Working together

Success requires many people and organisations in NSW working together.

The following organisations, agencies and services each have a role to play in contributing to the success of this NSW Cancer Plan, through undertaking activities in line with some or all of the agreed priorities and actions:

  • The NSW Ministry of Health provides overall direction, management and oversight of NSW Health.
  • The Cancer Institute NSW, a pillar organisation of NSW Health, sets the direction for cancer control across the state in collaboration with other stakeholders, leads efforts on cancer care in NSW, and measures and reports progress.
  • Other pillar organisations of NSW Health provide specialised support to the health system (i.e. the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI), Bureau of Health Information (BHI), Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) and the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI)).
  • The broader NSW and Australian governments provide the enabling environment for prevention, cancer screening, care, treatment and support.
  • Cancer-specific publicly-funded health services, which are provided by specialist cancer services in local health districts (LHDs) and specialty networks (SNs).
  • The wider public health system, including emergency and acute care services, preventive health, allied health, psychosocial and palliative care, and the Multicultural Health Communications Service (MHCS).
  • Primary care is provided by Primary Health Networks (PHNs), general practitioners (GPs) and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs).
  • The private sector, which, along with the public health system, provides diagnostics, cancer- specific care and treatment services, and manufactures pharmaceuticals.
  • Not-for-profit organisations deliver a range of health promotion activities, patient information, care and support, including patient advocacy (e.g. the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AH&MRC) of NSW, Cancer Council NSW and Cancer Voices NSW).
  • The research community, professional bodies and academia drive advances in prevention, screening, treatment, follow-up, survivorship and palliative care.

Related strategies

The NSW Cancer Plan is influenced by, and operates alongside, a number of statewide strategies. 

It is guided by the Premier’s Priorities and aligns to Future Health: Guiding the next decade of care in NSW 2022–2032, which provides the strategic framework and priorities for the whole health system over the next decade.

Other key strategies

Other key strategies that have informed or enabled the development of the NSW Cancer Plan include:


  • Elevating the Human Experience
  • National Preventive Health Strategy 2021–2030
  • NSW Aboriginal Health Plan 2013–23
  • NSW Plan for Healthy Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities: 2019-2023
  • NSW Refugee Health Plan
  • NSW LGBTQI+ Health Strategy
  • Rural Health Plan


  • Health Professionals Workforce Plan 2012–22
  • NSW Health Aboriginal Workforce Strategic Framework Good Health Great Jobs
  • NSW Health Strategic Framework for Integrated Care
  • NSW Primary Health Care Cancer Framework
  • End of life and Palliative Care Framework 2019–24
  • NSW Health Genomics Strategy
  • NSW Tobacco Strategy 2012–21
  • NSW Skin Cancer Prevention Strategy
  • NSW Healthy Eating and Active Living Strategy 2013–18
  • NSW Hepatitis B and C Strategies 2014–20.