Survivorship initiatives

 

Shared care 

Breast and colorectal cancer shared care initiatives in our region provide:

  • Safe, coordinated follow-up care shared between general practices and specialists
  • Improved access to supportive care after treatment completion
  • More patient-centred, flexible care for people with co-morbidities
  • Increased capacity for new patients in outpatient clinics.

Breast cancer shared care is offered at Austin Health and Northern Health.  For more information, contact:

Colorectal cancer shared care is being piloted at Eastern Health and Monash Health in partnership with SMICS and the Primary Health Networks.  Refer project newsletter for details.
For more information, contact Paula.howell@austin.org.au

 

 

Austin Health Haematology survivorship clinic

The haematology survivorship clinic provides holistic assessment and referral to a range of wellness and community services.  They have delivered projects investigating a nutrition intervention following stem cell transplantation and the impact of computer brain training on cancer-related cognitive changes.  
For more information, contact Priscilla.gates@austin.org.au

 

Prostate cancer survivorship clinic

Austin Health received a NEMICS service improvement grant to improve care provided to men after prostate cancer.  Targeting men treated with radiotherapy, this initiative provides holistic assessment, care planning and care coordination at end of treatment.
For more information, contact Carla.D'AMICO@austin.org.au

 

Eastern Health Breast Service survivorship care planning

Eastern Health are currently reviewing the survivorship care they provide and establishing health and wellbeing care planning for women who have completed treatment.
For more information, contact Mary-Anne Dennemoser

 

Improving information and support for people with grade 2/3 brain cancer

Austin Health are developing a suite of information resources to better support people after treatment for brain cancer.  Informed by consumer focus groups and consultation with health professionals, the resources will target key concerns and challenges and provide practical strategies and support.  This Department of Health and Human Service funded project is a partnership between Austin Health, NEMICS, Cabrini Health, Monash Health, The Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre and Cancer Council Victoria.  Resources will be available in mid-2019.
For more information, contact Dianne Legge

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