Improving outcomes

Icon of chart with increasing values indicating improving outcomes.The NSW Cancer Plan aims to improve cancer outcomes across the state by delivering high-quality patient treatment and care.

This means promoting earlier detection to give patients the best possible chance of survival, and implementing care pathways to improve treatment.

It also means making sure the health care system delivers quality, patient-centred care focused on reducing unwarranted clinical variations. The strategies support clinicians in their delivery of treatments, particularly through the improvement of the Canrefer and eviQ services. 

Specific strategies will improve outcomes for people affected by lung, bowel and primary liver cancer.

NSW Cancer Plan actions

  • Implementing activities supporting the use of risk assessment tools and diagnostic pathways in primary health care, and supporting the monitoring of people at risk of cancer due to lifestyle.
  • Scoping initiatives that enhance detection and monitoring of people identified with high risk of familial cancers.
  • Developing, implementing and evaluating initiatives that facilitate earlier assessment, facilitate relevant surveillance, improve diagnostic pathway and allow timely access to best practice treatment pathways for people affected by breast, cervical, bowel and other cancers.
  • Implementing and evaluating strategies to ensure all people diagnosed with cancer have their care overseen by a multidisciplinary team, facilitated statewide by Canrefer.
  • Supporting clinician-led benchmarking and quality improvement activities.
  • Facilitating better engagement of primary health care throughout the cancer care continuum.
  • Supporting clinicians to understand and communicate the cancer care treatment plan to people affected by cancer and their general practitioner.
  • Implementing key initiatives under the NSW Rural Health Plan: Towards 2021 relating to the provision of cancer prevention, screening and treatment in regional and rural NSW.
  • Redesigning models of care to ensure equitable and sustainable access to psycho-oncology, and cancer genetics.
  • Facilitating allied health support during and after treatment, throughout recovery.
  • Engaging the community in the design and implementation of cancer services.
  • Improving the eviQ program.
  • Supporting the implementation of the National Service Delivery Framework for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer.
  • Supporting the ongoing development of paediatric oncology services across the state.
  • Developing, implementing and evaluating initiatives that identify population groups at higher risk of cancers, increase awareness of signs and symptoms, facilitate earlier diagnosis and relevant surveillance, improving diagnosis and allow access to best practice for people affected by lung, bowel and primary liver cancer.
  • Implement the NSW Hepatitis B Strategy 2014-2020 and NSW Hepatitis C Strategy 2014-2020.
  • Develop public reporting datasets and benchmarks and facilitate collaboration with researchers to improve quality and reduce unwarranted clinical variation.
  • Expand NSW, national and international benchmarking.
  • Develop systems to better understand occupational cancers.
  • Facilitate the use of evidence in system redesign and quality improvement.
  • Develop evidence-based tools and resources to support optimal practice, including in primary health care.

The indicators below are used to track and report on the progress of this objective

  • Proportion of people receiving single fraction radiotherapy for bone metastases
  • Proportion of people receiving treatment with curative intent
  • Proportion of excisions for hepatocellular carcinoma (primary liver cancer)