WA Cancer Plan 2020-2025

Since 2012, improvements to cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment in Western Australia have been guided by the WA Cancer Plan 2012-2017. The WA Cancer Plan aligns with national, state and territory frameworks and national and international best practice benchmarks to create a cancer strategy designed to benefit Western Australians. The WA Cancer Plan 2012-2017 successor is currently under development.

The WA Cancer Plan 2020-2025 will set out to continue to improve cancer outcomes for Western Australians. A key component will be to address the State Government’s commitment for a long term approach for cancer research for Western Australia which made a commitment to “attract and retain top cancer specialists in WA, develop the skills of the WA cancer workforce and ensure WA patients get access to world-first treatment trials” (State Government Election Commitment).

Work to develop the WA Cancer Plan 2020 – 2025 commenced in April 2019. It is expected that the WA Cancer Plan will be publicly available in February 2020.

Targeted Consumer Engagement

The Department of Health has engaged the Health Consumer’s Council to determine consumer priorities and perspectives on cancer control and cancer research in WA in order to guide the development of the WA Cancer Plan 2020-2025 and to ensure it is patient centric. Consumer perspectives are being obtained through online surveys and have been portrayed through written stories and videos. This information will inform the current state and future needs for cancer control and cancer research.

Research and Innovation Forum - Cancer Research

Widespread consultation was undertaken on Monday 13 May at the Research and Innovation Forum hosted collaboratively by the Department of Health’s WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network Policy Unit and the Research Development Unit. The Forum set out to consult with the health and medical research and innovation sector to inform the development of the Health and Medical Research and Innovation Strategy and the research component of the WA Cancer Plan 2010 – 2025.

Approximately 200 people attended the Forum with a quarter of attendees representing the cancer research sector. The Forum provided an opportunity for a range of people to identify key strengths and challenges for cancer research in WA and key initiatives to be considered in the development of the WA Cancer Plan 2020-2025.

Banner: Images from the Cancer research innovation forum

Cancer Research Online Submissions

The consultation to inform the key priorities and actions for the cancer research component of the WA Cancer Plan is now closed. Over 142 responses were received.


Cancer Control Stakeholder Forum

Stakeholder consultation with consumers and the WA cancer sector was undertaken on 26 July 2019 hosted by the WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network Policy Unit. The Forum set out to identify key strengths, challenges and initiatives for cancer control in WA in order to inform the development of the WA Cancer Plan 2020-2025.

Approximately 150 people representative of consumers, public, private and non-government organisations, clinicians and service planners spanning the continuum of cancer control attended the Forum and provided valuable input to the development of the WA Cancer Plan 2020 – 2025.

Cancer Control Forum summary of preliminary outputs (PDF 204KB)

Banner: Images from the Cancer Control Stakeholder Forum


Cancer Control Online Submissions

Extensive consultation with people affected by cancer, community members, leaders in cancer control, health professionals and researchers, as well as many government and non-government organisations is underway. To date, this has involved consultation activities with over 400 stakeholders including interviews with a range of health professionals and researchers, an online consumer survey conducted by the Health Consumer Council, a Research and Innovation Forum undertaken on 13 May 2019, a Cancer Control Forum undertaken on 26 July 2019 and cancer research online survey and submissions.

An Online consultation to identify key strengths, challenges and initiatives for cancer control is now open. Feedback provided will shape cancer care and contribute to the development of the WA Cancer Plan 2020-2025.

Evaluation Framework and Guiding Principles for Implementation

The following will be publicly available in February 2020:

The WA Cancer Plan 2020-2025

A five year strategy to:

  • Address priorities for consumers in the areas of cancer policy, service planning, cancer research and education;
  • Guide State Government investment for cancer services and research; and
  • Contribute to improved coordination and efficiency of cancer services.

Guiding principles for Implementation

A set of principles to inform the implementation of initiatives and to guide investment of resources required to achieve the objectives of the WA Cancer Plan.

Evaluation Framework

To assess the effectiveness of the activities of the WA Cancer Plan in achieving its priorities and objectives and guide the development of subsequent implementation plans.


More information

For further information please email WACPCN.PolicyUnit@health.wa.gov.au.

Last reviewed: 15-03-2019
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WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network