Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health

Caring Futures Institute Partnership and Cancer Navigation Project

18 Apr 2023

We’re excit­ed to part­ner with the Car­ing Futures Insti­tute (CFI) on the Can­cer Nav­i­ga­tion Project’, which imag­ine a future where the high­est stan­dard of health­care is avail­able to all and where peo­ple are tru­ly at the centre. 

CFI is Australia’s first ful­ly ded­i­cat­ed research cen­tre for the study of self-care and car­ing solu­tions lead­ing to bet­ter lives, bet­ter com­mu­ni­ties, bet­ter care and bet­ter sys­tems across the population’s lifespan. 

The Can­cer Nav­i­ga­tion Project which involves the devel­op­ment of an evi­dence-based state-wide can­cer nav­i­ga­tion frame­work and imple­men­ta­tion plan, is one excit­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion between the CEIH and CFI

Can­cer nav­i­ga­tion refers to how a patient nav­i­gates can­cer care and is a key ele­ment of co-ordi­nat­ed, per­son-cen­tred care and sup­port. Can­cer nav­i­ga­tion works to improve access to care and con­ti­nu­ity of care, par­tic­u­lar­ly among pop­u­la­tions expe­ri­enc­ing unmet needs and dis­par­i­ties in can­cer care. 

Through a soon to be pub­lished review, CFI have found nav­i­ga­tion to be effec­tive in many areas of can­cer care includ­ing screen­ing uptake, time to screen­ing to diag­no­sis and treat­ment, sur­veil­lance, treat­ment deci­sion-mak­ing, hos­pi­tal read­mis­sion and patient qual­i­ty of life and sat­is­fac­tion with care. 

The Can­cer Nav­i­ga­tion Project will soon com­mence con­sumer and stake­hold­er (includ­ing can­cer care pro­fes­sion­als, gov­ern­ment, and non-gov­ern­ment organ­i­sa­tions) engage­ment to co-design the frame­work and imple­men­ta­tion plan and con­sid­er appli­ca­tion to the South Aus­tralian Can­cer Plan cur­rent­ly under development.