Dialog Box


Kristen Larsen: 1992 - 2019

Diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 21 years of age, Kristen Larsen became a passionate advocate for Ovarian Cancer Australia and spoke often of the need for increased ovarian cancer research funding.  

Jill Emberson: 1959 - 2019

Journalist and broadcaster, Jill Emberson became a strong and outspoken advocate for funding equality and was determined to see better outcomes for people diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

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Ovarian Cancer Australia

Advocating for change

To create better outcomes for people like Jill and Kristen, we need large-scale and long-term funding for research projects. We need high-quality care and treatment options that are affordable and accessible.

Ovarian Cancer Australia takes a bi-partisan approach to working directly with government and other changemakers in the ovarian cancer space. We work to secure significant investment in research for better outcomes, improving survival through reducing the variation in care and improving timely access to effective and affordable treatments. 

Years of strong advocacy and awareness raising has seen Federal government funding to ovarian cancer research projects and programs increase from $2.2 million in 2003-2005 to $31.2 million in 2018-2020.  

While this is an improvement, far more still needs to be done to change the narrative of ovarian cancer. Ovarian Cancer Australia will continue to amplify the voices of all people affected by ovarian cancer to ensure our cause is a national priority. Read more

Making ovarian cancer a national priority

Our annual Parliamentary Breakfast is an important opportunity for Ovarian Cancer Australia to advocate for large scale ovarian cancer funding on a national level. We know that changing the outlook of ovarian cancer can only occur with significant injections of funding, adequate resourcing, and collaboration from those in power across the country.

The lived experience of women with ovarian cancer underpins everything that Ovarian Cancer Australia does, and we are proud that this annual event elevates the voices of women in our community.  

Watch the 2023 event as Alisi Jack Kaufusi addresses our nation's leaders with a plea "to use her story as a stimulus for action.”

Offering free, holistic care nation wide

No one should have to cope with ovarian cancer alone. Ovarian Cancer Australia offers a range of support services, including specialist ovarian cancer nurses available free to people affected by ovarian cancer across Australia, no matter where they live.

Every woman’s ovarian cancer experience is different, so it is crucial they receive support tailored to their individual needs. The launch of our Teal Support Program in 2019 ensured women diagnosed with ovarian cancer had access to a specialist nurse, akin to the highly successful existing services available for those with a breast cancer diagnosis. 

Women often tell us that while the physical effects of an ovarian cancer diagnosis can be devastating, it’s the mental toll that can weigh on them the most. 

Our holistic services cater directly to those unmet needs that so many people with an ovarian cancer diagnosis are facing. The level of care we offer free of charge is something that cannot be accessed elsewhere in Australia.  Read more


World Ovarian Cancer Day – 8 May

A day to globally raise our voices in solidarity, increase awareness of the risk factors of ovarian cancer and educate Australians on diagnosis and treatment

While progress has been made, we know there is still a long way to go. Research from Ovarian Cancer Australia shows only 31% of Australians know that ovarian cancer has the poorest survival rate of any female cancer in Australia. In addition, almost a third of Australians say they know the least about ovarian cancer, when compared to other cancers.

As a member of the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition and with our CEO, Jane Hill serving as Vice Co-chair of the Coalition, we recognise the importance of rallying together as a global community and drawing attention to the disease.