Optimal Care Pathways

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 general practitioners and primary care staff

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

  • Quick reference guides to understand the optimal cancer care for specific tumour types
  • I-PACED (Implementing Pathways for Cancer Early Diagnosis) resources highlight recommendations in the OCPs and provide information about prevention, early detection, initial investigation and referral pathways. These resources were developed with an aim to assist GPs about critical primary care points and the recommended care that should be offered. Refer to the resource cards for:

Patient resource: ‘What to expect’ guides

These short guides help patients understand the optimal cancer care that should be provided at each step and can be used to complement the clinical OCPs. Carers, family and friends may also find them helpful.

‘What to expect guides’ are located on an interactive web portal, with downloadable PDFs in English, Plain English and translation into multiple languages.

Visit www.cancerpathways.org.au

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

Mr Barry Curran

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

Mrs Marilyn Dolling

Consumer representative

Ms Spiri Galetakis

Program Manager, Victorian Integrated Cancer Services, 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

Assistant Director, 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