The state’s latest cancer report card, released yesterday, shows patients in Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) continue to rate their cancer treatment experiences among the state’s best.
The Cancer control in NSW: Statewide report 2018 is one product of the Cancer Institute NSW’s Reporting for Better Cancer Outcomes program, which analyses and reports on key cancer control indicators.
NNSWLHD Chief Executive Wayne Jones said lessening the impact of cancer on people in NSW remains a top priority.
“In 2019, more than 2400 people in Northern NSW LHD will be told they have cancer and there will be about 700 cancer deaths. However, survival has continued to improve for most cancers, as has the number of people taking part in life-saving cancer screening,” Mr Jones said.
Patient experience data shows that patients in Northern NSW have some of the most positive experiences of cancer care in NSW.
Data from the Bureau of Health Information shows the North Coast Cancer Institute – Lismore Cancer Care and Haematology Unit, was recently rated by patients as among the top three performing outpatient cancer clinics in NSW, with 92 per cent of patients surveyed rating the care they received as ‘very good’.
Across the LHD, 88 per cent of patients rated the care they received in cancer outpatient clinics as ‘very good’ and 93 per cent would speak highly of their experience to their friends and family.
“Our clinicians and staff are providing world-class care to patients in Northern NSW,” Mr Jones said.
“We have a state of the art facility in Lismore, and we’re looking forward to the Tweed Valley Hospital coming on board which will include an integrated cancer care service.
“It’s all part of our vision to create a healthy community by providing quality care.”
Chief Cancer Officer and CEO of the Cancer Institute NSW Professor David Currow said every LHD across the state was working towards reducing the impact of cancer.
“There is still much work to do in reducing unwarranted variation in cancer care and outcomes. The Cancer Institute NSW will be working with local health services to build on these findings and improve the cancer care, support and information we provide,” Professor Currow said.
“Improving cancer outcomes is a critical undertaking that we’re pursuing in partnership with clinicians, researchers and policy makers. This is a team effort across the entire health sector, both government and non-government, to ensure people with cancer receive the best care no matter where they live and where they are treated.”
Northern NSW Local Health District spends over $23 million each year on cancer services across the district.