The Albanese Government is making the biggest investment in cancer nurses on record.
For patients confronted with a cancer diagnosis, the healthcare system can be overwhelming – that’s why the Albanese Government is investing in more cancer nurses and additional care for patients throughout their journey.
The Government is committing $166 million for a first of its kind Australian Cancer Nursing and Navigation Program, bringing total investment from the 2023-24 Budget to support the implementation of the recently released landmark Australian Cancer Plan to $735.7 million.
This investment will deliver improved cancer outcomes across Australia, from cancer prevention and early detection through to recovery, treatment, survivorship and end of life care.
This investment by the Albanese Government will have the potential to support the one million people in Australia today who are either currently living with, or have lived with cancer, and those who will be diagnosed in the future.
The Australian Cancer Nursing and Navigation Program will improve equitable access to high quality, multidisciplinary and integrated cancer services for all people with cancer, irrespective of their type of cancer or where they live, through investment in:
These commitments are in addition to the $48.2 million announced today to support implementation of the National Strategy for the Elimination of Cervical Cancer in Australia.
These investments build on the Government’s other significant investments through the 2023-24 Budget to establish a National Lung Cancer Screening Program, support the Aboriginal and Community Controlled Health Organisation sector to support cancer care needs of First Nations people on the ground, and ensure mainstream cancer care services are culturally safe and accessible to First Nations people.
These measures take the Commonwealth's investment in improving cancer outcomes to almost $2.5b over the next four years, excluding the cost of Medicare services and pharmaceuticals.
As at 17 November 2023.