Victorian health and medical research strategy
We responded to a discussion paper regarding Victorian health and medical research strategy compiled by Department of Health & Human Services.
Find the discussion paper here
Informing the next Victorian cancer plan 2016-2020
The Victorian cancer plan was launched by the Health Minister, Jill Hennessy on Friday 22 July at the Western Hospital. The Clinical Network undertook consultations with members and developed a report outlinling the priorities for Victorian clinicians working in cancer. This was sent to the Minister for Health, Jill Hennessey and the Chief Advisor on Cancer, Prof Robert Thomas in late 2015.
Find the report here.
Availability of new, innovative and specialist cancer drugs
A report has now been released which includes two main recommendations (abbreviated):
One: the Australian Government initiate a comprehensive review of the system for the registration and subsidisation of medicines.
Two: the Australian Government commission a review of current data collection mechanisms for cancer medicines. Many submissions raised similar points sentiments, including our own.
The full report can be accessed here .
Medical cannabis in cancer care
In response to recent national and state discussion within the media and political parties, Cancer Council Victoria have developed a position statement on medical cannabis in cancer care.
Cancer Council Victoria have developed a response to the Medicare Benefit Schedule proposal for patient contributions for general practitioner, pathology and diagnostic imaging services announced in the 2014-2015 Budget.
Cancer Care Coordinators Project
The Clinical Network has identified improving access to cancer care coordinators as one of its key priorities for improving outcomes for cancer patients in Victoria.
In order to influence public health policy around cancer care coordinators it is important to find out how effective the role is in improving both patient and health service outcomes.
In 2013, the Clinical Network engaged Queensland University of Technology to undertake a systematic review of the literature relating to the role of cancer care coordinators. The aim of the review was to consider the evidence relating to patient perspectives of the role, the impact the role has on patient and health service outcomes, and barriers and enablers to role integration.
The review has been very useful to help inform our future advocacy and research directions relating to Cancer Care Coordinators in Victoria.
In 2014 the Clinical Network commenced working with our Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer to begin a new phase of this work. This will involve development of a pilot project to test a care coordinator intervention in a patient population with known poor outcomes. For a copy of the full report, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Clinical Network 2014 Victorian State Election Priorities
This summary was developed through consultations with Clinical Network members will inform future Clinical Network advocacy work.
Clinical Research Position Statements
The Clinical Research Professionals Committee have developed a number of position statements on various matters relating to the management of clinical trials in Victoria.
- November 2013: Media Position Statements: This resource aims to assist members of the Gastro-Intestinal clinical community to provide clear, consistent and evidence-based messages when asked to provide media comment on the many aspects of colorectal cancer; prevention, screening and treatment.