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Lung Cancer Framework launched

Cancer Australia has launched a framework to improve outcomes and experiences of people with lung cancer. The Lung Cancer Framework: Principles for Best Practice Lung Cancer Care in Australia is a national resource for health professionals and service providers involved in the care and treatment of people affected by lung cancer. It provides evidence-based, best practice information, strategies, tools and resources based on Cancer Australia’s five Principles of Best Practice Management of Lung Cancer: patient-centred care; timely access to evidence-based pathways of care; multidisciplinary care; co-ordination, communication and continuity of care; and data driven improvements. According to Cancer Australia, lung cancer is the fifth most commonly diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer death in Australia. Access the framework here.

Alcohol and illicit drugs responsible for almost one in 20 deaths

Together, alcohol and illicit drug use is responsible for almost one in 20 deaths, according to a new Australian Institute of Health and Welfare analysis. Revising and extending data from the previously published Australian Burden of Disease Study, the new analysis, found that combined alcohol and illicit drugs were responsible for 4.5% of all deaths in Australia in 2011. They were responsible for 6.7% of Australia’s combined fatal and nonfatal disease burden, compared with 9% from tobacco smoking and 2.6% from physical inactivity, and the burden was much higher in men than women (9.1% vs 3.8%). Read the report, Impact of Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use on the Burden of Disease and Injury in Australia, here.