Key messages

  • Multidisciplinary care describes a collaborative approach to cancer treatment planning and ongoing care.
  • Multidisciplinary care aims to ensure that members of the cancer treatment and care team can discuss all relevant aspects of a cancer patient’s physical and psychosocial needs along with other factors impacting upon the patient’s care.

Victorian cancer multidisciplinary team meeting quality framework

A cancer multidisciplinary team meeting is a deliberate, regular meeting involving a range of health professionals with expertise in the diagnosis and management of cancer, with purpose of facilitating best practice management of all patients with cancer.

The Victorian cancer multidisciplinary team meeting quality framework contains an agreed set of standard, indicators and measures for all meetings in Victoria, including a list of the definitions used and an appendix that maps the alignment of the quality framework with broader National Health Quality Standards (NSQHS) accreditation. The framework was developed by the Integrated Cancer Services to enhance and support the quality, effectiveness and consistency of cancer multidisciplinary team meetings. Included with the framework below is a set of 3 tools using MS Excel to assist in monitoring multidisciplinary team meeting quality.

Multidisciplinary care defined

Multidisciplinary care is a collaborative approach to cancer treatment planning and ongoing care throughout the treatment pathway. Multidisciplinary care aims to ensure that members of the treatment and care team can discuss all relevant aspects of a cancer patient’s physical and psychosocial needs along with other factors impacting upon the patient’s care.

Effective multidisciplinary care assures:

  • improved treatment
  • improved team communication and support
  • improved coordination of patient care
  • reduced service duplication
  • increased opportunities for recruitment into clinical trials
  • consideration of patients’ physical and emotional needs.

It is well documented and accepted that multidisciplinary care represents best practice in terms of treatment planning and care for cancer patients.

Improving multidisciplinary care in Victoria

The three strategic directions that continue to guide the improved multidisciplinary care in Victoria are:

  • creating and supporting effective multidisciplinary teams
  • establishing and strengthening multidisciplinary meetings
  • building effective team linkage across and between Integrated Cancer Services.

How does this model relate to the other cancer reform work? 

Multidisciplinary care is one of four identified key priority areas for reform including: care coordination, supportive care and reducing unwanted variation in practice.

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