The Department of Health and Human Services is conducting a series of consultations in October to help inform the development of the Victorian Cancer Plan 2020-2024.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today announced that public consultation for the Victorian cancer plan 2020-2024 is now open giving Victorians an opportunity to have their say on how to improve cancer outcomes.
The Victorian cancer plan 2020-2024 will identify priorities to prevent cancer, increase survival, improve the experience of the cancer treatment and care system, and achieve equitable outcomes for all Victorians.
The Victorian cancer plan 2016 – 2020 includes five key action areas, including;
- primary prevention
- screening and early detection
- wellbeing and support
The next cancer plan (2020-2024) will be a continuation of these priorities with greater focus over the next four years in addressing these priorities. The department welcomes feedback from Victorians.
Our efforts to detect cancers earlier and improve treatments has seen the five-year survival rates for cancer increase from 46 per cent to 68 per cent over the past 30 years. However we know there is more work to be done.
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 Victorian cancer plan 2020-2024 consultation paper can be found here.
There will be two face-to-face workshops in Northern Victoria:
- Mildura consultation will take place on Tuesday 15 October at 9.00am at the Mildura Quality Hotel.
- Shepparton consultation will take place on Friday 25 October 9.00am at The Carrington.
If you are unable to attend a workshop, online consultation will be available through the Engage Victoria platform until 4 November 2019: www.engage.vic.gov.au/victorian-cancer-plan-2020-2024
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“Most of us have, or know someone, that has been touched by cancer. This is an opportunity for you to share your views, experience and feedback so that we can achieve better outcomes in prevention, detection and treatment.”
“I am proud to be part of an Andrews Labor Government that engages and works together with the community. I encourage everyone to participate by attending a workshop or completing the online survey – and have your voice heard on how best we can achieve better cancer outcomes in Victoria.”