Policy priorities

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Policy priorities


The evidence to support these recommendations is contained in the Effective interventions section of this chapter.


Table 1. Strategy for reducing cancer burden due to occupation in Australia

Improving the quality of Australian data relating to occupational carcinogens and exposures
Policy priority/action Agency
Systematic collection of exposure surveillance data including surveys of workplace exposures to carcinogens Safe Work Australia, National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS)
Establish national priorities for monitoring and surveillance in relation to occupational cancer Multiple, COAG. Opportunity for federal government to lead consistency across jurisdictions; opportunity for NGO sector to help drive agenda
Collection of data on the implementation and effectiveness of workplace controls and regulations Safe Work Australia
Expanding the evidence base
Policy priority/action Agency
Establish national priorities for research, identifying and addressing gaps in the evidence base Opportunity for federal government to lead consistency across jurisdictions; opportunity for NGO sector to help drive agenda
Provide research funding to address conditions specific to Australian workplaces As above
Provide research funding for monitoring emerging/potential risks As above
Improve evidence on the circumstances of occupational exposure to carcinogens and their effect over lengthy time lags As above
Timely translation of new knowledge into practice through regulations and adoption of best practice As above
Improving and standardising workplace regulation and compliance
Policy priority/action Agency
Harmonise regulations and policy surrounding occupational carcinogens across different industries Opportunity for federal government as part of national reform agenda
Promote awareness of, and monitor compliance with, best-practice occupational cancer prevention strategies Work safety agencies, through collaborative, evidence-based approaches
Monitor and enforce compliance with regulations relating to occupational cancers Work safety agencies, through collaborative, evidence-based approaches
Raising awareness of occupational cancers
Policy priority/action Agency
Increase awareness of occupational cancer through GPs, cancer clinicians and occupational clinicians Opportunities in current health system reform agenda
Establish collaborations between government, industry-led bodies and trade unions to increase awareness about carcinogens in the workplace Multiple, driven by federal agencies


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