April 25, 2019

University Cancer Case Competition


The University Cancer Case Competition (UCCC) is an interdisciplinary case competition for Australian university students with an exclusive focus on cancer. Each year, the UCCC presents a real-world problem in the cancer space. University students are asked to work in teams to generate specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely solutions to the case problem, and submit their solution in the form of a preliminary deliverable. Deliverables are subject to a round of screening, with the 5 top-ranked teams given an opportunity to present their solution to a panel of judges consisting of a public health physician, a researcher, a clinician, and a patient. The top 3 teams, as selected by the judges, will be awarded a monetary prize, with the first place winners also receiving an exclusive research internship offer at a relevant public health institution.

As an organisation founded by university students, we at YACI understand that university students often have remarkably innovative ideas on how they can change the world for the better, but lack the resources to be able to put these ideas into practice. We at YACI place high value on the thought leadership of students, and seek through UCCC to create a platform for students to convert thought to action, and empower them to effect real and meaningful change outside of the lecture theatre.

The theme for 2020 is cancer survivorship.


The case competition will be open to all students studying in any course at any Australian university. At YACI, we believe that the solution to the problem of cancer requires input not only from doctors and scientists, but also professionals from every discipline, including politicians, economists, and engineers, and strongly encourage students from other faculties to join the discussion and become part of the solution. The timeline for 2020 is as follows:

Wed 1 July 2020 (9:00am): Registrations open. Early bird registrations open until Friday 17th July 2020 (9:00am).

Wed 22 July 2020 (9:00am): UCCC case file and guideline documents released. UCCC submissions open.

Mon 27 July 2020 (5:30pm): UCCC Information Night.

Wed 5 August 2020 (11:59pm): Registrations close.

Fri 14 August 2020 (4:59pm): Submissions close.

Fri 21 August 2020 (9:00am): Finalists announced.

Wed 26 August 2020 (5:30pm-7:30pm): UCCC Finalist Night.

*Please note all times are in AEST.

Who can apply?

All students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate university course are eligible to apply. Students must form teams of 2-4 members. Individual students may still apply and be randomly allocated into a team by the UCCC staff.

Please note that even though UCCC is a cancer-focused case competition, we highly encourage students to form interdisciplinary teams so as to present a most well-rounded and holistic solution to the issue.

Students from interstate and overseas are most welcome to apply, but please note that UCCC will not be responsible for covering any associated travel or accommodation expenses.

How to apply?

You can apply to participate in UCCC 2020 here:


This year we will be donating 50% of all ticket sales to CanTeen, an organisation that helps young Australians aged 12 – 25 diagnosed with cancer.

Early bird registration (closing Friday 17th of July) : $1 fee – Please note the early bird registration period is now over

Standard registration (closing Wednesday 5th of August): $2 fee

If you already have formed a team: Great! Book your tickets now! Please note that we will only accept one booking per team, thus please assign one team member to register the whole team.

(For example, if you are in a team of 3, please assign 1 team member to purchase 3 tickets by typing ‘3’ under ‘Quantity’)

If you are individual looking for a team: Don’t worry! Book your ticket now and we will randomly allocate you into a team as soon as possible.

Case File and Guidelines

The 2020 UCCC Case file and guidelines have now been released.

How do we submit our preliminary deliverable?

PowerPoint Presentation and Overview report submissions are to be uploaded to the Google Drive by Fri 14th of August. Please refer to the guidelines for further details.

UCCC Information Night

The 2020 UCCC Information Night will be held online via zoom with pre-recorded video presentations from each of the 5 guest speakers. These will also be uploaded to YouTube and shared on ACHSC social media platforms after the event. A Q&A Google Form will be open from 5:30pm Mon 27th July – 5:30pm Tues 28th July for registrants to send in any questions they may have, and responses to the questions will be uploaded by 5:30pm Fri 31st of August. 

Date: Monday 27th of July 2020 5:30pm

Location: ONLINE via Zoom. The zoom link will be provided once you have purchased a free ticket using the Trybooking link below.

If you were unable to attend Information night you can view the recording via this link

Answers to all questions asked after finalist night can be found here

Who can come?

This event is open to anyone in the general public interested in cancer survivorship, but will be especially beneficial and advantageous for all UCCC registrants and those considering registration to attend.

Why should I come?

  • Gain knowledge and deepen your understanding of cancer survivorship from the perspectives of an esteemed guest speaker panel, including a cancer survivor, physician, researcher and clinician.
  • Receive valuable tips and learn the keys to success from an esteemed past case competition winner.
  • Receive the opportunity to ask the guest speaker panel and the UCCC team any questions you may have regarding cancer survivorship, the case file and UCCC.

UCCC Finalist Night

Date: Wednesday 26th of August 2020 | 5:30-7:30PM AEST

Tickets: FREE event. Watch this space for free ticket sales!

Location: Zoom. The event link will be posted closer to the date.

Who can come?

This event is open to the general public and will be held via zoom. Friends and families of the finalists are most welcome to attend, and it is highly recommended that all UCCC non-finalist registrants attend too.

Why should I come?

  • Support the top 5 finalist teams, who will present their proposal to an esteemed panel of judges on the night.
  • Personally observe and experience a cancer case competition, the first of its kind in Australia!
  • Learn from your peers and gain knowledge on what makes a successful case competition proposal. This will be highly beneficial in preparing for subsequent UCCC cases.


  • 1st prize: $1000 and a summer research internship at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre led by Professor Jon Emery
  • 2nd prize: $500
  • 3rd prize: $100


I am not studying a science (or related) course and have no science background. Am I still eligible to apply?

Yes, of course! UCCC does not assume any advanced science background of its registrants. While a science background is certainly relevant, we encourage students to form interdisciplinary teams in order to present the most well-rounded and holistic solution possible. We also highly recommend attendance to our UCCC Information Session to obtain a better understanding of cancer survivorship care.

I am not studying at a Victorian university. Am I still eligible to apply?

Yes, of course! Students from interstate and overseas are most welcome to apply, especially since this year UCCC is being held online.

Help! I don’t have a team but I’m keen to participate!

Don’t worry! Book a ticket for yourself now and the UCCC team will randomly allocate you into a team as soon as possible.

Help! We’ve already registered but have a friend who wants to join our group/ I want to join my friends group!

Awesome – the more the merrier! Please do the following:
a. already registered group: email us at uccc@achsc.org.au with your friend’s full name to confirm the addition of a team member, and ask your friend to register
b. wanting to register: register as an individual and send us an email confirming you want to be placed in your friend’s group. Please provide all the team member’s names.

I want to participate but registrations are now closed. What do I do?

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us at uccc@yaci.org.au.