Survivorship initiatives

Shared care projects

Shared care projects and initiatives across our region are working to:

  • Provide guideline-directed, coordinated, quality follow-up care between GPs and Specialists
  • Improve access to supportive care after completion of treatment
  • Increase capacity for new patients in hospital-based outpatient clinics
  • Better integrate cancer follow-up care within chronic disease management frameworks.

Breast cancer shared care projects

  • Austin Health  
  • Northern Health

For more information, contact:

Austin Health Breast care nurse specialist/project coordinator

Northern Health Breast care nurse

Northern Health Project reference group

Colorectal cancer shared care projects

NEMICS and SMICS are piloting shared care follow-up at Eastern Health and Monash Health.  Funded by the Victorian Department of Health, this 3 year project is a partnership with Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network and South Eastern Melbourne Health Providers Association.

For more information, contact

Austin Health and VCCC partners are commencing a Victorian Cancer Agency funded randomised controlled trial to evaluate colorectal cancer shared care.

Nutrition intervention following stem cell transplantation

Austin Health is piloting a nutrition intervention based upon the 'Positive Change For Life' project implemented at The Alfred Hospital by Dr Sharon Avery.  Funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, this initiative will test the impact and cost-effectiveness of a nutritional intervention based on the COACH for Heart Health model for people who have been treated with stem cell transplantation.

For more information, contact

Prostate cancer survivorship clinic

Austin Health is working on a service improvement project to improve care provided to men after prostate cancer.  Targeting men treated with radiotherapy, this initiative aims to provide holistic assessment, care planning and care coordination at end of treatment.

For more information, contact Carla.D'

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