The Victorian Government established the Integrated Cancer Services (ICS) in 2005 to promote the development of a cohesive, integrated and multidisciplinary approach to the provision of cancer care. There are eight geographic based ICS (three metropolitan and five regional), and one statewide paediatric ICS with a focus on improving outcomes for children with cancer and their families. Collectively they are referred to as the VICS.
The VICS bring together a range of stakeholders including clinicians, researchers and consumers to influence the development, implementation and evaluation of cancer service improvement activities. These activities address three of the five priority action areas from the Victorian Cancer Plan 2020-2024 to ensure that:
- 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.
In addition to work in their own region, the VICS also work together collaboratively on priorities identified in the Victorian Cancer Plan 2020-2024.
A priority for the VICS 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.
For information about the VICS and each individual ICS, please access the links below:
Victorian Integrated Cancer Services