Cancer is the leading cause of mortality in Victoria and generates a high level of community concern. The care of cancer patients represents a significant proportion of all healthcare delivered in Victoria.
Government invests in a range of reforms and actions to reduce cancer incidence and mortality, improve access to quality detection, screening and treatment services and to enhance the quality of life of those affected by cancer. This approach to cancer control encompasses specific programs across:
- the prevention, detection (including through organised screening programs), diagnosis and treatment of cancer and its precursors,
- the ongoing management of cancer, rehabilitation, and the provision of end-of-life care,
- cancer research and its application,
- cancer-related policy, the organisation of services, planning and service development, and
- innovation, quality improvement and evaluation.
Victorian cancer plan
The cancer plan has been developed to provide policy leadership and common goals for organisations working in the cancer control arena in Victoria.
Victorian cancer plan monitoring and evaluation framework
A transparent and objective approach to monitoring and reporting on the collective impact of the sector to improve cancer outcomes.
The Victorian Government undertakes a range of projects in relation to cancer treatment and cancer care.
Optimal care - cancer services framework
The Cancer services framework is based on the principles of multidisciplinary cancer care, maximum geographic access for patients and high-quality, safe cancer services.
Radiotherapy is provided by healthcare services as part of a multi-modality approach to cancer treatment.
Support for consumer participation in the quality improvement of cancer services is increasing, especially from people who understand the cancer journey.
Integrated Cancer Services
A Victorian cancer services network of clusters of hospitals and service providers that deliver services for people with all types of cancers.
Regional cancer services
Cancer services in regional Victoria aim to provide care for cancer patients as close to home as is safe and practicable.
Reviewed 08 September 2015