Evidence to Practice Grants

Through Evidence to Practice grants, health and community organisations working in cancer control can receive funding to implement initiatives for those at high-risk of cancer.

This program supports projects that are embedding evaluated research into practice, or those projects which are generating evidence where a gap exists.


Skin—Shade provision

Organisation Project Title Summary Funding
Taree Old Bar Surf Life Saving Club Provision of two sun protection marquees for patrolling members and for Under 14 members Sun protection marquees will enable patrolling surf club members and the Under 14 members, who currently have no shelter designated to their age group, with sufficient shade. Training these younger members to look for shelter and reduce their risk of skin cancer is one of the aims. $4,317
Tamworth Regional Council Nundle swimming pool shade structure A shade structure at Nundle Swimming Pool will reduce over exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) of swimming patrons. Children and young people are among the majority of the patronage at this facility. $20,000
Ballina Tennis
Improved shade provision for competitors and spectators Ballina has the highest incidence of melanoma in NSW. Five shade tents will be purchased to provide participants and spectators at the Ballina Tennis Club with sufficient shade. $7,375
Snowy Mountains Grammar School Construction of two covered outdoor learning areas which will also provide shade for students during recess and lunch breaks The construction of 2 shade structures which can be used for outdoor learning and to provide a sheltered outdoor space during breaks will encourage children and adolescents to use sun protection measures. $27,227
Central School
Baradine Central School Sun
Protection K-12
A number of shade structures will be constructed in a variety of settings including outdoor learning and eating areas, assembly areas, kitchen garden and agricultural areas and physical activity/education areas. $50,000
Coledale Waves Junior Soccer Club Coledale Waves Junior Soccer
Club Shade sails, tree planting and community sun
safety behaviours
The purchase of demountable sails and tree planting will provide competitors and spectators with sufficient shade and reduce over exposure to UVR. $20,000
Cancer Council
Cancer Council NSW and local surf lifesaving clubs working together to increase shade availability at NSW beaches The project will be a partnership between Cancer Council NSW and NSW Surf Life Saving Clubs to provide 24 portable shade structures for local surf life saving clubs, providing shade for their members, spectators, officials and the broader community. $28,704
Friends of
Marsupial Park
Tamworth Marsupial Park Play spaces and education project The provision of shade sails in the high demand play spaces at the Tamworth Marsupial Park will help to reduce over exposure to UVR providing a protective environment, particularly for children to play in. $45,000
Surfing NSW Surfing NSW provision of shade policy A number of shade structures and marquees will be purchased for use by surf schools, boardrider clubs, judging courses, coaches courses, surfer rescue courses and events. $40,000
Parramatta City
Ermington Shady Play Project, Halvorsen Park, Ermington The project will consist of the development, with the input of the local resident committee, of a shade structure to provide improved shade for children playing in Halvorsen Park. $46,000
Central Coast NSW Medicare Local Central Coast Sun Smart
This project will be a partnership between Central Coast NSW Medicare Local, Central Coast Junior Cricket and Central Coast Football to provide portable shade provisions, sun protection information and support in implementing sun protection policies. $35,000

Tobacco Control

Organisation Project Title Summary Funding
Far West LHD Building capacity and partnerships to reduce smoking in pregnancy The aim of this project is to build staff capacity and partnerships to reduce the rates of smoking in pregnant Aboriginal and non-Aborginal women in a sustainable way by engaging women before pregnancy, during antenatal and postnatal visits, at childbirth, and for ongoing follow-up at Child and Family Health Clinics and GP practices. It builds on the brief intervention and Nicotine Replacement Therapy provided by services, but provides a more holistic model including motivational interviewing and follow up in acknowledgment that additonal psycho-social support is required for sustained smoking cessation. $100,000
Health Promotion Service – South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Tobacco control for the Arabic-speaking community in St George LGA This project is a joint initiative between SESLHD Population and Planning Directorate (Health Promotion Service), Primary and Ambulatory Care Service (Multicultural Health Service and Community Health Service) and South Eastern Sydney Medicare Local.
The intervention model consists of; addressing knowledge gaps in tobacco harms and cessation services through media promotion and community events; strengthening
partnerships with community leaders to motivate community call for actions; conducting a
feasibility study to include tobacco cessation into an integrated model of care in clinical services by piloting smoking brief intervention and provision of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to women (pre and post natal) and women accessing the Pap test service as well as their household members in the St George area.
ACON Tobacco control project targeting lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ) women The project will build the evidence-base regarding the types of interventions and messaging that are likely to be effective in this target audience. A survey and focus groups with LBQ women will be conducted to understand why LBQ women take up smoking, motivations to continue/quit, and the barriers that they face when trying to quit. Following this, a social-marketing and public education campaign will be implemented using print material, social and mainstream media, online interventions and attendance at community events to encourage LBQ women smokers to quit. $100,000


Cervical and Breast Screening

Organisation Project Title Summary Funding
Multicultural Health Communication Services BreastScreen promotion in Sri Lankan and Indian women in NSW: engaging community, media, research and health services This project will apply a multi-faceted approach involving media, community engagement, community champions, bilingual talks, culturally relevant resources and group bookings to increase awareness and encourage Sri Lankan and Indian women, and their communities, in NSW to attend breast screening services. This project will also include strategies to strengthen the cultural competency of breast screening services. $100,000


Bowel Screening

Organisation Project Title Summary Funding
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District Bowel preparation: an intervention targeting patient factors to improve the quality of bowel preparation, to increase the efficiency of colonoscopy services after a positive faecal occult blood test The aim of the project is to identify patient factors which impact bowel preparation resulting in an incomplete colonoscopy, address the modifiable factors and to demonstrate a reduction in sub-optimal bowel preparation as a result of the intervention. Improvements in colonoscopy completion rates have the potential to improve waiting times, efficiency and effectiveness of the colonoscopy service. A retrospective audit of colonoscopies performed following a positive Faecal Occult Blood test over a 12 month period will be undertaken. Following this, an endoscopic blinded randomised control study to examine the effects of additional patient education and support on the quality of bowel preparation and patient satisfaction. $69,000


2012 Innovation Grants

Projects focusing on cancer care in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities

Project Project partners Funding (ex. GST)
Suffering and Silence: a theatre based approach to reducing the stigma associated with cancer in CALD communities Multicultural Health Service, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (LHD) $99,950
Reducing stigma and enabling help seeking for cancer in priority CALD communities in the Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD Centre for Health Initiatives, University of Wollongong and Multicultural Health Service, Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD $90,089
Hepatitis B - lets talk about it - engaging youth in addressing stigma, myths and misconceptions to reduce the burden of liver cancer in CALD communities Cancer Council NSW $100,000
Healthy and Happy Life in Sydney - A community partnership program for promoting cancer awareness and screening practices among Chinese and African Australians University of Western Sydney $72,561


Projects on cancer in Aboriginal communities

Project Project partners Funding(ex. GST)
Yarning Together: Health and cancer camp for Aboriginal people in Murrumbidgee LHD Aboriginal Health, Murrumbidgee LHD $50,000
Cancer Awareness and Services Promotion Activities to improve access to Cancer Services for Aboriginal Patients Far West LHD and Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation $23,750
Aboriginal Wellbeing - Closing the Gap in Cancer Care Mid North Coast LHD $50,000
Increase participation rates and awareness of breast and cervical screening programs for Aboriginal women through enhancement of current screening program Aboriginal Health, Northern Sydney LHD $42,000
Service Provider experiences as a basis to inform an Aboriginal cancer care framework within South Western Sydney LHD South Western Sydney LHD $50,000


Projects focusing on cancer care in the primary health sector

Project Project partners Funding (ex. GST)
Bridging the gap between rural and remote - improving the cancer journey for patients of the New England/North West Tamworth Oncology Unit, Hunter New England LHD $52,475
Real-time cancer care communication: Improving communication between multidiscplinary specialist teams and primary health care providers Murrumbidgee Medicare Local and Riverina Cancer Care Centre $42,000
Towards seamless cancer care: What do GPs in South Western Sydney need to facilitate better integration with cancer services? General Practice Unit - Fairfield Hospital, South Western Sydney LHD $50,030
A strategy to increase the involvement of primary care in the regional, rural and remote setting with a multidisciplinary approach to blood cancer care The Leukaemia Foundation $50,000
A collaborative development of a web-based palliative care pathway Calvary Mater Newcastle $41,605
Improving cancer outcome and survivorship through primary care Liverpool Hospital, South Western Sydney LHD $50,000
Implementation of E-Faxing and Internet Conferencing Technology to improve communication and collaboration between the North Coast Cancer Institute and Primary Health Care providers Mid North Coast LHD, North Coast Cancer Institute $50,000
Implementation of E-Faxing and Internet Conferencing Technology to improve communication and collaboration between the North Coast Cancer Institute and Primary Health Care providers Northern NSW LHD, North Coast Cancer Institute $50,000
Defining a role for GPs and patients in multidisciplinary team decisions on cancer care University of Sydney and Sydney LHD $50,000


Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Clinical Training Fellowships

The Cancer Institute NSW is supporting the development of highly qualified cancer specialists through its Clinical Training Fellowship Program. An independent one-off stream for 2012 will fund positions for oncology specialists (and those nearing completion of qualifications in oncology); to work specifically with adolescents and young adults (AYAs) aged 15 to 24 years with cancer.

This Program will support such cancer professionals for one year (1.0 FTE), to enhance their clinical skills, expertise and understanding of the needs of adolescents and young adults with cancer, as well as establish links between paediatric and adult cancer services.


ID Recipient Project Title Administering Institution Funded
11/AYA/3-01 Dr Jennifer Chad A Fellowship for a radiation oncologist to develop AYA experience, and facilitate transfer of expertise and patient care between clinicians managing AYAs in a co-located paediatric and adult hospital. Western Sydney Local Health District $199,950