GP Education Session
Northern Health is remodelling how patients that have completed active treatment for early stage breast cancer receive their follow-up care. A shared care model is being implemented with patients having the opportunity to have half of their surveillance appointments with their GP rather than in the acute outpatient setting. This model has been proven to be safe and effective and includes the development of an individualised survivorship care plan. It allows patients to have some of their treatment closer to home by their GP that can manage their health holistically.
To support GPs in providing survivorship care for patients, a GP education evening was held on 27th October in conjunction with Eastern and North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network. The breast team facilitated a panel discussion of a case study, highlighting the patient journey through the Northern Health system and management of common survivorship issues. The evening was well attended with 27 local GPs and Practice Nurses participating in the discussion.
In response to expressed need from the GPs, a future session on late effects and endocrine therapy will be held early in 2017.