In July 2016 the Victorian Lung Cancer Service Redesign Program was set up to help develop local redesign projects to decrease delays in diagnosing and treating lung cancer. Five such projects were piloted in health services across Victoria to promote quality improvement initiatives, targeting steps 2–4 of the lung optimal care pathway, from the point of referral to the start of treatment. Each project was co-funded by the department and the respective local Integrated Cancer Service or health service. Redesign methodologies were used to identify baseline performance and improve processes across the referral to treatment pathway. The Victorian Lung Cancer Registry was engaged to support a standard approach to data collection and evaluation. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected, including information on clinician and consumer experience. Four Community of Practice forums were held to support collaborative learning.
A wide variety of stakeholders were actively and meaningfully involved in the program. Local capacity to respond to delays in the timeliness of lung cancer care improved significantly through the program. The Victorian Lung Cancer Service Redesign Program final report is now available for your information.
Reviewed 04 January 2023