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.