Victoria's cancer reform agenda began with A cancer services framework for Victoria (2003) which set out the following principles:

  • multidisciplinary cancer care to ensure effective and efficient patient management
  • maximum geographic access for patients and their carers and families
  • high-quality and safe cancer services.

The following structures, processes and resources support optimal cancer care:

  • integrated cancer services driving change at the local level
  • optimal care pathways to guide the delivery of consistent cancer care for a range of tumour streams
  • monitoring of care consistent with the optimal care pathways (the optimal cancer pathways data project)
  • the development of a model for safety and quality in cancer care
  • service model resources.

The framework has four service improvement priorities:

The Victorian Cancer Agency will support the translation of research findings to the clinical setting.

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