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Course Objectives
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Course description: 
International, regional and domestic laws, and legal frameworks powerfully influence all aspects of cancer prevention and control – exposure to risk factors, the availability and accessibility of health services, treatments and technologies, the use of health information, the conduct of health research, and the experiences and outcomes of people affected by cancer. Across all of these areas, the effective use of law to promote health is essential. But individuals and organisations working in cancer policy often do not feel confident engaging with the law and policymaking. This course will build the skills, knowledge, and confidence of cancer/health policy professionals to use the law effectively for cancer prevention and control. Using four case studies of cancer policy – obesity; air pollution; regulation of the health workforce; and access to treatment – the course will highlight common themes, challenges, and opportunities, and identify practical steps that can be taken to maximise the chances of success. 

Course objectives:
After completion of this course participants will gain:
1. Greater understanding of the role of law as both a powerful enabler of, and possible constraint on, cancer prevention and control.
2. Greater confidence in engaging with the law and policy processes related to cancer and health.
3. Greater capacity to develop and articulate a persuasive case for policy change.
4. Greater confidence in engaging with individuals and organisations from outside traditional health sectors.
5. Greater knowledge of where and how to access resources and support to use the law/health policy effectively for cancer prevention and control.
6. Strengthened networks of support and collaboration for using the law effectively for cancer prevention and control.
7. Greater understanding of the role of law in cancer prevention and control within the broader frameworks of health, trade, investment, human rights, and sustainable development.

Target audience: 
The course is open to all with an interest in policymaking for cancer control, but would particularly benefit cancer and health policy professionals, cancer advocates, senior managers in cancer agencies with responsibility for public policy, and leaders of cancer societies.

Course leaders: 
Jonathan Liberman, Director, McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, Australia
Anita George, Senior Legal Policy Advisor, McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, Australia
Sondra Davoren, Senior Legal Policy Advisor, McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, Australia
Luke Elich, Technical Officer for Governance and Legislation, Division of Health Systems, WHO Western Pacific Regional Office

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