SA Cancer Plan

SA Health is developing a new five-year state-wide cancer plan that will be informed by community experiences with cancer care in the state.

The plan will provide clear guidance and consistency for SA Health and its partners about the priorities, future direction and approach to cancer care in South Australia.

It will provide an agreed vision and direction for all elements of cancer care including prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and palliative care.

The plan will guide future decisions on service planning, resource allocation and where publicly funded cancer services need to be delivered. It will target areas of highest need, through a population-based approach.

By identifying future opportunities, the plan will provide a strategic direction and ensure a coordinated effort to improve cancer prevention and outcomes for all South Australians.

The final plan and its associated implementation plan are expected to be released by the end of 2023.

The project is being led by the Department for Health and Wellbeing, under the guidance of a Project Board and in partnership with the Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health and the Statewide Cancer Clinical Network.


The objectives of the five-year plan are to:

  • reduce the incidence of cancer occurring in the population
  • improve the cancer journey for those diagnosed with cancer, and their families, support workers and carers 
  • increase long term survivorship after diagnosis. 


The development of the plan starts with understanding the status of cancer prevention and care from the perspective of people with cancer and their families, carers, clinicians, health providers and the general community.

People are invited to share their stories and experiences of cancer care in South Australia by:

Project Manager, SA Cancer Plan
Department for Health and Wellbeing
Level 8, 11 Hindmarsh Square
Adelaide SA 5000

The YourSay consultation is open until Friday 18 November 2022.

The project team will also hold a series of workshops and targeted individual interviews to gather more detailed information about people’s experiences.

The information gathered through all of these approaches will be used to inform future engagements and support development of the draft SA Cancer Plan, which will be released for further consultation.