The Victorian Government has established the Integrated Cancer Services (ICS) to promote the development of a cohesive, integrated and multidisciplinary approach to the provision of cancer care. The ICS bring together a range of stakeholders, clinicians, researchers and consumers who have the ability to influence the development and implementation of evidence-based care. The ICS develop, implement and evaluate cancer service improvement activities which address three of the five focus areas from the Victorian Cancer Plan 2016-2020. These are:
- Victorians know their risk and have cancers detected earlier
- Victorians with cancer have timely access to optimal treatment
- Victorians with cancer and their families live well.
A priority for the ICS is to implement the optimal care pathways for cancer to reduce unwarranted variation in cancer treatment as well as improve efficiency, equity and patients' experience of care. In addition to working in their own region, the ICS also work collaboratively to facilitate the spread of initiatives which address the Victorian Cancer Plan priorities.
The ICS comprise clusters of hospitals and associated health services that deliver services for people with all types of cancers within a geographic area. Services include public hospitals, community-based services, general practitioners and other primary health organisations, private hospitals and supportive care services. On the recommendation of the report, A cancer services framework for Victoria (2003) there are three metropolitan ICS and five regional ICS that were established in 2005. The statewide paediatric ICS was established as part of the Caring for children package in 2004 and has a focus on improving outcomes for children with cancer and their families.
For information about each ICS, including participating health services and contact details: