The purpose of the optimal care pathways (OCPs) is to improve patient outcomes by facilitating consistent and evidence-based care for each cancer type. OCPs help promote a full understanding of the patient journey in order to foster quality cancer care from the point of diagnosis. The pathways reflect the fact that people affected by cancer experience the cancer journey across the whole health system and that they need to receive services in an appropriate and coordinated manner.

The aim is to more closely align the care experienced by the patient with the OCP, hence it covers a broad field. Some projects are within the NEMICS region, and some are in collaboration with one or all of the other Integrated Cancer Services.

This work will include an analysis of the current patterns of care using a combination of data from available sources such as the VAED and VCR, and targeted clinical audits. This process in consultation with clinical leaders will inform us about unwarranted variation in care and help to prioritise service improvement efforts. The current focus of efforts are on the prostate cancer and oesophagogastric cancer pathways.

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services commissioned the Cancer Council Victoria to produce the optimal care pathways; they have become the standard of cancer care across Australia.

For further information about this program area contact Carmel Vermeltfoort 

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