Resulting from the Cancer Services Framework for Victoria (2003), nine Integrated Cancer Services were formed across Victoria. The North Eastern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service (NEMICS) is one of 3 metropolitan, 5 rural and 1 state-wide paediatric Integrated Cancer Services established since 2005.
Purpose of NEMICS
NEMICS is a clinical network. As a networking organisation, NEMICS aims to support the implementation and improvement of appropriate support, information and high level care for all people living with cancer and their carers. Our vision is that services provided within the NEMICS catchment will have the following characteristics:
- will be population based
- individuals will have access to the full range of services from prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, supportive care and palliative care
- referral pathways will be clearly defined
- care will be multidisciplinary and coordinated
- service planning will support a 'critical mass' of expertise and leadership to promote high quality care
The NEMICS geographic area is defined as:
The 2012 population in the North Eastern Metropolitan geographic region was 1.29 million and the total metropolitan Melbourne population was 4.19 million. The whole of Victoria currently has a population of 5.63 million.
NEMICS participating health organisations provide services for people from a number of local government areas (LGAs) across metropolitan and rural Victoria. Based on the 2004/2005 hospital data, most of our patients are:
- people residing within principal LGAs in the geographic North Eastern Metropolitan region (Banyule, Boroondara, Darebin, Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Nillumbik, Whitehorse, Whittlesea, Yarra Ranges)
- people attending from other LGAs such as Brimbank, Hume, Latrobe, Mitchell, Monash, Moreland, Murrindindi, Stonnington
- people from interstate, overseas and unknown (Mercy Hospital for Women)