Working Together: An Integrated Model of Care for Cancer Services (#240)
The Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC) is the first of twenty regional integrated cancer centres built to improve services across regional Australia. The creation of regional integrated cancer centres provides an opportunity to undertake a collaborative process to review existing services and how they can be improved for rural patients.
The GICS is an independent service improvement organization with wide networks across public and private health providers within the Grampians region. GICS facilitated a review by clinicians, health service executives and consumers of cancer services across the region to assist the prioritization process.
As a result of extensive consultation with regional stakeholders, fourteen recommendations for a Grampians regional model of care for cancer services were developed and consensually agreed by service providers, lead clinicians in cancer care, and consumers. Initiatives included: improvements to scheduling, reduction of patient travel, consumer participation at project governance, a wellness centre for patients and carers, oncology rehabilitation and integration of diagnostics, radiation, chemotherapy, and palliative care, expansion of supportive care screening, improved use of technology to facilitate integration, oncology education to General Practitioners and a regional approach to oncology nurse education.
Three years on since the Grampians regional model of care for cancer services recommendations were agreed and with the BRICC now open, it is timely to review progress and achievements within the region against the recommendations. Many have already been achieved and good head-way has been made with the remainder. Some ideals for services during consultation were deemed to be too difficult to achieve but are in fact now being delivered. Presenters will outline the recommendations for a Grampians regional model of cancer care and discuss the opportunities and lessons learned from within the process to forge a regionally agreed model of care for Grampians patients.