The Beat Bowel Cancer Project (BBCP) is one of the priority areas for the NHMRC-accredited SA Centre. Some funding for the BBCP had been received to date: NHMRC funding supports the Project Officer role and funding from the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) supports the colorectal cancer data linkage project (Professor David Roder). To date, BBCP working groups have developed a range of activities to work towards the aspirational goal of zero deaths from bowel cancer by 2030. The BBCP has now reached its next phase of developing an overarching strategic plan and prioritising activity to move the project forward.
The first Executive Committee meeting for 2017 was held late-March, with three new appointments to the Committee: two consumer representatives and a new representative from Cancer Council SA following the recent resignation of the previous nominee. Both the Adelaide and Country SA PHNs have also nominated representatives to participate in future Committee meetings. A Fundraising and Advocacy Committee has also been established to identify and progress opportunities to ensure the financial sustainability of the BBCP.
Work is progressing on the colorectal cancer data linkage project, the outcomes of which will underpin the BBCP. The data linkage project aims to develop linkages between registry data and administrative health data to test the quality and usefulness of these linked datasets for research and health-service performance review. The project will link Commonwealth and State datasets with SA cancer registry data, using the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW) data linkage unit.
For further information, contact: Carol Holden, Carol.Holden@sahmri.com