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GCCN 2016 Planning & Networking Day

2016 Regional Planning and Networking Day

Workshop purpose
This workshop provided an opportunity for nursing and allied health professionals to consider initiative which will enhance cancer care for people in the Grampians region.

The Victorian Cancer Plan 2016-2020, Optimal Care Pathways and GICS Strategic Goals highlight the importance of nursing and allied health professionals in quality cancer care. 

As such, this workshop aimed to:
  • Create a professional networking and knowledge sharing opportunity across the region
    Facilitate regional collaboration on patient-centred care through improving regional referral pathways, information sharing and small working group involvement
  • Explore what services are available, identify where the gaps are and consider what is required for the future
  • Consider regional workforce development opportunities across relevant health sectors

Attendance
38 people represented 15 health services from across the Grampians region. Cooperation, collaboration and enthusiasm resonated amongst all participants.

Ballarat & Austin Radiation Oncology Centre East Grampians Health Service Stawell Regional Health
Ballarat Health Services Grampians Integrated Cancer Service St John of God Healthcare Ballarat
Ballarat Oncology & Haematology Service Grampians Pyrenees Primary Care Partnership West Wimmera Health Service
Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre Oncology Massage Wimmera Health Care Group
Central Highlands Primary Care Partnership Rural Northwest Health Wimmera Primary Care Partnership


Some interesting information about the table participants from the icebreaker activity

Table number 1 2 3 4 5 Total
Number of participants working clinically 6 of 6 4 of 6 7 of 8 6 of 8 5 of 8 28 of 36
Total travel time of table participants to the Ballarat hospital precinct 315 mins 1260 mins 183 mins 558 mins 705 mins 3021 mins


Dotmocracy
Each table was asked to identify three priorities for nursing and allied health professionals in the region. Twelve priorities were identified. Each table participant had three votes and placed their votes (3 coloured dots) on their favourite priorities. The outcomes are in the table below.

Priority Description Number of votes
1 Mapping services & capabilities, and communicating this 28
2 Streamlined referral processes 18
3 Telehealth processes and communicating this to all 8
4 Develop a network of coordinators 13
5 Increase the number of direct care providers especially allied health 8
6 Improve allied health representation on decision-making groups 8
7 Increase knowledge base outside of specialist services 5
8 Increase patient transport options 7
9 Increase education opportunities for all 0
10 Increase availability of psycho-social support for staff 3
11 Coordination of outreach services 0
12 GP awareness raising 5

Five priorities were identified. Each table of participants produced a preliminary action plan. These and the list of interested volunteers to work on them were distributed directly back to the workshop participants.

Priority Description of identified priority activities Number of votes
1 Mapping services & capabilities, and communicating this 28
2 Streamlined referral processes 18
3 Telehealth processes and communicating this to all 8
4 Develop a network of coordinators 13
5 Improve allied health representation on decision-making groups 8


Next Steps
  • Further synthesis of group activities
  • Action plans transposed into standardised format
  • Working party participants identified and communicated with
  • A final workshop report
  • 2017 GCCN Planning and Networking Day date identified


Acknowledgements
  • All participants for both generosity of spirit and contribution
  • Table facilitators for harnessing group input
  • Joanne Gell and Sue Bartlett for leadership and interim synthesis of a large amount of information
  • Pyrenees House staff for their professionalism

Workshop Program