National Pancreatic Cancer Roadmap update
Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation and our supporters have been advocating for a national strategic approach to pancreatic cancer. In response to our call, the Federal Health Minister, Hon. Greg Hunt MP announced in February that he was asking Cancer Australia to lead the creation of a National Pancreatic Cancer Roadmap.
Avner Foundation CEO, Michelle Stewart has subsequently met with Cancer Australia to discuss the Roadmap. The Roadmap will take an evidence-based approach to reviewing all aspects of the pancreatic cancer journey and has been highlighted by Cancer Australia as a high priority project. Cancer Australia has prepared a basic plan for the project and they intend to start as quickly as possible with the first stage of the project being wide, community consultation.
"We encourage our community to provide input to this consultation when the time is right," said Michelle Stewart. "Avner Foundation is pleased that pancreatic cancer has, for the first time, been prioritised on a national level and we will provide Cancer Australia any support required so we can collectively meet our goal of improving survival for patients diagnosed with this disease."
We will continue to keep our supporters informed of updates and progress.
UPDATE - 29 May - Media coverage on ABC
The awareness event hosted by Avner Foundation in Canberra earlier this year and the subsequent launch of the National Pancreatic Cancer Roadmap by Minister Hunt has lead to further media coverage of pancreatic cancer across the nation.
On 28 May, ABC Australia 7.30 Report aired a program that focused on some moving personal stories, and a reminder from Avner CEO, Michelle Stewart, that investment in research is vital and we're pushing to give pancreatic cancer more attention.