New website brings together cancer data


Cancer Australia has launched Australia’s first interactive website of national data across the continuum of cancer control – the National Cancer Control Indicators (NCCI).

The NCCI website represents an advance in how population-based cancer data in Australia is consolidated and presented, said the organisation established by the federal government in 2006.

“Access to the latest, quality national data is critical to our understanding the impact of cancer in Australia,” said Cancer Australia CEO, Dr Helen Zorbas.

“NCCI is a unique, dynamic national resource that, for the first time, brings together trusted data to better illuminate Australia’s cancer landscape and inform where our efforts can be best placed.

“It forms a bridge between information and outcomes, enabling users to see interconnections and relationships across cancer control, to monitor trends and benchmark internationally.

“This will enhance understanding, stimulate enquiry and inform future directions in cancer control, whether in research, policy or clinical care.

“However, people affected by cancer as well as the broader community can also use the website with the assurance it is a trustworthy, authoritative source of population-based data contributing to the national effort to improve cancer outcomes.”

Cancer Australia established seven cancer control indicator groups as part of its development of NCCI: Prevention, Screening, Diagnosis, Treatment, Psychosocial care, Research and Outcomes.

NCCI allows users to see visual representations of data on each indicator through interactive charts. Data can also be filtered by tumour type and by category, such as population group, sex, age, and socio-economic status.

NCCI is designed to be updated as new data becomes available and will incorporate new sources of national data.

“It’s an important and exciting step forward for cancer control in Australia and one which Cancer Australia has been pleased to lead,” added Dr Zorbas.

In developing NCCI Cancer Australia has involved, and will continue to collaborate with Australia’s key national cancer data custodians, including the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Government Department of Health.