eCPD - Australian Cancer Atlas – A critical piece of the evidence puzzle
Date & Time
Friday, 4 Jun 2021
- 5:00 pm
Speaker: Prof Peter Baade, Cancer Council Queensland
Australian Cancer Atlas – a critical piece of the evidence puzzle
There is a well-established association between the health and well-being of people and where they live. This may be due to the characteristics of the geographical area, such as remoteness, area-disadvantage or access to medical and other services, or it may reflect the scenario where people with similar individual-level characteristics tend to live in similar areas. These health inequalities by geographical area have important implications for decision makers in government, health services and the general community. Ideally, their decisions need to be based on the best available evidence.
When launched in September 2018, the Australian Cancer Atlas provided a critical piece of evidence that had previously been missing. That is, to document the extent and patterns of the geographical inequalities in cancer incidence and survival across Australia. By describing the geographical patterns for four key cancers – melanoma, prostate cancer, liver cancer and lung cancer, combined with what is known about risk factors and screening patterns for these cancer types, this presentation will describe how the Australian Cancer Atlas fits into the evidence puzzle. It will also describe how the current Atlas provides a unique foundation for further development to improve our understanding of how and why cancer indicators vary by where people live.
Su Ling Meimaris