Supportive care

People affected by cancer can experience physical, psychological, social, informational and spiritual challenges.  Assisting people to identify and address supportive care challenges improves physical and emotional wellbeing, and satisfaction with care.

NEMICS works to improve equity of access to high quality supportive care across our acute cancer services and community partners. 

 

Victorian context

The Victorian Cancer Plan 2020-2024 and Optimal Cancer Care Pathways task health services with systematically identifying, discussing and addressing patient-identified supportive care needs.  The Department of Health sets a target of screening 80% of newly diagnosed patients and ensuring that support is available throughout and beyond cancer treatment.

Current work

  • Piloting self-initiated screening in outpatients at Box Hill Hospital. Pilot to commence once COVID 19 restrictions permit.

  • Implementing new referral tools at Eastern Health and re-invigorating screening at Box Hill Hospital.

  • Adapting translated screening tools and simplifying screening paperwork at Eastern Health.

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