End of Life Palliative Care Framework
Optimal Care Pathways
Optimal Care Pathways (OCPs) describe the optimal care for specific tumour types to support a consistent, quality approach to patient management. Each pathway identifies specific points along the cancer journey and recommended care in a care pathway. They are developed in consultation with clinicians, consumers and carers and are endorsed by the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council, National Cancer Expert Reference Group, Cancer Australia and Cancer Council.
GICS is committed to implementing the OCPs in the Grampians region. GICS aims to improve patient experiences and outcomes by connecting cancer care and driving best practice. The OCPs project is being led in Victoria by the Victorian Integrated Cancer Services (ICS) to improve cancer services for all cancer patients and their families. Lung and Colorectal OCPs are being implemented in the first instance.
GICS invites health services to participate in the implementation and adoption of the OCPs. GICS understands as they are relatively new, health services and organisations may be at various stages of awareness and planning for implementation. A baseline gap analysis survey and individual clinician interviews were undertaken to understand current practice in relationship to the recommendations in line with the OCPs.
The survey assisted GICS to understand:
- Health service and health professional awareness and understanding of the OCPs
- Barriers and enablers for implementing and adopting OCPs for health professionals and health services
- What support and resources would assist implementation of OCPs
GICS is currently providing feedback from the surveys and interviews to Health Services, to assist in the implementation and adoption of the OCPs across the Grampians region.
The Clinical Guidelines aim to ensure that patients are referred in a timely way to services appropriate to their clinical situation. GICS aims to provide referral information at the point of need so that health care professionals can easily find that information. The guidelines have been developed in line with the internationally recognized cancer ADAPTE collaboration approach.
More local guidelines will be available soon, watch this space.