Key messages

  • The Government has released the Victorian cancer plan 2016 -2020, providing a framework to improve cancer outcomes for all Victorians.
  • The cancer plan establishes long-term goals to prevent cancer, increase survival, improve the experience of the cancer treatment and care system and achieve equitable outcomes for all Victorians.
  • This is the first plan to be developed under the Improving Cancer Outcomes Act 2014, which requires the preparation of a cancer plan every four years.

Improving cancer outcomes for all Victorians

The cancer plan sets ambitious goals, and provides a framework to improve cancer outcomes for all Victorians.

The plan has a medium-term goal to save 10,000 lives by 2025. Through preventing cancers, detecting cancers earlier, improving treatment and reducing unwarranted variations we can avert 10,000 cancer related deaths in the next 10 years.

We have set long-term goals, and by 2040 we aim to:

  • halve the proportion of Victorians diagnosed with preventable cancers
  • double the improvement in one- and five-year survival of Victorians with cancer
  • ensure Victorians have the best possible experience of the cancer treatment and care system
  • achieve equitable outcomes for all Victorians.

The plan identifies priorities for actions that build on our achievements and respond to key challenges across five priority action areas:

  • primary prevention
  • screening and early detection
  • treatment
  • wellbeing and support
  • research.

During 2017 the department will develop a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the cancer plan in consultation with the sector.

We value ongoing engagement and feedback, and you can register your details to be kept informed about progress on the cancer plan.

Contact via email cancerplanning@dhhs.vic.gov.au, or phone 9096 2136.

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