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Cancer Institute of New South Wales

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Cancer Institute NSW
Statutory corporation overview
FormedJuly 2003
TypeGovernment agency
JurisdictionNew South Wales
Headquarters1 Reserve Road, St Leonards
Employees201 (2010)
Minister responsible
Statutory corporation executive
  • Professor David Currow, Chief Executive Officer
Parent Statutory corporationNSW Health
Key document
  • Cancer Institute Act, 2003[1]

The Cancer Institute NSW was established under the Cancer Institute Act, 2003[1] to lessen the impact of cancer in NSW.

The Institute supports and promotes best practice. It works to ensure people across the state, no matter where they live, are provided the same high quality treatment and care – this is vital to improving the outcomes and quality of life for people diagnosed with cancer.

Driven by the objectives of the NSW Cancer Plan, the Institute works to:

  • reduce the incidence of cancer in the community
  • increase the survival rate for cancer patients
  • improve the quality of life of cancer patients and their carers
  • provide a source of expertise on cancer control for the government, health service providers, medical researchers and the general community.

To achieve this, the Institute engages with the community, health professionals, researchers, governments and charity organisations to:

  • provide information, resources and advice about preventing cancer
  • promote the importance of early detection through cancer screening programs
  • provide grants that build research capacity, foster innovation and encourage translation of cancer research into practice
  • maintain quality information sources about cancer in NSW to inform future policy and health planning
  • establish partnerships with cancer healthcare professionals to develop and evaluate programs that improve the quality of cancer treatment and care in NSW.

Cancer Plans

The New South Wales (NSW) Cancer Plan sets out a coordinated and collaborative approach to cancer control. Launched July 2016, it is the fourth cancer plan for NSW and builds on the success of previous plans, with the aim of lessening the burden of cancer in NSW.

The current NSW Cancer Plan is a blueprint for everyone involved in cancer control to collaborate and innovate into the future. By 2021, 53,000 people in NSW will face a diagnosis of cancer every year. A comprehensive and collaborative approach to cancer control is essential to meet the needs of those affected by the disease, and their carers.

There are 3 key goals in the Plan:

  • Reduce cancer incidence
  • Improve survival
  • Improve the quality of life for people affected by cancer.

The NSW Cancer Plan has a particular focus on Aboriginal communities and culturally and linguistically diverse communities, recognising the poorer cancer outcomes that many people in these communities experience. The plan provides an additional focus on lung, bowel and primary liver cancer, due to the considerable impact they have on the community and the potential to make substantial improvements to cancer outcomes. The impact of the NSW Cancer Plan will be measured by a cycle of annual public reporting by the Cancer Institute NSW. This information will be used to continually improve the performance of cancer services and programs in the State.

Date ranges for previous Cancer Plans:

  • NSW Cancer Plan, 2004–2006
  • NSW Cancer Plan, 2007–2010
  • NSW Cancer Plan, 2011–2015

Other cancer services and resources

The Cancer Institute NSW also develops and manages a number of cancer-related information sources and services for the people of NSW. These include:

  • The NSW Cancer Registry
  • Canrefer: an online directory for General practitioners, patients and carers to find referral information for specialist multidisciplinary cancer teams in NSW
  • eviQ: a portal for cancer treatments, providing evidence-based chemotherapy protocols, treatment information and tools at the point of care.
  • iCanQuit: an online community-based smoking cessation support website
  • BreastScreen NSW
  • Cervical Screening NSW

See also


External links

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