Ovarian Cancer Australia was founded by people directly affected by ovarian cancer who wanted to raise awareness of the disease and support those who had been affected.

This group included Nicole Livingstone OAM and Karen Livingstone who lost their mother and aunt to the disease; Simon Lee whose wife Sheila, had been the first Australian ovarian cancer campaigner prior to her death in 2001; and actress and comedian Lynda Gibson who was diagnosed in 2000 and subsequently lost her battle in 2004. Ovarian Cancer Australia now has supporters across Australia.

Ovarian Cancer Australia was incorporated in July 2001. It was known as OvCa Australia, the National Ovarian Cancer Network, until changing its name to Ovarian Cancer Australia in 2008.

Ovarian Cancer Australia has DGR (Deductible Gift Recipient) and ITEC (Income Tax Exempt Charity) status to operate in Australia. ABN 76 097 394 593 ACN 097 394 593.

Our head office is located at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, Level 1, 210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000.  This is also our postal address for all mail.  You can contact us on 1300 660 334 from anywhere in Australia for the cost of a local call or send us a fax on 03 9671 4181.

Our vision

Our vision is to save lives and ensure that no woman with ovarian cancer walks alone.

Our purpose is to ensure that:

  • Women with ovarian cancer have a strong voice
  • Every Australian knows the symptoms and risks of ovarian cancer
  • All women with ovarian cancer have access to best practice diagnosis, treatment, information and support
  • A vibrant and growing national ovarian cancer research effort in Australia informs practice and translates into improved quality of life and survival for women.

Our values

Optimism, Community and Accountability.