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Draft NSW Cancer Plan

The Cancer Institute NSW has released the draft NSW Cancer Plan for public consultation.
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Cancer Institute NSW

What’s this about?

The Cancer Institute NSW is developing the NSW Cancer Plan (the Plan) for the next five years (2022 to 2026). The Plan sets an ambitious direction for NSW to address challenges and leverage new opportunities in all areas of cancer control, from prevention through to survivorship and end-of-life-care.

The Plan continues to centre on the needs of people with cancer, their families and carers. This will ensure that the voices of those who have experienced cancer, their families and carers, are heard. 

The Plan sets the vision, goals and priorities for how the NSW community can end cancers as we know them. 


The vision ‘To end cancers as we know them’, outlines what we are collectively trying to achieve.


The goals set clear outcomes that will help us to achieve the vision. These are:

  • reduce inequity in cancer outcomes
  • reduce the incidence of cancer
  • increase cancer survival
  • enhance the quality of life and experience for people at risk of and affected by cancer.

Overriding principles

The overriding principles guide the direction of the Plan. These are:

  • equity 
  • person-centredness 
  • collaboration. 

Consultation that has informed the draft NSW Cancer Plan

The draft Plan draws together insights from extensive research and consultations:

  • Rapid review of documents provided by the Cancer Institute NSW, including the Cancer Control in NSW Statewide Report 2019, NSW Cancer Plan Interim Evaluation Report (July 2019) and Evidence Check: Cancer Control Plans.
  • Consultations with key national and international experts including stakeholders from the NSW Ministry of Health, the Cancer Institute NSW including the senior leadership team, the NSW Cancer Plan Steering Committee and Governance Committee.
  • Targeted consultations and workshops with people who have experience cancer, their families and carers.
  • Eight co-design workshops with over 350 participants representing government, non-government organisations, clinicians, consumer representatives, researchers and academia.
  • Written responses to the NSW Cancer Plan discussion paper,  were received from key organisations and stakeholders, including those unable to attend co-design workshops.

This NSW Cancer Plan is designed to be a high level, direction-setting plan, with specific activities and collaborating partners to be specified in an accompanying implementation plan.


Have your say

Learn more by reading the Draft NSW Cancer Plan.
You can submit your feedback by completing a brief survey. The survey will take 5 to 10 minutes and consists of 3 sections.

You can choose to complete all sections or skip through to complete the section that most interest you.

Have your say by Monday 26 April 2021.


15 March 2020 to 26 April 2021

NSW Cancer Plan Consultations

Consultation period

From:15 March 2020
To:26 April 2021

See consultation methods

More information

Email: Project team
Phone: 02 8374 3604
Agency Website

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