The Integrated Cancers Services (ICS) were established in 2004-2005 to facilitate the implementation of cancer policy and improvements to cancer services across Victoria. They promote an integrated approach to consistent high quality care which focuses on delivering the right treatment and support to patients as early as possible during their cancer journey.
Each ICS works collaboratively to drive change at multiple levels across the health system, locally and state-wide. They are responsible for planning, integration, and coordination of cancer services across specified boundaries, to provide optimal cancer care that meets the needs of people with cancer.
ICS members are the hospitals and associated health services that deliver services for people with all types of cancers within a specified region. This includes public and private hospitals, community-based services, general practitioners (GPs) and other primary health organisations.
LMICS is formed via a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between partner health services across the Loddon Mallee Region (LMR). It has broad links across the region, as evidenced by Fig 1 below. This shows the professional groups that LMICS interacts through via the LMICS contacts database.
Improving patient experiences and outcomes by connecting cancer care and driving best practice.
The role of the ICS is to:
Loddon Mallee Integrated Cancer Service (LMICS) is part of a network across Victoria which aims to improve the quality and continuity of patient care, and that appropriate links exist between health services to optimise patient pathways for persons affected by cancer, working in partnership with other integrated cancer services throughout Victoria.