Commitment to cancer control involves coordinated measures that focus on:
- Support (including palliative care)
- National action (National Cancer Expert Reference Group)
Department of HealthThe Department of Health has overarching portfolio responsibility for managing cancer control policy and for the implementation of the majority of cancer related budget measures. The department funds:
- research, prevention and detection through population screening programs
- support and treatment for those living with cancer, including palliative care programs
- support for health professionals who care for cancer patients.
The main functions of Cancer Australia include:
- providing national leadership in cancer control
- guiding scientific improvements to cancer prevention and care
- coordinating and liaising with a wide range of groups and providers with an interest in cancer
- making recommendations to the Australian Government about cancer policy and priorities
- overseeing a dedicated budget for cancer research.
- supporting health and medical research
- developing health advice for the Australian community, health professionals and governments
- providing advice on ethical behaviour in health care and in the conduct of health and medical research
- NHMRC is the single largest funder of cancer research in Australia.
AIHW's aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians through better health and welfare information and statistics. The AIHW collects and reports information on a wide range of topics and issues ranging from health and welfare expenditure, hospitals, disease and injury and mental health to ageing, homelessness, disability and child protection.
The AIHW's National Centre for Monitoring Cancer was established in 2009 to monitor cancer rates and their impact and outcomes, and to identify and address priority gaps and deficiencies in population-level cancer data to improve the evidence base.