Optimal Care Pathways

Updated:  27 Oct, 2017

The optimal cancer care pathways (OCPs) describe the optimal cancer care for specific tumour types. They map the patient journey, aiming to foster an understanding of the whole pathway and its distinct components to promote quality cancer care and patient experiences.

The resources identify specific steps, or critical points along the care pathway and the recommended care at each point.

The Victorian Department of Health and Human services commissioned the Cancer Council Victoria to conduct a review of the Optimal Care Pathways. The pathways have since been endorsed by the National Cancer Expert Review Group (NCERG), Cancer Australia, Cancer Council Australia, and the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC). The OCPs are being implemented nationally.

Clinical OCPs

For consumers - 'what to expect' guides

Quick reference guides for consumers describe the optimal cancer care that should be provided at each step and what consumers can expect. The consumer OCPs have been developed into an interactive web portal and translated into other languages.

Visit www.cancerpathways.org.au

For General Practitioners and Practice Managers

To support you, your practice, and your patients, you can:

  • Refer newly diagnosed cancer patients to www.cancerpathways.org.au and print and provide them with a copy of the relevant tumour stream ‘what to expect' consumer guides.
  • Import the GP quick reference guides and consumer version PDFs into your GP software. Download the easy instructions.

Other resources

Review

In 2012 the Department of Health commissioned the Cancer Council Victoria to conduct a review of the Optimal Care Pathways (then known as Patient Management Frameworks).

Review methodology

Governance arrangements

A Project Steering Committee was established in December 2012 to support the planning, implementation and evaluation of the review. Current committee members are outlined below. 

Members

Title

Professor Robert Thomas (Chair)

Chief Cancer Advisor, Department of Health and Human Services; Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne

Dr Anna Boltong

Head of Division, Strategy and Support, Cancer Council Victoria

Ms Julie Callaghan

System Improvement Program Lead, Cancer Institute NSW

Mrs Marilyn Dolling

Consumer representative

Ms Spiri Galetakis

Acting Manager, Cancer Reform, Cancer Strategy and Development, Department of Health and Human Services

Dr Cameron Hunter

Respiratory Physician, Wyong Hospital

Ms Geraldine McDonald

Director of Wellbeing, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Ms Angela Mellerick

Nurse Unit Manager, Day Oncology Unit, Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre

A/Professor, Jeremy Millar

Director, Radiation Oncology, Alfred Health

Mr John Preston

Consumer Representative

Ms Marita Reed

Program Manager Quality and Cancer Outcomes, Cancer Strategy and Development, Department of Health and Human Services

Ms Katherine Simons

Program Manager, North East Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service

Ms Kathryn Whitfield

Acting Manager, Cancer Strategy and Development, Department of Health and Human Services

Professor Helen Zorbas

Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Australia

For more information regarding the OCPs, or to send feedback, please email optimalcare.pathways@cancervic.org.au



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