GPs & Health Professionals

The philosophy of an integrated cancer service is that hospitals and primary and community health services develop integrated care and defined referral pathways for the populations they serve. This requires effective collaboration between hospitals and community-based services, including general practitioners. This will promote more effective local coordination of care for cancer patients, and a more rational, evidence-based approach to cancer service planning and delivery.

Patient Management Framework Breast tumour stream: breast cancer. Published by Metropolitan Health and Aged Care Services Division, Victorian Government Department of Human Services, Melbourne Victoria Australia May 2006

 

GP Referral Pathways (Goulburn Valley)

Click here to view resources which provide information to aid GP referral to appropriate specialists with required initial work-up to allow for a timely and appropriate referral.

 

GP Referral Pathways (Rapid Access Lung Cancer Clinic/MDTM, Albury Wodonga)

The Victorian Lung Cancer Service Redesign Program (VLCSRP) is a Victorian Integrated Cancer Service and Department of Health and Human Services funded project which aims to assist health services to improve access and timeliness of lung cancer care. This project aims to apply a state-wide, Integrated Cancer Services approach to service improvements for which the Southern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service (SMICS) is the project lead. This project also works alongside steps two – four of the Optimal Care Pathway for People with Lung Cancer.

 As part of this project, the lung cancer multidisciplinary team at Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre (AWRCC) and partners have developed a rapid access pathway for all patients with suspected lung cancer within the Border East Hume Region. The newly implemented model has increased the frequency of multidisciplinary team meetings from monthly to weekly and has incorporated a clinic component, enabling patients to rapidly access multidisciplinary expertise in the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer.

 All patients with suspected lung cancer, lung nodules or masses should be referred immediately to a specialist within the Rapid Access Lung Cancer Clinic/Multidisciplinary Team Meeting at AWRCC. For further information regarding signs and symptoms, initial investigation recommendations, ideal referral content and specialist referral pathways please click here. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact cara.ross@humerics.humehealth.org.au or call 02 6064 1530.

 

Additional Information

  • eviQ Cancer Treatments Online provides accurate, current, relevant and evidence based information for use at the point of care.
  • The EdCaN Project has developed a National Professional Development Framework for Cancer Nursing and a suite of Learning Resources targeted at building capacity of the nursing workforce in cancer control, with the ultimate aim of improving health outcomes for people affected by cancer.
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