How PCFA began
Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia was formed in Sydney in 1996. The television personality, Roger Climpson, a member of the Rotary Club of Lane Cove, was treated successfully for prostate cancer in 1994. Roger was concerned by the confusing information available to him at the time of diagnosis and treatment and by the apparent lack of research into the disease being carried out in Australia. In 1995 he persuaded fellow club members to join him in forming the Foundation , then known as the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF), to raise funds for that research.
In the succeeding four years, a number of eminent urologists, cancer research scientists, business leaders and representatives of Rotary joined the PCRF board of directors. They were successful in raising funds, some of which were distributed in the form of travelling scholarships for scientists working in prostate cancer research. In 1999 PCRF affiliated with the Cancer Society of Australia and then merged with the Australian Prostate Cancer Foundation (APCF), based at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.
APCF had a long connection with support groups, having founded the St Vincent’s Prostate Cancer Support Group in 1996. In 1998 St Vincent’s and other support groups located throughout Australia formed the Association of Prostate Cancer Support Groups to act as their national representative, with APCF providing the corporate structure.
Following the merger of PCRF and APCF in 1999, the name "Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia" was chosen to reflect the new organisation’s widened interests. The Association of Prostate Cancer Support Groups became part of the activities of the new Foundation, choosing the new name "Support and Advocacy Committee of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia".
The Foundation’s vision is now defined as being a national organisation acting to reduce the impact of prostate cancer on Australian men, their families and the community. It aims to represent the interests of all men diagnosed with prostate cancer through a nation-wide network of affiliated support groups, with a special emphasis on raising money for research into the disease.
The Foundation is a registered charitable organisation and is reliant on the continued generosity of our community and corporate sponsors for the success of its ongoing works and in establishing a national men's health strategy focusing on healthy lifestyle and prostate cancer awareness.