Coordinated cancer care

Victoria is committed to developing a ‘whole of system’ approach to cancer care coordination. This involves redesigning systems of care to foster and support relationships between health services, health care providers and patients to ensure continuity of care for cancer patients.

Care coordination means:
“a comprehensive approach to achieving continuity of care for patients that aims to ensure that care is delivered in a logical, connected and timely manner, so that the medical and personal needs of patients are met”

DHHS, 2007

A care coordination approach needs to take into consideration the whole of the health system, so that patients have:

  • Access to a range of services
  • Dependable service providers who are part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Services available to them when they need them
  • Services flexible enough to meet their needs

Our work in improving care coordination significantly overlaps with the other cancer reform priority areas such as supportive care and multidisciplinary care.

NEMICS approach to cancer care coordination

Building relationships between the many providers of cancer-related care and  promoting partnerships between acute and primary care areas underpin our work in this area.

The NEMICS coordinated cancer care strategy (see below) outlines the priorities and directions. The strategy relates to the DHHS' Linking cancer care (2007), and has key strategic directions:

  • strengthening information sharing
  • improving cancer service delivery
  • building relationships
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