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  • Update July 2022

    Cancer Australia has been working with stakeholders and the Department of Health and Aged Care across the cancer system to develop the first Australian Cancer Plan (ACP). The ACP will provide an overarching national approach to cancer control that meets the needs of all Australians now and in the future and will address unacceptable disparities in outcomes.

    Achieving equity in cancer outcomes and experience is at the centre of the Australian Cancer Plan, and we are engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other priority populations whose outcomes are poorer, to explore strategies to increase equitable outcomes.

    There has been extensive stakeholder engagement in the development of the ACP since the announcement of its development in February 2021, and we are encouraged by the strong support for the plan as a comprehensive national approach to addressing cancer control priorities.

    We received close to 300 submissions to the recent public consultation process, with high stakeholder expectation for continuing momentum.

    A number of activities are underway to support the development of the ACP. These include the refinement of the 10-year ambition statements for each of six strategic objectives and the 5-year and 2-year goals that will help us reach the 10-year ambitions.

    To support these activities, we held a series of workshops for each Strategic Objective.

    Key insights included:

    • Cancer care needs to be culturally appropriate and equitable to ensure disparities across priority population groups are considered.
    • Systems need to be culturally safe and integrated so that cancer patients have a trusted system that meets their cultural, health, and wellbeing needs.
    • All Australians need to have equitable access to services and information relating to their healthcare journey.
    • There is a need for increased data sharing, access, and collaboration.
    • There is a need to strengthen, support, retain and diversify the current workforce, e.g., by upskilling, investing in infrastructure, and leveraging technologies.

    We are prioritising targeted engagement with priority population groups and stakeholders to test the 10-year ambition statements and 5-year and 2-year goals, and to identify potential system and national level actions that will achieve these goals.

    A second public consultation on the draft Australian Cancer Plan is planned to occur, where there will be another opportunity for all our stakeholders and the public to provide their feedback on the draft ACP between November 2022 and January 2023. A series of virtual townhalls to will also be held. Lookout for these events in our future updates. We look forward to updating you as the work progresses, through our newly-launched engagement hub.

    We invite you to sign up here to receive regular development updates and so we can engage with you and gain your valuable input on key aspects of the Australian Cancer Plan.

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