Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    Minister recommends changes to cancer service

    19/11/2015 8:30 AM
    • Cancer report highlights areas of improvement in adult cancer services
    • Fourteen priority areas identified
    • Expert advisory group to be established to implement priority actions 

    Health Minister Kim Hames today outlined the findings of the independent WA Cancer Taskforce's report into the provision of adult cancer services in Western Australia, saying it was an important step in understanding the delivery of cancer treatment and support services in WA.


    The report outlines 14 priority actions to help strengthen and streamline cancer services across the State, and identifies resource and system areas of importance in the short, medium and longer terms.


    Dr Hames said he had accepted almost all of the report's priority actions in entirety and had advised the Department of Health to work on implementing the recommendations in a timely and co-ordinated approach.


    "The Department of Health has established an expert advisory group to oversee the implementation of priority actions as soon as possible," he said.


    "Immediate actions include the re-establishment of a level 4 oncology service at Royal Perth Hospital, reintroduction of clinical nurse specialist roles and a detailed and transparent audit of wait times.


    "The Department of Health intends to implement the endorsed action points within its current resources and budget."


    The Minister said the prevalence of cancer continued to rise, with more than 208,500 people now on the Western Australian Cancer Registry.


    "More than 11,700 West Australians were diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and that number is projected to increase to more than 14,000 by 2017," he said.


    Chaired by Professor Christobel Saunders, the WA Cancer Taskforce was formed in April 2015 to seek clinician advice on the current issues facing the provision of adult cancer services across public hospital sites.


    Dr Hames said while some priority actions were expected to be implemented within the next three months, it may take up to two years to fully implement longer term projects.


    "This timeline will allow for stakeholder consultation and engagement for analysis and project development," he said.


    "I am fully committed to improving cancer services across Western Australia and I thank the WA Cancer Taskforce for their report."


    Fact File

    • WA Cancer Taskforce established in 2015 under former Acting Director General of Health, Professor Bryant Stokes
    • For more information, visit http://www.health.wa.gov.au  

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