Established in 2006, the Victorian Integrated Cancer Services promote the development of an organised, coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to the provision of cancer services.
Working together with health services and other cancer sector stakeholders, we seek to implement the priorities outlined in the Victorian Cancer Plan 2016-2020. Each ICS works collaboratively to drive change at multiple levels across the health system, locally and state-wide
We are funded by the Victorian Government and we work with health services providers and people affected by cancer across the western and central suburbs on Melbourne.
WCMICS is one of 3 metropolitan Integrated Cancer Services (ICS); 5 regional and one statewide Paediatric Integrated Cancer Services (PICS).
Our Operational Plan
Cancer is a leading burden of disease in Victoria with 96 new diagnoses each day (that is one every 15 minutes).
The current Victorian Cancer Plan sets out ambitious targets to demonstrate improvements in cancer prevention and outcomes. While significant progress has been made to reduce the overall burden of cancer in Victoria, the Victorian Integrated Cancer Services (VICS) works in collaboration with their partner health services to address critical areas to improve the lives of those affected by cancer.
WCMICS is part of the Victorian ICS; a network funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services with the explicit goal of improving patient experiences and outcomes by connecting cancer care and driving best practice across Victoria. We achieve this goal through:
Collaboration - working in partnership with cancer care providers and people affected by cancer to understand unmet needs and drive improvements
Facilitation – accelerating opportunities to expand the reach of cancer services and improve access to care
Innovation - creating new ways to act and support changes that benefit the cancer community
Our local clinical, executive and consumer stakeholders identified 3 critical priority areas from the Victorian Cancer Plan that guides the work we do at WCMICS for the next 18 months:
Monitor and assess patients’ experiences of care, both locally and statewide, and include quality of life and other patient-reported outcome measures to better understand treatment impacts
Better understand and address social and cultural barriers that may affect access to services
Continue to improve our service system through approaches that engage both public and private providers, and improve accessibility, coordination across the care pathway and outcomes of care
This is supported by a work plan that articulates objectives and responsibilities, monitors progress and documents outcomes.
For a more detailed look at our Operational Priorities, please click here