Establishment of a National Centre for Gynaecological Cancers was one of the key recommendations of the 2006 report of the Inquiry into gynaecological cancer in Australia by the Senate Community Affairs References Committee:
The first recommendation of the inquiry’s report was:
...that the Commonwealth Government establish a Centre for Gynaecological Cancers within the auspices of Cancer Australia. The Centre will have responsibility for giving national focus to gynaecological cancer issues and improving coordination of existing health, medical and support services and community projects.
You can access the report of the inquiry (and related material) on the Australian Senate website.
In February 2007, the Australian Government provided funding of $1 million to establish the Centre. In the 2008-09 Budget, a further $5.1 million of funding was committed for the following 3 years.
Cancer Australia is working closely with the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre and is consulting with consumers and health professionals to guide the work of the Centre.
The objectives of the National Centre for Gynaecological Cancers are:
- to provide leadership in reducing the impact of gynaecological cancers;
- to build collaboration and partnerships between key stakeholders including consumers, carers, health professionals, researchers, funders and policy makers;
- to provide education and increase awareness among medical and allied health professionals;
- to build the evidence base for the control of gynaecological cancers across the cancer control continuum, including through research and clinical trials;
- to foster linkages with national and international partners; and
- to inform policy development across the cancer control continuum.
The Centre is working towards an environment where:
- consumers, carers, health professionals, researchers and policy makers are working together to reduce the impact of gynaecological cancers;
- there is a strong and sustainable health workforce supporting women with gynaecological cancers;
- evidence-based information about gynaecological cancers is available for consumers and health professionals;
- treatments for women with gynaecological cancers are evidence-based; and
- outcomes are equitable for all women including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women living in rural and remote areas and women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.