Supportive care grants program
Initiated in 2009, the grants program supports health services to systematically identify and address supportive care problems reported by people with cancer.
Initial project grants aims:
- Implement systematic problem identification using the NCCN Distress Thermometer and Problem Checklist.
- Target newly diagnosed patients.
- Engage day oncology units, radiotherapy units and inpatient cancer wards to implement screening, discussion, triage and referral.
Phase 2 projects aims:
- Consolidate screening in above areas.
- Screen in selected outpatient specialist clinics and private radiotherapy services.
** For phase 1 and 2 evaluation reports, contact Paula Howell
Phase 3 project aims:
- Work towards sustaining supportive care provision across health services that have reached KPI targets.
- Extend systematic approaches to delivering supportive care to new patient areas.
- Build capacity at health services that are continuing to work towards targets.
- Support clinical education units to embed provision of supportive care education.
- Mentor clinical champions.
Sustainability funding was granted to Northern Health to:
- Embed screening with public patients accessing Radiation Oncology Victoria in Epping.
- Pilot screening using tablet technology that enables direct entering of data into the patient medical record.
- Consolidate screening across oncology services where screening is already in place.
Eastern Health has also been granted a further 12 months of sustainability funding commencing in October 2015. Aims include:
- Introducing screening in outpatient clinic areas and developing a sustainable model for outpatient screening
- Consolidating screening in inpatient and day oncology units
- Finalising and implementing Module 2 i-learn supportive care e-learning package.