Victoria's cancer reform agenda began with A cancer services framework for Victoria (2003) which set out the following principles:
- multidisciplinary cancer care to ensure effective and efficient patient management
- maximum geographic access for patients and their carers and families
- high-quality and safe cancer services.
The following structures, processes and resources support optimal cancer care:
- driving change at the local level
- to guide the delivery of consistent cancer care for a range of tumour streams
- monitoring of care consistent with the optimal care pathways (the optimal cancer pathways data project)
- the development of a model for in cancer care
- service model resources.
The framework has four service improvement priorities:
The Victorian Cancer Agency will support the translation of research findings to the clinical setting.
Seeks to ensure that cancer care is delivered in a logical, connected and timely way so that the medical and personal needs of the person are met.
Ensures that treatment and cancer care team members can discuss all relevant aspects of a cancer patient’s physical and psychosocial needs.
Optimal care pathways
Formerly ‘patient management frameworks’, these guides have been developed to provide a consistent statewide approach to cancer care.
Quality and outcomes monitoring
'Clinical excellence in cancer care’ is a framework for quality in Victorian cancer services. Key indicators measure progress of the cancer reform policy.
Cancer support services may include self-help, spiritual, psychological and social support, symptom control, rehabilitation, palliative and bereavement care.
Reviewed 04 October 2015