Head and Neck Cancer Australia is Australia's only national charity dedicated to providing education and support to people living with head and neck cancer.

About Head and Neck Cancer Australia

Head and Neck Cancer Australia (formerly Beyond Five) was established in December 2014 and is Australia’s only national charity dedicated to providing education and support to people living with head and neck cancer, caregivers, family and health professionals.

Head and Neck Cancer Australia was established to provide comprehensive, easy to understand and easy to access information to everyone, regardless of where they live. Head and Neck Cancer Australia is the first organisation in Australia supporting patients and their families through their cancer journey, from diagnosis to treatment and life after cancer.

our mission

 

Head and Neck Cancer Australia's  mission is to improve the quality of life of everyone affected by head and neck cancer through education and access to support and to raise awareness of head and neck cancer nationally.

We remain committed to working collaboratively with all head and neck cancer specialties, patients and carers across Australia to achieve our mission.

Why the Name?

 

When doctors talk about curing cancer they talk in terms of 5-year survival. However, in patients with head and neck cancer the effects of the cancer and their treatment stay with the patient forever.

These effects can be seen as scars on the patient’s face that cannot be hidden by clothing, or difficulties with speech and swallowing. Head and Neck Cancer Australia's original name, 'Beyond Five', referred to the long-term support that patients with different types of head and neck cancer often need, which is more than five years after they are diagnosed.

Why is head and neck cancer different?

  • It’s not just one type of cancer. Head and neck cancer includes more than 10 different cancers that can affect a person’s mouth, tongue, throat, salivary glands, skin or voice box.
  • Treatment for head and neck cancer can be brutal. It affects a person’s identify unlike any other cancer. It can leave a person unable to speak, it can leave them with devastating facial disfigurements and take away basic abilities that we all take for granted like eating, breathing, speaking, drinking and swallowing.
  • In the past smoking and alcohol were the most common causes of head and neck cancers typically affecting areas like the mouth, throat and voice box.
  • Today in Australia many head and neck cancers are due to other causes including HPV – the same virus that causes cervical cancer and which can affect young, otherwise healthy, non-smoking men and women.
  • The rising incidence of tongue cancer in young, healthy, non-smoking women is unknown.

meet our team

In 2014 a team of passionate people from all around Australia working within the field of head and neck cancer care came together to initiate and drive Head and Neck Cancer Australia (formerly Beyond Five). 

Head and Neck Cancer Australia is very fortunate to have head and neck experts around Australia and New Zealand contribute to the development and review of content for the Head and Neck Cancer Australia website. Their involvement helped us to provide information that is based on the best available evidence and clinical consensus.

Meet our team.

governance

Head and Neck Cancer Australia is a company limited by guarantee. Head and Neck Cancer Australia is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) and abides by the ACNC Governance Standards.