Who we are
Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) works to ensure that women diagnosed with breast cancer, and their families, receive the very best information, treatment, care and support possible.
BCNA is the peak national organisation for Australians affected by breast cancer, and consists of a network of more than 75,000 individual members and 310 Member Groups. More than 90 per cent of our members have had a diagnosis of breast cancer, and the remaining members have had a personal experience with breast cancer through a family member or friend.
We are represented by the Pink Lady silhouette, symbolic of our focus on the women diagnosed with breast cancer and all those around her.
How we help
BCNA informs, empowers, represents and links together people affected by breast cancer.
Inform: we provide quality, up-to-date information about breast cancer, its treatment and services.
Empower: we empower women to have a voice in their own health care and to play an active role in improving breast cancer treatment, care and services.
Represent: we ensure women's voices are heard by policy makers, health providers and planners through our program, policy and advocacy work, and that we are at the table wherever a decision is made about breast cancer.
Link together: through our Member Groups, events such as Field of Women and the sharing and support section of this website, we bring together all those who have themselves experienced breast cancer and link individuals and groups sharing similar issues and experiences.
BCNA is one of four major breast cancer organisations in Australia. The National Breast Cancer Foundation, represented by the pink ribbon, raises money for breast cancer research. Cancer Australia (incorporating the former National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre) uses the latest research findings to develop and update guidelines for health care professionals and educate the community on early detection. The McGrath Foundation raises funds to place breast care nurses in communities across Australia.
The four organisations collaborate closely with each other through representation on committees, input into strategies and sharing of knowledge, while focusing on their individual aims.