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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 solutions forward.

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:

  1.  Who you are and why you care about RLC cancers 
  2.  It’s time to give RLC cancers the attention, funding and policy they need to significantly improve survival rates and patient outcomes
  3.  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 post code.
  • 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 if posting. 

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 on 0413 410 931 or eliza@rarecancers.org.au

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.