6 February 2020

Western Australia’s new cancer plan raises the bar

Western Australia’s new cancer plan was launched this week on World Cancer Day. WA Cancer Plan 2020–2025 is a blueprint for action over the next five years to provide the best possible cancer services for Western Australians.

Cancer and Palliative Care Network team and the Minister for Health at the launch of the WA Cancer Plan 2020-2025
From left to right, Dr James Williamson, DOH ADG Clinical Excellence; Dr Susannah Morris, consumer representative; Dr Lisa Miller; Hon Roger Cook MLA, Minister for Health; Mr Ashley Reid, CEO Cancer Council WA

It includes objectives to establish a central system to capture, manage and share cancer data across WA hospitals, planned improvements to the delivery of cancer care throughout the State and the development of genomic testing for Western Australians.

WA’s new cancer plan outlines a long-term strategy for cancer research and includes improved access to clinical trials and evidence-based research for patients. The establishment a Future Health Research and Innovation Fund will dramatically change this landscape by providing secure long-term funding for research.   

The development of the new WA Cancer Plan, involved extensive consultation with health professionals working in the cancer and research sector, the community and, most importantly, people affected by cancer.

The Plan recognises that WA must extend cancer care beyond hospitals and that care must be designed in partnership with Western Australians. It outlines a way forward for a well-coordinated, high-standard, consumer-focused cancer care system which includes prevention, screening, early detection, treatment, survivorship, palliative and supportive care and research.

Read the WA Cancer Plan.