Key Work Program Underway
Optimal Care Pathways (OCP) Implementation
Optimal cancer care pathways outline the best cancer care for specific tumour types.
The pathways are designed to promote a full understanding of the patient journey in order to foster quality cancer care from the point of diagnosis.
Each pathway identifies specific points and recommended care at each stage. WCMICS is working alongside its health services to implement the OCPs to help clinicians identify the steps and recommended patient care at each stage.
For more information please visit the Cancer Council website
Tranche 1 saw the implementation of the lung and colorectal cancer OCPs into our health services. Now, in tranche 2 we are working towards the implementation and adoption of the Prostate and Oesophagogastric cancer OCPs.
WCMICS 2017/18 Funding Round now closed
The WCMICS funding program provides health services with funding to support projects aimed at reducing variation of clinical practice and cancer care. The program encourages effective partnerships and collaboration between other health providers and consumers; to improve coordination, accessibility and quality of care provided to better support all patients affected by cancer.Full funding applications were due on Friday 10th November, and successful projects will be posted here soon.
However, WCMICS provides general project support, advice and data service for it's health services. For further information, please download this flyer or alternatively email email@example.com with your query.
Victorian Tumour Summits
Tumour summits are clinician led forums to identify unwarranted variations in tumour based clinical practice and cancer outcomes that could be addressed through state-wide action.
At each summit clinicians are asked to review data on cancer treatment planning and delivery across Victorian public and private health services and agree 1-2 short-term priorities for collective action.
This work will be supported by the local Integrated Cancer Services though engagement with their cancer multidisciplinary teams.
Recent Tumour Summits:
Victorian Cancer Patient Experience Survey
The Victorian Patients’ Experience of Cancer Care survey (VPECCS) is a questionnaire designed to collect information about the care experiences of patients treated for cancer in Victorian hospitals. The survey aims to understand patients’ experiences regarding their interactions with health care providers and the provision of information and supportive-care services throughout the care pathway: from diagnosis and treatment through to follow-up. The information collected through the survey can be utilised by hospitals and health services in their quality improvement initiatives and provides a platform for comparing care experiences at a state and/or at a treatment centre level.
For more information please check out this link
Oesophagogastric cancer-service redesign program
Applications are currently invited from Victorian public health services that provide or have access to a full range of services to manage patients with oesophagogastric cancer and provide care to ≥ 40 newly diagnosed patients per year. Applicants must also be a signatory to an Integrated Cancer Services Memorandum of Understanding.
For more information please contact us
Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Care
A cancer diagnosis during the AYA years is highly challenging. AYAs experience and respond to cancer in ways that differ from other population groups. Healthcare professionals need AYA-specific knowledge and skills in order to maximise outcomes for this population. It is important to understand the context and developmental needs of AYA patients so as to support and imporve their experience of cancer diagnosis, treatment, side effects, long term effects and end-of-life care.
As such, WCMICS funded an ONTrac at Peter Mac project to develop an online AYA nursing education program to build knowledge and skill sets that support the delivery of youth-foucused and family-centred cancer care.
This suite of eLearning modules is now available and can be accessed by nurses via the eviQ website.
Victorian Chemotherapy Services Redesign Project
The original project
"Following a successful project conducted at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in 2011 (12), where multi-disciplinary staff collaborated to improve the efficiency of their CDU by developing a suite of performance measures to inform targeted interventions, the Department of Health called for ‘Expressions of Interest’ for up to 8 health services to collaborate in a Victorian Chemotherapy Services Redesign Project (VCSRP). A key driver for the establishment of this project was to test the broader application of the measures in a diverse range of CDUs to see if others could replicate the measures, gain insights into local systems constraints and then apply the leanings to achieve similar efficiencies."
Source: Final Report: Key Messages and Executive Summary
Phase I - 2013
Sites who participated included Bendigo Health, Western Health, Peninsula Health, Ballarat Health, Easter Health (Box Hill, Maroondah and Yarra Ranges sites), Barwon Health and South West Health.
Phase II - 2015
Following the success of the Phase I statewide project, a further 7 sites were selected to participate in Phase II. These included Mildura Base Hospital, Albury Wodonga Health, Goulburn Valley Health, Northern Health, Wimmera Health Care Group, Northeast Health Wangaratta, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.
CDU Flow Manager is a fully customised database built in Microsoft Access which supports the automation of a series of useful CDU performance management reports. The tool has a corresponding chair-side data collection sheet with a series of data points that need to be collected in real time by the CDU nurse as a chair-side audit. CDU Flow Manager automatically generates key information on patient flow activity such as CDU chair utilisation, patient waiting times on the day of treatment and time lost to a number of delay reasons. Data entry into the system is simple and can be done in either real time if there is ready access to a computer or at the completion of a treatment day by either nursing or administrative staff. Data entry is estimated to take approximately 30 seconds per patient.
This tool was developed in 2013 by WCMICS for the Victorian Chemotherapy Services Redesign Project.
For access to the tool, user documentation, and the Community of Practice workspace, please log in or register via the buttons at the top right corner of the screen.
New users will be required to complete the terms and conditions of use, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to approval.