The Federal Government recently (November 2023) launched a 10-year plan to improve the outcomes and lived experience of all people with cancer in Australia.
The Australian Cancer Plan (the Plan) is targeted at improving the health outcomes and healthcare navigation systems for all people with cancer, as well as the medical practitioners and researchers who deliver and advance the capabilities for treatment.
The implementation of the Plan is designed to be a shared and collaborative responsibility among healthcare and community partners and is inclusive of all people, especially those who don’t have easy access to diagnosis and care.
The following six strategic objectives underpin the Plan:
- MAXIMISING CANCER PREVENTION AND EARLY DETECTION
A cancer control system that seeks to eliminate racism, proactively reduces cancer risk and supports all Australians to access personalised, evidence-based cancer prevention and early detection strategies.
- ENHANCED CONSUMER EXPERIENCE
People affected by cancer are partners in culturally safe, equitable and responsive cancer care, and health services and systems are trusted and supported for optimal experience, quality of life and cancer outcomes.
- WORLD CLASS HEALTH SYSTEMS FOR OPTIMAL CARE
Integrated, coordinated, data-driven, high-quality health service systems that consistently deliver optimal cancer care and excellence in outcomes.
- STRONG AND DYNAMIC FOUNDATIONS
A modern, fit for purpose cancer control infrastructure, advanced by the innovative application of technology, research and data to improve Australia’s cancer outcomes.
- WORKFORCE TO TRANSFORM THE DELIVERY OF CANCER CARE
An engaged, capable, and future-focused cancer workforce that is culturally safe and responsive, well-equipped, well-supported and driven by collaboration, continuous improvement, and diversity to enable inclusive care for all Australians affected by cancer.
- ACHIEVING EQUITY IN CANCER OUTCOMES FOR ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE
Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, strength and sovereignty in a health system that achieves equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by cancer.
A summary of the six strategies, the related five-year goals and two-year targets can be found at:
Downloadable Resources – Australian Cancer Plan