Friday, December 08, 2017
This Looks Like Another Worthwhile Initiative From Government. Worth Knowing About!
This appeared last week:
27 November 2017
Cancer Australia’s new searchable database is giving GPs quick access to population data on cancers.
The National Cancer Control Indicators website, launched this month, brings together information on 17 cancers from trusted sources.
Quick fact cards present up-to-date data on prevention, incidence rates, treatment, and five-year relative survival.
“Cancer is a pretty scary word,” says Dr Liz Marles, the director of the Hornsby GP Unit in Sydney and member of Cancer Australia’s Advisory Council. “Getting a cancer diagnosis is probably one of the biggest personal challenges for people.”
By sharing this kind of contextual information with patients, GPs could shape more realistic expectations and guide decision-making, she said.
“We are dealing with a much more informed consumer these days,” Dr Marles said. “People are going on to the internet, they are finding bits of information that they don’t know what to trust, they don’t know how reliable it is.”
GPs have a role as guardians of truth but, until now, authoritative cancer statistics have been scattered across multiple websites, or buried in reports.
“Every day we have conversations with people around prevention, screening and diagnosis and this is going to give us a whole lot better evidence base to have those conversations,” Dr Marles says.
The website aims to provide an inclusive picture of changing trends and impacts of cancer over time, according to Cancer Australia.
NCCI is designed to be updated as new data becomes available. The new resource can be found at: www.ncci.canceraustralia.gov.au.
More can be found about Cancer Australia here:
“Cancer Australia was established by the Australian Government in 2006 to benefit all Australians affected by cancer, and their families and carers. Cancer Australia aims to reduce the impact of cancer, address disparities and improve outcomes for people affected by cancer by leading and coordinating national, evidence-based interventions across the continuum of care.
Cancer Australia works collaboratively and liaises with a wide range of groups, including those affected by cancer, key stakeholders and service providers with an interest in cancer control. The agency also focuses on populations who experience poorer health outcomes, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people living in rural and remote Australia.
As the lead national cancer control agency, Cancer Australia also makes recommendations to the Australian Government about cancer policy and priorities.
Cancer Australia’s vision
The vision of Cancer Australia is to reduce the impact of cancer and improve the wellbeing of people affected by cancer.
Cancer Australia’s mission
Cancer Australia’s mission is to strengthen and provide advice on the Australian Government’s strategic focus on cancer control and care.”
It is good to see at least one Government initiative that has actually been running for a decade and is still funded.
A useful resource.
Posted by Dr David G More MB PhD at Friday, December 08, 2017