We know that healthy choices are easier to make when our personal decisions are supported by politicians with the insight to develop healthy public policies. So since our earliest days, as the Ulster Cancer Foundation, we have worked with politicians and decision makers to develop legislation that helps us look after our own health.
Our policy work includes:
NI Assembly All Party Group on Cancer
It is vital that our politicians make effective decisions about cancer treatment and new policies targeted at the prevention of cancer. To support them we provide the secretariat to the NI Assembly All Party Group on Cancer which is a forum to discuss cancer and its impact in Northern Ireland.
In recent years the APGC has heard from a range of patients, clinicians, researchers and policy developers from the voluntary, statutory and public sectors who have engaged with MLAs to drive forward the agenda on cancer on many fronts. The full presentations can be accessed below:
- APGC Report (2014)
- Access to Cancer Drugs in Northern Ireland
- Malignant Melanoma in Northern Ireland
- Cancer Care in Northern Ireland A Decade of Change
- Cancer Control in Europe
- The Case for Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products
- Fit and Well Changing Lives
- Making all the Difference Men and Cancer
- What Next for Alcohol Policy NI
- Cancer Patients and Welfare Reform
- Investigating the Actual and Potential Role of the GP in the Prevention of Cancer
Action on Smoking and Health (ASH NI)
Tackling the tobacco epidemic needs many organisations to work together. We provide the secretariat for ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) Northern Ireland which is a multi-agency committee working with the other ASH UK groups to achieve strong tobacco control strategies.
No Smoking Day
We currently co-ordinate No Smoking Day locally, providing smokers with a good opportunity and the support to quit. The close co-operation of the Public Health Agency, Health Trusts, the voluntary sector and Environmental Health means that No Smoking Day is highly successful in Northern Ireland.
European Cancer Leagues
Effective cancer prevention addressing campaigning, legislation and information is an international issue. We have an active role in the European Cancer Leagues so that best practice is shared across Europe and beyond.
Skin Cancer Prevention Strategy
The number of people getting skin cancer, including the potentially life-threatening malignant melanoma, continues to rise. To address this concern we partner with the Public Health Agency to co-chair the Skin Cancer Prevention Strategy Implementation Group. Annually we raise awareness of critical issues such as taking care in the sun at home as well as abroad and the dangers of sunbed use.