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SARRAH Comments - Australian Cancer Plan 2023-2033

In short, Service for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) supports the Australian Cancer Plan, and notes, in particular, the strong and welcome emphasis on improving equity in health outcomes that are central to the Plan. The emphasis on improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is strongly supported and necessary, considering the stark differences in cancer prevalence and outcomes experienced by First Nations’ Australians. SARRAH congratulates Cancer Australia for making this such an unequivocal priority.
In keeping with that, SARRAH also welcomes and strongly supports the recognised need to address service and access needs across rural and remote Australia and the substantiate workforce development and support agenda required to facilitate that access and thereby improve equity of outcomes.