Supportive care refers to the physical, psychological, social, information, and spiritual needs of people affected by cancer (Victorian Department of Health, 2021). Addressing supportive care needs improves physical and emotional wellbeing and satisfaction with care.
Cancer care consumers advocate for an approach that asks 'what matters to you'. Consumers highlight the importance of timely access to information and support to address needs (including practical support needs) and reduce distress.
The Victorian Department of Health sets a target of screening 80% of newly diagnosed patients for supportive care challenges.
- Updating supportive care referral resources across the network (September 2021)
- Implementing shorter, translated screening tools.