History & Mission

Lymphoma Australia is the only incorporated charity in Australia dedicated to solely providing education, support, awareness and advocacy initiatives for Australians touched by lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

Lymphoma is the 6th most common cancer in Australia with more than 80 different subtypes and is the number one cancer in the 18-25 age group. Lymphoma is also the 3rd most common cancer in children


Shirley Winton OAM became the founding president of Lymphoma Australia and her own personal journey with Lymphoma highlighted many of the challenges facing patients and their families across Australia. Despite relapses and a stem cell transplant at the young age of 72 Shirley worked every day and night for this cause until she was called home to heaven in 2005.


Lymphoma Australia was established to support those affected by lymphoma and their families, raise awareness in the community and raise funds to support research for a cure. In 2003, Lymphoma Australia was founded by a volunteer group based on the Gold Coast, Queensland and became incorporated in 2004.
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Founding Members, 2004

Today Lymphoma Australia is governed by a volunteer board and has the equivalent of five full time staff including 4 lymphoma care nurses and an army of volunteers to support the lymphoma community.

To date, Lymphoma Australia has also raised the bar within Australia and at the world level with informative, easy to understand and relevant resources about Lymphoma.

However, a critical component and challenge for our organisation is to also address the Lymphoma knowledge gap at the community level and to motivate key decision makers to prioritise this cancer as a significant health concern in our society based on our current facts and figures.

The feather signifies that everyone has a guardian angel in their Lymphoma journey to look after and care for them. No one will ever be alone.

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Mission Statement

To raise awareness, give support and search for a cure. Underpinning this mission is our purpose to ensure – No one will ever face lymphoma/CLL alone

Our 2020/21 strategy will focus on the following goals to ensure we continue to make a difference and change outcomes for the lymphoma / CLL community in Australia

Our staff and volunteers work hard to make sure that everyone affected by lymphoma in Australia have the best possible information, support, treatment and care. To achieve this, we work closely with our Board of Directors and our Medical Advisory Panel.

Together we help people with lymphoma and their families by providing reliable information and the right support. We support doctors and nurses so that they can provide the best care possible to people with lymphoma. We raise awareness and make sure that lymphoma is not forgotten by the government and policymakers. We support the thousands of fundraisers and volunteers who make our work possible.

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