One of Australia's largest and most prestigious teams of
health economists have established an Australian-first Economics of Cancer
Program to improve cancer prevention and health delivery for cancer patients.
Cancer Council Victoria and
Deakin Health Economics will use the program to identify and
prioritise research and interventions to improve screening, prevention or
treatment for cancer, along with psychosocial and other supports for patients.
Co-Head of Deakin Health Economics Professor Rob Carter said the main
aims of the program are to identify cost-effective policies that will improve
the health of the community, find cost offsets in the health sector and
identify opportunities to reduce inequality in cancer outcomes.
Cancer Council Victoria CEO Todd Harper said the program aligns with the
organisation's five year strategic plan and will create
opportunities with funders and policy makers to improve the lives of those
affected by cancer.
"Cancer economics can identify the greatest returns on our investment of
human and financial resources to ensure we develop, implement and evaluate
policies and programs that will save direct health system costs, improve
productivity, and-most importantly-save lives," he said.
Senior Health Economist, Dr
Nikki McCaffrey is working with experts on cancer prevention in areas such as
tobacco and obesity, and screening to identify which policies and programs will
have the most impact if implemented. Community concerns and the views of
stakeholders (funders, policymakers and partners) will also be considered to
achieve equity delivery health.