Contact your local MP
Rare Cancers Australia advocates for the rights of rare and
less common (RLC) cancer patients at every possible opportunity. Our approach has always been to work with all
stakeholders to highlight the issues and challenges in a considered way and put
We believe one of the best ways to get your voice heard by
government is to let your local MP know what issues are facing people in their
own electorate. As your representative,
it is their job to listen. By working
together, we can make a difference.
The most powerful letter is the one written by you. However,
we also know it can sometimes be hard to know where to start, so to make things
easier we’ve prepared this sample letter which you can download and customise. Simply change the highlighted sections to reflect your own details and story.
What Your Letter Should Say
The needs of RLC cancer patients have been ignored for many
years despite the enormous need. There are 52,000 patients diagnosed with an
RLC cancer in Australia every year, and every year over 25,000 Australians
lose their lives. This number makes up 50% of cancer deaths in Australia,
hugely impacts families and our local communities, and is greatly
disproportionate to outcomes for more common cancers.
Please contact your local Federal Member of Parliament and
tell them why you believe they need to do more for rare cancer patients.
You should say:
- Who you are and why you care about RLC cancers
- It’s time to give RLC cancers the attention, funding and
policy they need to significantly improve survival rates and patient outcomes
- Australian Governments need to provide funding and change
processes to improve outcomes for RLC patients, by implementing solutions
tabled in the RCA Rare Solutions: A Time to Act report launched in August 2017
How to Contact Your Local MP
To find your MP, click here.
- Click on Members, then scroll to Search Members.
- Enter your
- Hit search.
- Your local member profile will appear.
- Click on Contact
Information to find the MP email address, if sending by email or postal address
Need More Help?
As mentioned above, you can download and adapt a sample letter we've prepared here.
If you have any questions or would like help in writing your
letter, please feel free to contact Eliza, our Policy and Public Affairs
Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also send a copy of your email or letter to Eliza via
email or to PO Box 440 Bowral NSW 2576, so that we can help to advocate for you
too. We would also love to receive a copy of any response you may receive.