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.