Cancer prevention election scorecard
Invest in cancer prevention programs
Invest in skin cancer prevention strategies
Tougher Tobacco Sellers laws
Mandatory kilojoule labelling in fast food outlets in WA
Increase investment in local cancer research
Lift participation in and effectiveness of bowel screening
Invest in the distribution of the Find Cancer Early campaign
Improved care for cancer patients
Improve Indigenous cancer care
Improve the mental health of cancer patients
Improve cancer data to drive better cancer outcomes
What they've announced
If elected, the Labor government say they will:
Tighten the policing of tobacco laws and explore further tobacco law reform. (Neither party specifically committed to reducing the number of license holders as suggested. Both have committed to tightening tobacco licensing provisions or enforcement. Precise detail remains unclear) Announced by Roger Cook at the Public Health Forum, 14 February 2017
Inject $35M per year over 10 years into health and medical research (No mention of specific dollar value for the cancer research element of this). Announced by Mark McGowan and Roger Cook on 21 February 2017
Expand the Find Cancer Early campaign to more regional areas of WA (No specific mention of dollar value investment). Announced by Roger Cook at the Public Health Forum, 14 February 2017
Examine the recommendations of the 2015 Cancer Care Taskforce in relation to integrated care for high volume cancers at Royal Perth Hospital (We recommend implementing and resourcing these recommendations state-wide). Letter to Cancer Council WA dated 24 February 2017
If elected, the Liberal government say they will:
Tighten restrictions on the sale of tobacco and make it illegal for employees under 18 to sell tobacco products (We recommend capping and reducing the number of tobacco sellers licenses over 4 years and increasing annual license fee). Announced by John Day at the Public Health Forum, 14 February 2017
Commit $500k over 2 years for a public education campaign to increase the uptake of bowel cancer screening (We recommend 4 years). Letter to Cancer Council WA dated 22 February 2017
Remain committed to implementing the WA Adult Cancer Taskforce action plan and working with key stakeholders to improve health outcomes and guide optimal care for people with cancer (no specific mention of dollar value investment) Letter to Cancer Council WA dated 8 March 2017
Both parties say they will:
Both parties were asked directly at the Public Health Forum on February 14 2017 about funding for cancer prevention programs, and both recognised the essential nature of investment in prevention but were unable to definitively confirm if the current state government investment in these prevention programs will be maintained. Neither mentioned any increase in funding.
*Our voices are being heard. These announcements are a good start, but there's still more to be done. No party has committed to 100% of any of the above priorities.
Regardless of who wins government, we’ll continue to fight for better cancer outcomes on your behalf so that some time very soon, no family loses a loved one to this devastating disease.
You can help us continue to put pressure on the next state government by signing our petition.