Lung Cancer 2019 Summit

Update 15/02/2019: The Lung Cancer 2019 Summit Data Presentation is now available. See related documents below.

Update 11/02/2019: The Lung Cancer 2019 Summit Agenda is now available. See related documents below.

The Lung Cancer 2019 Summit will be held Friday 22 February at RACV City Club, Melbourne. This summit is an opportunity to review data on patterns of care for lung cancer in Victoria, and if there has been a shift towards optimal care in the areas highlighted at the first summit in 2014. The summit will showcase examples of clinician-led improvements and a facilitated discussion on where to focus future improvement efforts.

Thank you for your interest in attending the summit. Registrations for this event have now closed. Please contact Claire Porter at or phone (03) 9496 3322 if you wish to be placed on a waiting list.


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Redesigning lung cancer care

The 2014 Victorian Lung Cancer Summit yielded improvement opportunities in lung cancer care as identified by the 60 multidisciplinary clinicians in attendance. Following the summit, the lung tumour stream was prioritised for the Optimal Care Implementation Program, a coordinated improvement program of work across eight Integrated Cancer Services and six Victorian Primary Health Networks.  In 2016, grants for Victorian public health services were made available to support improved timeliness of and access to lung cancer treatment.

The Victorian Lung Cancer Service Redesign grant assisted hospitals to develop systems and measures that target improvements in the timeliness of lung cancer care. Alfred Health, Bendigo Health, Eastern Health, Goulburn Valley Health and Albury Wodonga Health were successful in obtaining a redesign grant in 2016.

Austin Health, Barwon Health, Ballarat Health and Monash Health received additional Department of Health and Human Services funding and ICS support to participate in baseline and final data collection, as well as service redesign activities.

The DHHS has funded the Victorian Lung Cancer Registry to support a standard approach to data collection and evaluation from these sites.

Project implementation began in March 2017. Lung multidisciplinary teams had an opportunity to examine their processes of care, from receipt of referral to diagnosis to treatment, and to design solutions to compress timelines between these points. Some examples of solutions are:

  • Implementation of nurse-led triage models and multispecialty clinics
  • New electronic referral systems
  • Increased frequency of multidisciplinary meeting reviews
  • Better utilisation of multidisciplinary meetings to track availability of diagnostic results

Most projects are expected to embed their new practice into current standard operations at some point this year.

Watch the lung cancer summit data presentation

About the 2014 summit

Professor Robert Thomas, Chief Cancer Advisor Department of Health, opened the event highlighting the importance of clinical networks to drive statewide improvements in cancer care and outcomes.  Professor David Ball, chair of the lung summit working party, presented available data about the current state of lung cancer care and outcomes in Victoria.  A summary of key measures was available to participants as a quick reference.

Lung cancer care in Victoria presentation highlights:
  • Significant variation in five year survival between regional and metropolitan residents with lung cancer
  • Difference in the likelihood of receiving a tissue diagnosis across different ICS
  • Some data suggests timeliness of diagnosis and treatment is an issue
  • Low volumes of major lung surgery in a number of Victorian health services
  • Sixty eight percent of lung cases discussed at lung multidisciplinary treatment planning meetings
  • Variation in rates of adjuvant chemo across ICS
  • Underutilisation of radiation therapy
  • Low and variable uptake on formalised supportive care screening

For more information please contact Mirela Matthews on 03 9496 3455

Lung Summit Working Party 2014

Prof David Ball (Chair)
A/Prof Paul Mitchell
Dr Craig Underhill
Dr Jeremy Ruben
Dr Rob Stirling
Dr Andreas Baisch
Dr Richard De Boer
Dr Gary Richardson
Mr Gavin Wright
Dr Michael MacManus
Dr Jackie Yoong
Mr Andrew Barling
Dr Danielle Mazza




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