World Head and Neck Cancer Day

World Head and Neck Cancer Day Events and Activites throughout Australia and New Zealand

World Head and Neck Cancer Day

World Head and Neck Cancer Day Events and Activites throughout Australia and New Zealand


World Head and Neck Cancer Day is held on 27 July each year and is an opportunity to raise awareness about head and neck cancer.

New South Wales

Orsi Kokai, a Physiotheripsit based in Sydney lead a chair yoga and meditation session followed by a group chat to connect and explore coping strategies associated with head and neck cancer.

South Australia

Free public oral cancer screening took place at the Flinders Cancer Innovation Centre with 132 people visiting on that day. The team pick up on 6 people with lesions to biopsy.


Events that took place at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre


In recognition of the recent World Head and Neck Cancer day it is the Societies pleasure to share an important scientific presentation with you. It was presented at the virtual ASCO (American Society for Clinical Oncology) meeting this year, and Dr Bob Ferris was kind enough to share his slides and provide (in true Covid-19 fashion) a short talk  as well. It outlines the results of the ECOG-ECRIN 3311 trial in HPV positive oropharyngeal cancer. This is the first  surgical de-escalation trial and will be an important basis for discussing our approach to these patients. We are most grateful to Dr Ferris, a previous guest of the Society, for his generosity.

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne VIC

Quality of Life – An event for people affected by head and neck cancer

Level 3 Auditorium, 2 Saint Andrews Place, East Melbourne VIC, Australia

Friday, 26th July 2019

PAH World Head & Neck Cancer Day Event

Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane QLD
ENT Department

Saturday, 27th July 2019


Auckland City Hospital

Auckland City Hospital kicked off WHNCD early holding a stall on Wednesday 24th July highlighting the signs and symptoms and risk factors of Head and Neck Cancer. Throughout the week a video was played highlighting these points for members of the public to view. We were strongly supported by the Head & Neck Cancer Aotearoa support group, who turned up on the day to help educate and support passers-by.

WHNCD Activities in South Australia

Here in Adelaide we have held 3 public events to raise awareness of Head & Neck Cancer. I would like to thank everyone that has helped me make this week very successful. Certainly could not have done this without you all. To Gill Miller and her team at the Council Council SA for allowing us to hold our second public forum on Tuesday night. The night was a huge success with over 80 health professionals, patients and general public listening to Drs Andrew Foreman and Sam Boase talking about causes, cures, surgery and reconstruction methods in Head & Neck Cancer. The night was rounded up perfectly with Todd, sharing not only his first but second battle with his tongue SCC. Heart wrenching, as he shared with us his brave determination to fight and the hopefulness to finally beat this. 
Friday we held our 3 annual oral screening day. This was supported by the Flinders Foundation, GenesisCare, Drs Eng Ooi, Lucy Huang, Nuwan Dharmawadana, Ahmed Bassiouni, and ENT secretary Jo Lemke, in screening and spreading the word how simple oral care and checks could save your life . We saw 138 people this year, 270 in 2018 and 218 in 2017 thats a total of 626 since we started.
Last night was the fundraising ball, attended by 167 health professionals, patients, families, and public. A huge special thank you to my dear friend Julie McCrossin AM for agreeing to come and be our guest speaker for the evening. To Dr Suren Krishnan OAM, SA Foundation of Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, Wayne our auctioneer, and Bronny Hindley-Cooke bringing to the ball some amazing auction items to help raise money for research and patient support.
This post would not be complete if I did not mention my very special patients that just make me realise every day why I do what I do, and more importantly why I need too. To Lauren and Maree and their family, thank you for coming last night I know how hard and raw it is for you both as it has been 6 months now since our beautiful Tim left us. Thank you Lauren for your support and effort in finding action items and getting a table together to help raise funds. 
To all of you that wanted too but couldn’t make it you missed a great night and we hope to see you next year with even deeper pockets !!!! 
Oh and to Professor Jatin P Shah whom I had the pleasure of meeting a few weeks ago, for making the 27th July International Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Day #WHNCD2019 now recognise in almost 70 countries – Tracey Nicholls


Screening Photo

Head and Neck Cancer Support Australia Brisbane Events

Well WHNCD in Brisbane was very busy.

On the Friday night we held a Soup for the Soul dinner at Medley Café with 25 people and raised over $1000.00 for Beyond Five.

On the Saturday we held the 5th Head and Neck Cancer Forum at the Cancer Council Qld. We had over 35 people attend. The forum is patient, carer and family member focused.

In Brisbane the Kurilpa Bridge, The Brisbane Town Hall and the King George Square were all light up in Burgundy and Ivory on the 27th.

Various fundraising events were also held around Brisbane and all money raised will go to Beyond Five.

Head and Neck Cancer Support Brisbane raised over $400.00


Head and Neck Cancer Support Australia Logo