Department of Health

Key messages

  • Regional cancer services work together to ensure coordination of care for patients and consistency in the quality of care.
  • Victoria’s regional integrated cancer services support high-quality care by building relationships and networks to support best-practice models of care, coordinating care and improving performance.
  • Regional cancer centres are the cornerstone of regional cancer care within Victoria's cancer system.
  • They plan and deliver services based on their size and their capability to safely provide specialist cancer care.
  • Service delivery, patient outcomes and peoples’ experiences should be monitored to ensure region-wide access to high-quality cancer services.

Victoria has been a leader in improving cancer care in regional areas since the early 2000s, starting with the establishment and evaluation of regional radiotherapy services, and progressing over the last decade with regional integrated cancer services that lead local implementation of cancer reforms across the state. Victoria’s state-of-the-art regional cancer centres go a step further by providing a critical mass of services and staff to support high-quality care into the future.

Cancer services in regional Victoria aim to provide care for cancer patients as close to home as is safe and practicable. If a person needs to be referred to a larger service for diagnosis, treatment or follow-up care, regional cancer services work together to ensure consistency and quality of care.

Regional cancer centres are the cornerstone of regional cancer care within the Victorian cancer system.

Regional cancer centres are expected to plan and deliver services based on their size and their capability to safely provide specialist cancer care. They monitor service delivery, patient outcomes and peoples’ experiences to ensure region-wide access to high-quality cancer services.

Victoria's regional integrated cancer services build relationships and networks to support best-practice models of care and to coordinate regional cancer care. They work with regional health services to monitor and improve performance.

Reviewed 01 November 2022

Health.vic

Contact details

Cancer Support, Treatment and Research Department of Health

Was this page helpful?