Research Profile: Implementing Pathways for Cancer Early Diagnosis project

Monday 14 August, 2017


The Optimal Care Pathways (OCP) describe the optimal cancer care for specific tumour types. Each pathway maps the patient journey, aiming to foster an understanding of the whole experience and its distinct components to promote quality cancer care and patient experience. The resources identify the recommended care at each step of the patient journey, and to date there is an OCP for 15 tumour streams with Quick Reference Guides for clinicians and What To Expect guides for consumers.

Cancer Council Victoria are trialling a model of education outreach visits into GP practices in the Northwest Melbourne region that supports the adoption of the OCP recommendations into primary care. The vehicle for this is the Implementing Pathways for Cancer Early Diagnosis (I-PACED) project, which aims to increase awareness about critical primary care points and the clinical care required along the colorectal and lung OCP. The educational outreach visits are facilitated by our 13 11 20 oncology nurse.

To date, 146 practices have participated in these education sessions including 435 General Practitioners, 80 Practice Nurses and 12 Practice Managers. Preliminary evaluation demonstrated improvements in awareness, confidence and use of recommendations outlined in the bowel and lung cancer OCPs. These practice visits have also provided an opportunity to identify issues commonly experienced by the primary care setting, which will be provided to key stakeholders across the state to advocate for systems level improvements.

To accompany the OCP clinician resources, a ‘What To Expect’  series has been developed for consumers in English, and Plain English translated into 7 different languages (Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, Greek, Italian, Hindi and Tagalog). 


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