||The South Australian Cancer Registry (SACR) is established under the South Australian Health Commission Act, 1976, Regulation No. 73 1991. It was introduced in 1977 to provide statistical information on cancer in South Australia. Notification of cancer is required by law for public and private hospitals and pathology laboratories when a diagnosis of cancer is made. All information sent to the Registry is protected by the South Australian Health Commission Act. The Registry is maintained by the Epidemiology Branch of the South Australia Department for Health and Ageing.
The SACR provides population-based statistics about cancer incidence, mortality, and case fatality (survival) for the residents of South Australia. The SACR collects a minimum data set for each cancer case, including such elements as place of residence, sex, date of birth, date of diagnosis, cancer site and morphology, means of diagnosis, whether there were multiple primary sites of cancer, race, country of birth, and date, place and cause of death, where applicable.
Primary sources of information include pathology laboratories, hospitals, radiotherapy departments, the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) and other supplementary sources such as clinicians. These notifications are mandated by the SA Cancer Regulations. The information is refined through contact with the primary health-care sector and with other cancer registries, resulting in near 100% ascertainment.