Cancer Council Victoria received a grant from the Dry July Foundation to increase access to cancer information for people living in regional Victoria*. Organisations were invited to submit an expression of interest, with a total of 15 applications received from health services across Victoria. Applicants included treatment centres, community health services and primary care providers.
Following a review process, three distinctive sites were selected:
- Establish an information space for a cancer rehabilitation facility (Castlemaine Rehabilitation Centre),
- Create an information display to accompany a new treatment unit (Kyabram District Hospital Service)
- Provide ‘mobile’ information that can be used effectively in community health forums (Gateway Health).
This project is governed by the Information Access and Design working group with representatives from Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Olivia Newton John Cancer Wellness Centre and Cancer Council Victoria.
Each site will work together with their local community and the working group to create a functional space. Learnings, experience and logistics will be shared and contribute to the Cancer Information Access and Design: health service integration toolkit available in 2019.
If interested in finding out more, contact Joanne Britto, Joanne.Britto@cancervic.org.au
*Refer to the summary of Regional Victoria taken from Schedule 2 of the Regional Development Victoria Act 2002
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