Rural cancer – disparities and innovation highlighted in the AJRH

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The February issue of the Australian Journal of Rural Health (AJRH) has new evidence and working examples from the Australian health system of emerging models of cancer care. The new models analysed can be scaled up in order to improve access to high-quality services closer to home.

Guest Editors, David Currow (CEO) and Sanchia Aranda (Deputy CEO) of the Cancer Institute of NSW, acknowledge the great advances being made through the Australian Government’s investment in Regional Cancer Centres. They recognise the essential role of primary care in improving outcomes for rural and remote Australians and pinpoint the need for better interactions between specialists and primary care providers. They advocate decentralising services wherever possible, creating new models of care and ensuring the necessary connectivity between specialist, primary and community services, with a greater focus on enabling patient and family self-management. Importantly they recognise that for rural and remote Australians this means services must be delivered closer to home.

This issue of AJRH is a comprehensive review of issues affecting rural cancer which will be of interest to all Australians and access to the articles will be free online at AJRH

Specific content includes:

  • Cancer outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in rural and remote areas - Diaz, Abbey (review article)
  • Who provides care for people dying of cancer? A comparison of a rural and metropolitan cohort in a South Australian bereaved population study - Burns, Catherine
  • Improving regional and rural cancer services in Western Australia - Platt, Violet       
  • Specialist cancer care through telehealth models - Sabesan, Sabe
  • Oncology service initiatives and research in regional Australia - Murphy, Caitlin
  • Survival from breast, colon, lung, ovarian and rectal cancer by geographical remoteness in New South Wales, Australia, 2000-2008 - Chen, Tina