People affected by cancer and the broader community are seeking to be active participants in decision making about their health. Cancer Australia values the integral role of consumers in patient-centred cancer control.
Cancer Australia is committed to harnessing the valuable expertise of consumers to inform Cancer Australia’s activities. Our approach is to broaden and strengthen opportunities to bring consumers together with all other stakeholders, including policy makers, health professionals and researchers, to provide advice and input across all activities from policy and strategy through to program delivery. This approach ensures the Agency’s strategic direction and program of work is patient-centred and responsive to the needs of people affected by cancer.
The development of Cancer Australia’s Strategic Plan 2011-2014 provided a landmark opportunity to work with our various stakeholders, consumers being key among these, to determine our direction and distinct contribution to cancer control.
The National Framework for Consumer Involvement in Cancer Control, developed in collaboration with Cancer Voices Australia, provides international leadership in promoting effective engagement of consumers at all levels in cancer control.