Australian Cancer Plan 2023-2033

The Australian Cancer Plan

The Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, has invited Cancer Australia to develop a modernised Australian Cancer Plan. This recognises the need for an overarching national approach to cancer control that meets the needs of all Australians now and in the future, and is an opportunity to identify and address critical issues in cancer control that need collaborative, coordinated and national action.

Underpinned by the best available evidence, expert knowledge and patient stories, the Australian Cancer Plan aims to make the vision of world-class cancer outcomes and experience a reality for all Australians. The Australian Cancer Plan will be a 10-year plan for national action, with 2-, 5- and 10-year priorities and goals.

A key component of the Australian Cancer Plan is to reduce variation in a person’s risk of developing cancer, their experiences during diagnosis and treatment, and their survival that are influenced by where they live, their background and personal circumstances, and the type of cancer they have.

The Australian Cancer Plan will be designed for use by governments, policy makers, service planners, cancer organisations and research funders. It will work alongside existing state / territory cancer plans and other health and social care strategies, plans and frameworks. Its implementation will require collaborative effort across all stakeholders.

Cancer Australia will deliver the Australian Cancer Plan to the Minister for Health and Aged Care in April 2023.

Read more about the Australian Cancer Plan Ministerial Round Table.

View a video explaining the Australian Cancer Plan

TOGA's submission to the Australian Cancer Plan Consultation

TOGA’s submission centred around the following key themes

  • Investment in research and innovation is necessary to improve cancer care and provides high returns in downstream cost savings

 

  • Clinical trials should feature as routine care in cancer care

 

  • Appreciable gains in cancer survival will not be made without specifically addressing lung cancer survival, as lung cancer is the cancer that claims the most Australian lives

 

  • Data and public health burden should drive the allocation of funding to research and improving quality care

Research funding to specific tumour sites 2016-2018 versus burden of disease (DALYs)

From Cancer Australia. Cancer Research in Australia 2016 to 2018. Opportunities for strategic research investment. Read full report by clicking on above image

TOGA identified the following to ensure that people with lung cancer receive equitable and leading care

  • A national lung cancer clinical quality registry to reduce unwarranted variation and drive improvements in care. Hear our podcast #17 on this unmet need.
  • A commitment to a national Lung Cancer Screening Program
  • Every person with lung cancer must have access to an appropriately resourced multidisciplinary care team
  • 150 additional lung cancer nurses to be appointed during the lifetime of the Australian Cancer Plan
  • Routine collection of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) to identify people with lung cancer that are most in need of support services with tailored provision
  • Facilitation of palliative care in a range of settings to appropriately embed palliative care in all types of cancer care, but particularly for lung cancer, as it carries a high symptom burden
  • A set of coordinated principles underpinning best practice in survivorship care for all cancers, but particularly recognising the unique needs for people with lung cancer
  • Availability of molecular testing for all people diagnosed with lung cancer
  • Embedding clinical trials in routine cancer care and facilitating their conduct by providing funding and access to medicines for investigator-initiated clinical trials that are conducted by TOGA and similar groups in other areas of cancer care
  • A commitment to telehealth and teletrials and streamlining of jurisdictional differences to facilitate national implementation

Read TOGA’s submission