that people working or socialising in bars and clubs in NSW are protected from second-hand smoke.

“Two, amend the Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2008 to ban tobacco vending machines and introduce an annual licence fee to encourage retailers to stop selling. 

“These measures will reduce the risk of young people developing this fatal habit and support smokers to quit.

“Three, remove junk food advertising from state-owned property to reduce children’s exposure; and support national regulations on food marketing to children.

“Four, provide funding for public lymphoedema services across NSW to ensure that people with lymphoedema have timely access to evidence-based care, regardless of where they live.”

To join the Saving Life 2019 campaign, visit www.canact.com.au