Australia is a world leader in the provision of effective cancer care. We have maintained that position by consistently improving our services against a complex background of increasing rates of cancer diagnosis and improving survival rates.
In Australia, more than 120,000 people were diagnosed with cancer in 2014, and this is expected to rise to 150,000 by 2020. Our treatment success means that more people are living longer after a cancer diagnosis and need ongoing monitoring and support. These factors are leading to mounting pressure on services, and if Australia is to continue to deliver world-class cancer care, we need to further innovate at all levels, from basic science through to healthcare delivery.
The goal of the Centre is to contribute to improving cancer care, in Australia and internationally. Our focus is on translating evidence into policy and practice.
The Centre is led by Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite, Founding Director of the Australian Institute of Health Innovation at Macquarie University, Sydney. It will comprise teams of leading Australian and international cancer clinicians, cancer researchers and health system researchers.
Using qualitative and quantitative research methods, we will improve understanding of how best to intervene in care provision systems. We will develop a deep understanding of the existing system and identifying areas where evidence-uptake is sub-optimal. From this evidence base, we will formally trial interventions to improve uptake.
Importantly, the Centre will also mentor the next generation of researchers and leaders in implementation science in oncology.
The Centre is funded by an NHMRC grant and administered by the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University, Sydney.