South Australia is committed to ongoing collaborative investment in cancer research to reduce the burden of cancer on the community. In 2006, South Australia’s Cancer Clinical Network, in collaboration with Cancer Council SA developed the first Statewide Cancer Control Plan. This plan laid the foundations for the South Australian Cancer Research Collaborative – a joint venture between SA Health, Cancer Council SA, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia. Finalised in 2011, the Collaborative was the most significant change in cancer research strategy in South Australia’s recent history and oversaw the implementation and management of state level funding from 2011 to 2016; the Cancer Council Beat Cancer Project. Building upon this, Cancer Council SA has led the development of this, the 2016-2021 South Australian Cancer Research Strategy, in partnership with SA Health and South Australia’s research institutions; The University of Adelaide, Flinders University, the University of South Australia and SAHMRI.
The Strategy was developed in response to a need to ensure that the South Australian cancer research enterprise continues to grow its strong foundations and competitiveness, and is well placed to adapt to and take advantage of the growing health and medical research and health services infrastructure in South Australia.
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Key findings identified in the report;
The burden of cancer on the South Australian community is growing
Cancer represents a significant cost to the health care system
Health and medical research is a fast-growing economic and health service multiplier
The South Australian Government is investing in infrastructure to support a ‘smart industry’
South Australia has a productive cancer research community
Recommendation 1: Establish sustainable cancer surveillance and cancer quality and safety monitoring to support cancer control service providers.
Recommendation 2: Review and identify more effective methods for the implementation of research evidence into practice and policy.
Recommendation 3: Develop new translational research projects.
Recommendation 4: Develop targeted calls for research to address health inequities in priority areas in South Australia.
Recommendation 5: Promote greater consumer involvement in implementing the research strategy.
Recommendation 6: A research strategy evaluation framework is established that includes routine, periodic benchmarking of KPIs with leading states.
Recommendation 7: The research strategy is accompanied by a communications plan.
Recommendation 8: Identify and support high impact, innovative research that is in line with our state’s unique features.
Recommendation 9: Review of access, functionality and optimisation of research platforms.
Recommendation 10: Expand cancer clinical trials in both number and impact.
Recommendation 11: Partnering with Health Industries SA to maximise industry engagement.
Recommendation 12: The Beat Cancer Project be funded for a further 5 years with transitioning of governance to support close integration with recent developments that support linkages between research and health services.
Recommendation 13: Refresh the SACCC with greater stakeholder representation and engagement, and use the SACCC to drive the Beat Cancer Project and South Australian Cancer Research Strategy.
Recommendation 14: The Beat Cancer Project to continue as the Flagship Program for South Australian funded Cancer Research.
Recommendation 15: Redistribute the proportion of funding to better support clinical and health services pillars of research.
Recommendation 16: Increased funding for workforce and capacity building.
Recommendation 17: Cancer Council SA, SA Health and SAHMRI collaborate with the universities to continue funding for Research Chair and Fellow positions, and build formal mentoring capacity.
Recommendation 18: Research people capacity gap analysis be performed to strengthen cancer research leadership.
Recommendation 19: A plan for gender equality that leverages universities and institutional plans be developed.
Recommendation 20: Collaboration mechanisms be strengthened.
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