GPs & Health Professionals

The philosophy of an integrated cancer service is that hospitals and primary and community health services develop integrated care and defined referral pathways for the populations they serve.

This requires effective collaboration between hospitals and community-based services, including general practitioners. This will promote more effective local coordination of care for cancer patients, and a more rational, evidence-based approach to cancer service planning and delivery.

Patient Management Framework Breast tumour stream: breast cancer. Published by Metropolitan Health and Aged Care Services Division, Victorian Government Department of Human Services, Melbourne Victoria Australia May 2006

GP Referral Pathways (Goulburn Valley)

Click here to view resources which provide information to aid GP referral to appropriate specialists with required initial work-up to allow for a timely and appropriate referral.

GP Referral Pathways (Lung Rapid Access Clinic/Multidisciplinary Team Meeting, Albury Wodonga)

The Victorian Lung Cancer Service Redesign Program (VLCSRP) is a Victorian Integrated Cancer Service and Department of Health and Human Services funded project which aims to assist health services to improve access and timeliness of lung cancer care. This project works alongside steps two – four of the Optimal Care Pathway for people with lung cancer.

As part of this project, the lung cancer multidisciplinary team at Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre (AWRCC) and partners developed a rapid access pathway for all patients with suspected lung cancer within the Border East Hume Region. The model was implemented in May 2017 and has increased the frequency of multidisciplinary team meetings from monthly to weekly. It has also incorporated a clinic component, enabling patients with suspected lung cancer to rapidly access multidisciplinary expertise in the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. The number of patient presentations has tripled since this change was introduced. See Figure 1 below for the average number of patient presentations per month. There were an average of 7.6 patient presentations per month in 2015, 8.6 in 2016 and following the introduction of the weekly Lung Rapid Access Clinic/Multidisciplinary Team Meeting there were an average of 22.8 patient presentations per month in 2017 and an average of 26.4 patient presentations per month in 2018 thus far.  

  Figure 1. Lung Rapid Access Clinic/Multidisciplinary Team Meeting Presentation Rates 

 

All patients with suspected lung cancer, lung nodules or masses should be referred immediately to a specialist linked with a multidisciplinary team meeting – early and concurrent referrals are preferred. For further information regarding signs and symptoms, initial investigation recommendations, ideal referral content and local specialist referral pathways please download the referral document below.

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact info@humerics.humehealth.org.au or call 02 6064 1533.

Additional Information

  • eviQ Cancer Treatments Online provides accurate, current, relevant and evidence based information for use at the point of care.
  • The EdCaN Project has developed a National Professional Development Framework for Cancer Nursing and a suite of Learning Resources targeted at building capacity of the nursing workforce in cancer control, with the ultimate aim of improving health outcomes for people affected by cancer.
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