The UICC Asia-Pacific Cancer Society Training Grant (APCASOT) programme was established by UICC in 1994 before later being administered by Cancer Council Queensland up until 2016. It was funded by Cancer Council Australia (CCA) through the William Rudder Fund.
The objective of the programme was to assist the work of societies in the Asia Pacific region by providing their staff or accredited volunteers with training opportunities across the range of activities undertaken by established voluntary cancer societies.
A training program, usually lasting one week, was offered by the host organisations: Cancer Council Queensland in Brisbane, Australia and Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA) in Mumbai, India. This training provided an orientation to all aspects of community based cancer control activities such as:
Following the training visit awardees implemented a specific project at their home cancer society over a period of 12 months.
Since 1994 over 100 awardees from 16 countries in the region have used their experiences from these training visits to enhance the work of their home societies.
Cancer Councils in Australia continue to be engaged in the development of regional capacity building initiatives with UICC, most recently with the Leadership in Action forum taking place in June 2017.