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Policy & Advocacy Manager

Canteen Australia


Just when life should be full of possibilities, cancer can crash into a young person’s world and shatter everything. Canteen provides young people impacted by cancer, and their parents, with access to a team of Allied Health Professionals who deliver programs, counselling and a range of other group and individual support activities.

Canteen is a national support organisation for 12 - 25 year olds who are impacted by cancer, and provides highly regarded specialist support services and peer support programs that are informed by the evidence developed by our internationally regarded research team.


This role will drive the development and implementation of Canteen’s policy and advocacy agenda in relation to achieving optimal health and wellbeing outcomes for young people impacted by cancer and their families. You will ensure Canteen is the leading voice advocating in national and international arenas which will see governments and other stakeholders prioritising the needs of these young people and their families. This role will develop key relationships with relevant partners and stakeholders including hospitals, health professionals, youth health services, pharmaceutical companies, government, not for profit organisations and cancer organisations, eg; COSA, Cancer Australia.

Over the next 5 years this area of the organisation will provide opportunities for young people to engage and speak into Canteen’s work, deliver data-driven advocacy and drive change in the way young people impacted by cancer are cared for in this country. This role gives you the opportunity to work with purpose and contribute to the development of policy that will improve the lives of young people impacted by cancer.



  • Tertiary qualification in fields related to policy development and/or health

Experience/Knowledge/ Skills

  • Extensive experience and knowledge in policy and advocacy development and delivery, preferably in the cancer and/or health space
  • Tertiary qualification in fields related to policy development and/or health
  • A collaborative and open communication style with strong interpersonal and influencing capabilities and able to promote highly effective and functional internal and external partnerships
  • Demonstrate a balance of strategic and operational strengths
  • Experience working with other organisations in advocacy initiatives and developing joint policy positions
  • Ability to develop and maintain relationships with a range of stakeholders, including consumers, clinicians, government representatives, researchers, pharmaceutical company representatives
  • Demonstrate an evidence-based approach to policy and advocacy and ability to transform evidence into policy, advocacy and practice
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Australian political system, Australian health and social policy, and factors influencing policy direction and reform
  • Demonstrated experience in monitoring policy changes and identifying trends and opportunities to influence policy
  • Demonstrated ability to advise on policy interpretation and insights into policy direction
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high quality and persuasive written material such as briefing documents, academic papers, submissions, policy statements, and the ability to write in an easily understood, succinct style and format for a range of audiences
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, preferably including demonstrated experience in acting as a media spokesperson
  • Demonstrated experience bringing together multiple partners in support of common goals.


Location: Sydney, NSW

Employment Type: Permanent; full-time

Employment Hours: 5 days/ 37.50 hours per week

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