Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health

Partnering on the SA Cancer Plan

27 Sept 2022

Can­cer affects an esti­mat­ed one-third of the Aus­tralian pop­u­la­tion dur­ing their life­time, includ­ing fam­i­lies, car­ers and sup­port­ers of peo­ple diag­nosed with cancer. 

In 2019 over 11,000 South Aus­tralians were diag­nosed with cancer*and across Aus­tralia it is a major cause of ill­ness respon­si­ble for 18% of the bur­den of ill health

The imple­men­ta­tion of a new SA Can­cer Plan is a 2022 State Gov­ern­ment elec­tion commitment.

The Plan aims to improve can­cer out­comes for all South Aus­tralians through a coor­di­nat­ed, strate­gic direc­tion that:

  • Iden­ti­fies future oppor­tu­ni­ties to reduce the inci­dence of can­cer in the population
  • Improve sthe can­cer jour­ney for peo­ple diag­nosed with can­cer, to improve qual­i­ty of life
  • Increas­es long-term post-diag­no­sis survival. 

The Plan will pro­vide clear guid­ance to SA Health and part­ners on the future direc­tions and pri­or­i­ties for can­cer care, and will be used to inform future ser­vice plan­ning, mod­els of care and sys­tem wide decisions.

The Depart­ment for Health and Well­be­ing is lead­ing devel­op­ment of the Plan in part­ner­ship with the Statewide Can­cer Clin­i­cal Net­work (SCCN). Dr Ganes­san Kichenadasse, Clin­i­cal Lead of the SCCN, and mem­bers of the SCCN Steer­ing Com­mit­tee, are mem­bers of the SA Can­cer Plan Project Board, which will pro­vide strate­gic direc­tion on The Plan’s development.

The Plan will be informed by com­mu­ni­ty expe­ri­ences with can­cer pre­ven­tion and care in SA. Peo­ple with expe­ri­ence of can­cer and their fam­i­lies and car­ers, health­care prac­ti­tion­ers across the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor, researchers, edu­ca­tors and the gen­er­al com­mu­ni­ty are invit­ed to share their expe­ri­ences and ideas or reg­is­ter to attend a com­mu­ni­ty engage­ment workshop.

SA Can­cer Plan Con­sul­ta­tion Workshops

The CEIH is host­ing con­sul­ta­tion work­shops in part­ner­ship with SA Health in Novem­ber, to bet­ter under­stand the sta­tus of can­cer pre­ven­tion and care from the per­spec­tive of peo­ple with can­cer and their fam­i­lies, car­ers, clin­i­cians, health providers and the gen­er­al community.

For more infor­ma­tion about the project and to reg­is­ter to attend a work­shop, vis­it the SA Health web­site.

To learn more about the Statewide Can­cer Clin­i­cal Net­work, see Can­cer Clin­i­cial Net­work.